This mocha protein shake is the perfect thing to sip before an early morning workout – it tastes great and will give you the energy you need to crush it at the gym!
I’m often asked, “Should I eat something before my early morning workout?”
The answer: absolutely YES! Most of us have heard about the advantages of early morning cardio on an empty stomach…right? The theory is that if you do your cardio in the morning (on an empty stomach) you will burn more fat.
I’m not saying that this is wrong, but most people that do early morning cardio on an empty stomach have a split training schedule. Which means, they’ll do their cardio in the am…eat breakfast…and strength train a few hours later. I don’t know about you, but I have enough trouble scheduling 1 workout a day, let alone 2!
Like most people, you will probably only have time to workout once a day and you want to make it count! It’s important to eat before your workout so that your body has fuel to function and build muscle. Don’t be afraid of bulking up, ladies…you won’t! Lean muscle is your body’s fat burning furnace, giving you the coveted “toned” look and burning calories hours after your workout is complete!
This is great news(!) and it’s important to fuel your muscles before you demand a lot from them. Empty stomach cardio might burn calories during your workout, but eating protein before your workout helps preserve lean muscle, which will burn calories during & AFTER you’re done exercising!
In a nutshell, eating a protein filled breakfast within an hour of waking up is great for fat loss because:
- it boosts your metabolism!
- it prevents carb cravings later in the day!
- it preserves the lean muscle that gives you the “toned” look!
- it gives you enough energy and nutrients to get an awesome workout early in the morning and set yourself up for an energized and productive day!
Planning on an early morning workout tomorrow? Try this delicious Mocha Protein Shake!Print
mocha protein shake
Mocha protein shake gives you the delicious flavors of coffee and chocolate with the nutrients you need to get a great workout!
1/2 frozen banana (remove the peel and slice the banana before freezing)
1 Cup unsweetened coconut milk (almond milk can also be used)
1 scoop chocolate protein (my favorite is Vega)
1 large tsp ground flax seeds
1 tsp instant coffee granules (try the Trader Joe’s Colombian Instant Coffee…it’s delicious!)
3 ice cubes
water – start with 1/2 cup, blend, then add more until you get the desired consistency
Blend everything together and enjoy!