Addicted. 5:00 AM Workouts and Protein Bites.
I workout at 5:30 AM – 5 days a week. Occasionally, since COVID, it also may be a 5:00 AM run or 6:45 AM bootcamp. But no later. I find that my body functions best at this time of the morning. There is also something about that fresh air on your face before the sun rises. It is invigorating. Ask me 5 years ago if I would get up at 5:00 AM to workout ONE day a week and I would have said you are crazy!
But now, I love it and I am addicted. Addicted to a good workout. Addicted to waking up to the potential of each day and getting my blood moving. Addicted to doing something good for my body before the sun comes up. Addicted to starting my day on a positive note with an open and fresh mind. Addicted to the process and my routine. Addicted to my coffee “treat” each morning as I spend time with the kids before the day begins for everyone else in my house. Addicted to my post-workout coffee snack.
A question I get a lot and was reminded of because someone asked me this morning – do I eat before I workout? The answer is that I used to but I find now that I don’t need to eat until after I workout. The only thing I have before my workout is my LARGE cup of lemon water. However, this is what works for me. You may need a little pre-workout bite of something.
It’s part of my routine – addicted to my little morning ritual of a great workout followed by hot coffee and a perfect carb/protein/healthy fat snack to start my day. 99% of the time this is something I make on Sunday for the following week – either my almond bars or protein balls. This week it is the protein balls because my son also asked me to make them.
If you are also working out early in the morning and need a small snack pre-workout or post-workout OR anytime during the day for a little boost, these are deliciously perfect! Enjoy 🙂
No Bake Energy Bites
1 cup oats
2/3 cup organic coconut flakes (unsweetened)
3/4 cup natural nut butter ( organic almond, peanut, sunflower or cashew)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 cup local raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together until mixed thoroughly. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Roll into balls and store in the fridge for your daily “treat” through the week.