Tips to Make Your Morning Workout Work for You!

I am always looking for a quick “meal” before and sometimes for a quick pick-me-up after my spin workout.  Smoothies are a great option.  They are easy to eat and you can take them with you if you are pressed for time  (although we know it is best to sit and enjoy your meal to get the most nutrition out of it.)  

If you find yourself opting for an energy bar or other processed food in place of whole foods because you “just don’t have the time to make something,” here are some quick tips you might like to try that will ensure you have no excuses!  

1. Have recipes ready - It helps to have the ingredients at hand, so I like to gather a couple of recipes at the beginning of the week and shop for the ingredients all at once.  I have a folder on my computer filled with recipes I want to try.

2. Wash and prep ingredients when you have time, not when you are on the run - When I get home for a grocery shopping trip, I wash whatever veggies or fruits I might need and store them in my refrigerator.  

Carrots and celery keep well in the fridge, even if cut up.  You can buy pre-cut veggies at most grocery stores these days, or save money, and pre-chop them at home.  You can also do this with veggies like broccoli.  While you’re at it you can chop up some onions, and even mushrooms (although they will only keep a couple of days.)  They’ll be ready for you to blend into a morning omelet or afternoon salad!

3. Another way to save some time in the morning is to pre-mix your dry ingredients.  For example, smoothies are always better with the addition of healthy essesntial fatty acids and protein.  One great way to do this is to add seeds (such as flax, chia, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin) and/or any of the many “superfoods” and anti-inflammatory foods (such as maca, cinnamon, turmeric, mesquite, gogi berries, etc.)  It can take time to measure each one individually when making a quick morning smoothie.  Better to make your favorite mix ahead of time and store it in a glass jar or container in the refrigerator,  then all you need is one scoop and your done!

4. If that still sounds like too much trouble, try assembling most of your smoothie ingredients in the blender container the night before.  This works best if you add your greens and cut up fruit with the dry ingredients.   Just add your liquids in the morning for easier mixing.  Place the container on the blender base and blend away!

Hope this helps motivate you to start your day in a healthy way.  To give you just a bit more incentive, here are a couple of smoothie recipes to start with from Simple Green Smoothies.

This is a great one for a quick pre-workout meal.

And here is one for post-workout to replenish lost fluids and nutrients.

Let me know if you are able to put any of these tips into practice!  What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

Yours in Health,