Like much of the population, the New Year has started with a new workout regime. I have traded an extra hour and a half of sleep in the morning to don my gym apparel and jump in the car to meet our club’s all-too-eager trainer. Now, his workouts are hard, real hard but—as I learned the hard way—they are impossible without getting in a good breakfast beforehand. So in an effort to stay on this healthy bandwagon, I have a few of my go-to workout breakfast items that never let me down.


My sister made a batch of these fiber-rich Morning Glory Muffins earlier this week and they are a definite must-have post-workout when I am in need a bit of protein fast. For pre-workout, I suggest taking Cooking Light’s advice and eating along with fat-free yogurt and fruit.


I love smoothies, especially after a workout when I am more inclined to reach for a drink rather than grab a fork or spoon and chow down—no matter how workout-friendly my meal is. My favorite is a Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothie. It gives me just the boost I need to make it through the rest of the morning. And it’s delicious!


When a smoothie just won’t cut it, this Cherry-Hazelnut Oatmeal recipe will really stick to my bones. Don’t like cherries or hazelnuts? Make it your own and add whatever fruit and/or nut accompaniments you care for.

My other favorite no-fail options:

  • Eggs—the recommendation of my trainer.
  • Water and lots of it—a no brainer.
  • Banana and peanut butter—for when I hit the snooze a few too many times.

To see more workout-friendly ideas check out Cooking Light’s 10 Best Foods and Drinks for Exercising.