by Angela Reed-Fox
Breakfast is good. When you wake up, your body has been fasting for hours, and so you'll need a little something before you move into workout mode, and replenish your energy. Ideally you'll want to eat 30-60 minutes before your workout session.
The more intense your workout, the more you'll need. As long as you don't eat too much, even if you're not a regular breakfaster, you'll usually find that you'll be able to acheive more with your workout.
A mix of carbohydrate and protein will give you energy and keep you going longer and stop your stomach adding a soundtrack to whatever activity you are doing.
If your workout is walking-based, low intensity (so up to 75% of your maximum heartrate), yoga, pilates or something similar, you'll want a small breakfast; perhaps toast (wholegrain provides a slower release of energy - this is good) with nut butter. Lovely combo of protein, fat and carbs right there. Or keep it simple with just a banana.
For more intense workouts such as indoor cycling, running, or HIIT, you'll need a bit more. Perhaps poached eggs on toast - add a bit of Marmite for extra bite (and salt, which will help you avoid a post-workout headache, if you have low blood pressure). Or perhaps have a few wholegrain crackers with cream cheese.
If you're a keen bean and you're training for an endurance event, you'll need a bit more. Porridge wins, hands down. It has a slow release of energy because it's wholegrain, and if you make it with soya milk, it's got lots of protein too. Click here for porridge/oatmeal recipes.