22 Best Breakfasts Before a Morning Workout

by | Sep 26, 2019 | Last updated Feb 15, 2022

There is a lot of information floating around on the internet about nutrition and workouts. It can be tough to sift through it all and, at times, it might feel overwhelming. The good news is that the #NoomNerds know their stuff and have done some of the sifting for you. If you have a morning workout routine you’re probably wondering what you could eat for breakfast to help get you going. Let’s take a look at some morning pre-workout breakfasts to help you in achieving your weight loss goals and beyond! 

We know that there are different types of carbs out there. Between simple carbs (sugar) and complex carbs (fiber rich), which is better for a morning workout? Trick question. The answer is both. We need both to get us through a workout but we have to have a balance. Simple carbs are quick sources of energy in the body and used quickly. Too many of these and getting through a full morning workout could be tough. Complex carbs take longer to digest and provide a more sustained source of energy for workouts and weight loss. 

Another important macronutrient for your pre-workout breakfast is protein. Incorporating a protein source into this pre-workout meal helps aid muscle function, recovery afterwards, and helps build muscle. When losing weight, our bodies have a really hard time distinguishing between the fuels they’re burning. As you work out, this becomes even more apparent. Keeping up with your protein intake can help you maintain muscle health as you work to lose fat. Combining protein with carbs also gives our bodies all the amino acids (what muscle is made up of) we need to build and maintain muscle tone. Sometimes getting in an adequate amount of protein early in the morning can be tough, so some prefer to use a protein powder to help them with this. Check out some of the Best Meal Replacements of 2019

Lastly, incorporating healthy fats into your pre-workout breakfast will be another important component to keeping your muscles fueled. When we work out, our bodies burn fuel sources in a specific order. First, we go through our glycogen stores from carbs, second we start to burn fat, and third we break down proteins (aka muscle). To minimize the amount of damage to our muscles (which is actually important for muscle growth to a certain extent) we will want to consume an appropriate amount of healthy fats. Look for foods like avocados, chia seeds, or nuts. Curious about chia seeds? Check out these chia seed recipes for weight loss!

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Nothing too fancy

  • ½ banana and 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 hard boiled egg and 1 slice of toast
  • ½ cup oatmeal and 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ apple and 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Greek yogurt cup and 1 tbsp dried fruit
  • Toaster waffle your favorite nut butter


Make-ahead muffins

Overnight oats