So, bikini season is nearly here, and you’ve grabbed yourself some gym equipment from Argos and got yourself motivated. You wake up early, ready for a day of hard physical work outs… and absolutely starving.
Working out on an empty stomach is no fun – the only thing that feels worse is working out on a stomach that’s full. So what can you eat that’s substantial enough to keep you going but not heavy enough to hold you back? Below we’ve got five ideas!
A small bowl of this super-food releases slow-burn energy so it’ll keep you full until lunchtime. Microwave or cook on the hob, adding banana and coconut milk halfway through for a tropical kick or keeping it simple with a teaspoon of honey and a dash of cinnamon. Grab half a grapefruit too, to keep you hydrated and refreshed.
2. Poach an egg
An easy, low-fat way to get a protein kick first thing. Boil water in a deep pan, and add a little vinegar and salt; when bubbles start to break the surface stir it in a circle and crack the egg into the centre of the whirlpool you create. It should result in a perfect UFO-shaped poached egg, which you can plonk on top of some healthy brown bread!
3. Mixed fruit
If your stomach is sometimes a bit sensitive first thing in the morning, drink a little water before adding chopped banana, pomegranate seeds, apples and citrus fruit to natural Greek yoghurt. You can add granola or a little bit of honey to sweeten and add texture; in the summer it’s easy to create fresh frozen yoghurt with an ice-cream maker (add sugar to taste – about ¼ cup of sugar for each cup of yoghurt).
It doesn’t take long to make your own granola, and it lasts well, so consider the hour-or-so you spend baking a breakfast investment. There are some great recipes online for this deliciously sweet concoction made from oats, nuts and seeds – play with the recipes until you find your favorite. Maybe you could add some dried fruit, like raisins, apricot, mango, coconut or banana, or experiment with honey, fruit juices and maple syrup?
5. Something grainy
Step away from the boring white toast – it’s time to liven up your morning carb intake. What about a whole wheat bagel with some low-fat cream cheese, raisins or sliced banana? Or a tortilla wrap filled with scrambled eggs, fresh peppers and sliced spring onions? A savory start to your day will keep your hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime and give you a nice balanced release of energy throughout the morning.