One of the best times for an athlete to work out is in the morning before the start of their busy day. The only problem about working out in the morning is that most athletes don't eat breakfast. Either that or they eat too much breakfast before their workout. STACK talked to sports dietician Leslie Bonci find out which breakfast meals best fuel an athlete for a morning workout.
The trick to having a successful morning workout is to get enough sleep. You don't want to wake up late worrying about working out on an empty stomach. Bonci lists four great gut-friendly meals that will properly fuel an athlete.
This is for athletes who don't want to eat something solid before they work out. The benefits of a smoothie: it leaves your stomach faster and it also hydrates you. You don't want to drink too much though; a good serving size is around 12 ounces.
2. Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great snack before a workout. Most trail mixes combine healthy fats, fiber and protein. Just don't scarf down a whole bag before a workout. A good amount is around the size of your fist.
Surprisingly, a small pancake is a great breakfast before a workout. Not too many though. One small, light pancake does the trick. No syrup though. If you need a topping, use honey or jam or yogurt. You can even roll it up and eat it on the run.
4. Half a Peanut Butter Sandwich
The full peanut butter sandwich might take up too much room in your stomach. A half sandwich is the perfect amount. Peanut butter has a good amount of protein, which makes it great before a morning workout. You can also roll this up and eat it on the go.