I like to eat a light pre-work out meal with simple carbs and a moderate amount of protein (my favorite is a banana with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, which is right around 200 calories) and within an hour or so of finishing a worko ut I will eat a "full" breakfast (around 300 calories) with no less than 15 g of protein and a decent amount of carbs (usually Greek yogurt and a hemp protein powder with a very generous portion of fresh fruit and a little bit of granola).
When I first started taking my exercise program seriously a few months ago I had some really nasty side effects (I was shaky all day and VERY irritable). Once I was more conscious of HOW I was eating before and after my workouts, these side effects disappeared. Best of luck!
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I will often grab some string cheese (or really any kind would work) and a piece of fruit and/or toast. I find that to be pretty light for me before a workout, but filling enough that I don't pass out!!! :-)
Isn't it funny how our bodies are all so different and what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for the other.
Smoothies are great easy idea and you can put nearly anything in them. I get what you mean about the oatmeal. Have you tried using it on workout days, but splitting the portion so it digests better? In other words, eat 1/4 pre-workout and the other 1/4 cup as your post workout refuel? That's a great time to get your banana too. If you have a good blender, you can sneak a little uncooked oatmeal into a smoothie for a slow digesting carb.
How about making a smoothie with some greek yogurt and fruits/berries/veggies? Or just some Greek yogurt and fruit.
I don't know how heavy this would be, but maybe some egg whites on toast or an English muffin with cheese (this is a breakfast staple for me).
There's also tons of recipes for homemade protein bars, you could try one of those, or muffins, maybe. I know that Jamie Eason (a fitness model) has a recipe floating around out there for turkey muffins (that are basically mini turkey meatloafs, I think) that might work or make egg "muffins". Otherwise, my suggestion was totally going to be peanut butter and banana!
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I often exercise in the morning: I get up at 8am, get dressed, feed the baby, and then go work out around 9:30 or 10am.
Since I'm not going to exercise immediately after getting up, I definitely need to eat before I work out -- if not, I'm not a happy camper. But if I eat something too heavy or filling, I don't feel good when I work out.
I need some suggestions for what to eat before my workout. It has to be energy-filled but not too filling, and preferably around 200-400 calories. Currently I eat peanut butter and banana on a whole grain English muffin -- it works well, but I'm getting pretty tired of it. I also like hard boiled eggs.
When I don't work out in the morning, I have oatmeal for breakfast, but this is a very dense, heavy breakfast that sits in my stomach and doesn't help my workout.
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