Grace Elkus, Grace Elkus, rebecca-longshore
March 07, 2015

This is the second post in our workout series.

When beginning a new workout routine, there are a variety of questions you have to ask yourself. What type of workout do I want to tackle, and when can I work it into my schedule? Do I want to do it alone, or with a partner? What is my ultimate fitness or weight loss goal?

Now that you're in a rhythm, congrats! Committing yourself to a new schedule and routine isn't easy, but it's incredibly rewarding. Now, however, comes the next set of questions—ones that don't deal with the workout itself, but instead, the food you'll be eating to keep you fueled and energized.

We've now completed five weeks of Kayla Itsine's Bikini Body Guide (which you can try for a week for free), and man, it's been a fun but crazy ride. Both of us were prepared for the early mornings and intense workout circuits—but neither of us expected our hunger levels to change so drastically. The foods that used to fill us up now leave us hungry an hour later! So, these past few weeks, we've been taking note of the breakfasts and snacks that have satisfied us and tided us over 'til lunch (because trust us, an applesauce won't cut it!)

Rebecca: We all know that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but throw in an intense cross training or sprint-interval workout before, and it becomes vital. Eating breakfast is so important after a workout because it replenishes the energy you lost during your training. The trick to this workout was finding the right breakfast to keep me full after burning so many calories.

My trick? Oatmeal jars. I can pack them on the weekend, and grab one on my way out the door in the morning. When I get to work, I fill the pre-made oatmeal jar with hot water, microwave for about 30 seconds, stir, then devour. The ingredients listed below work well because they are shelf stable, taste great, and pack in antioxidants, protein, and whole grains—the perfect post-workout mix.

The Basic Recipe: Makes 1 serving

  • 16 oz wide mouth canning jar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup freeze dried berries
  • 1 tablespoons dried coconut chips
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon chia/flaxseed mix
CALORIES 271; FAT 10.2g (sat 0.37g, mono 2.2g, poly 1.6g); PROTEIN 8.7g; CARB 38g; FIBER 7.2g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 3.7mg; SODIUM 2.6mg; CALC 78.6mg

If you’re looking for a different flavor profile, you could also throw in the following instead: 2 tablespoons of PB2 with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of nuts with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of freeze dried bananas with 1 tablespoon of nuts.

See more: Oatmeal Recipes 

Grace: Snacks can be one of the more overwhelming parts of a healthy diet. You don't want to overdo it, but you also don't want to be hungry 20 minutes later. Before beginning this workout, I was mostly concerned with keeping calories at a minimum—which meant eating a clementine, some berries, or maybe a cheese stick. But I've quickly learned that will no longer cut it, and I instead need something packed with both protein and fiber. These Quinoa Pistachio Granola Bars, which are filled with quinoa, pistachios, almond butter, and flaxseed meal, definitely fit the bill. They're adapted from these energy bars, and they are delicious. Plus, you can play around with the ingredients, so tweak 'em to your liking and use what you have on hand.

If you're looking for customized meal plans based on what you like to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, look no further—the Cooking Light Diet has you covered. Find out more: https://www.cookinglightdiet.com/

See more: How hard do I have to workout to be able to eat more?See more: What do I do when...it's 6 p.m., I'm out of calories for the day, and I'm starving? 

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