What to eat on the run with morning workouts?
June 7, 2011 10:21 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to transition to being a morning workout person so that my evenings are a little more free, but I don't know what to eat for breakfast that'll work with this routine. Any suggestions?
posted by Kosh to Health & Fitness (29 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I really want to start hitting up the gym in the morning so that I don't have to exercise after work, as I find that it really cuts a hole through the evening... after I'm done with my workout, dinner, and getting things ready for the following day, I barely have time to do any of the other things I want to do. I experimented with getting up earlier and going to the gym instead, and it worked surprisingly well, but I ended up having to eat out for breakfast when I did so and didn't really think that was a good idea.
I used to keep a stash of wheat bagels in my desk at work and toast them with peanut butter for breakfast, but I wanted to get away from the big carb infusion and start having a more complete breakfast. So now, I typically have protein-heavy breakfasts in the morning before I go to work--two eggs, occasionally a few strips of bacon or sausage links, and a slice of wheat toast with peanut butter are my staples. Sometimes a glass of milk as well. My problem is that these things aren't portable, and I don't have time to go back to my apartment to make breakfast after I work out. My gym has towel service so I'll typically shower there, put my work clothes on, and head to the nearby subway station.
(I know that "breakfast food" is a cultural thing and that there's not really anything stopping me from taking grilled chicken breast and vegetables and heating them up for breakfast when I get to work, but I'd prefer to avoid that if I can.)
As I see it, my options are either: (1) get up way earlier than I want to eat my regular stuff and have a little time to digest or (2) eat out on the way to work, which is usually some combination of suboptimally nutritious, expensive, and time-consuming/out-of-the-way. Has anyone dealt with a situation like this before? How'd you solve it?