Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday's Treat

Today's Tuesday treat is a favorite pre and post workout drink of mine.  When the alarm goes off before 5:00am, I do not really want to eat anything, but running or going to the gym on an empty stomach isn't the best idea either.  The perfect solution I have found is Bolthouse Farms Perfect Protein Mocha Cappuccino.

This is a drink that has a little bit of substance do it.  It contains coffee, milk and whey protein to give you that early morning jolt of caffeine and something in your stomach to fuel your workout.  Before a morning run, I usually only take a few sips.  Three gulps and I am ready to go.  That tides me over for the duration of my workout.  Sometimes I may drink again post workout, or I may have breakfast instead.  I usually only have one or the other so as not to go overboard on my calorie intake.

Bolthouse Farms makes several products of this sort, so if coffee is not your thing, they have many fruit and vegetable blends to suit your tastes.  They come in different sizes, so make sure to read the amount that consists of a serving. You can find it at all grocery stores (Kroger, Publix, Wal-mart, Target, etc.) in the refrigerated fruit section.  You can also find Naked brand drinks, which are just another brand of the same type thing.  I trust the ingredients in both of these brands, and I'm sure there are more out there.  Just make sure to read the labels when choosing something like this so you get the nutrients, protein and vitamins you want.


  1. Yay Jane!! I was actually going to email you to see what you ate or drank before your morning runs. I'm training for another half (its so hard in the heat) and feeling the need to "fuel" before my long runs. I actually had half a banana, tsp of peanut butter and a cracker before my last long one. Oh and a cup of coffee. I felt great initially, but, then the heat just got to be unbearable. The only problem with this was having to wait for at least 45 minutes before my run, which means I'm out the door when the sun is getting hotter, even tho it was only 7:30 am when I started my run. So thanks for the great "fueling" tip!!

  2. Debra, that is so exciting! And it IS hard in the heat - especially down there. I am so impressed. Your pre-race fuel sounds pretty good to me. It is just hard to eat when I start running at 5:00am so a cool drink works much better for me. Afterward I usually have another few sips or raisin bran with skim milk and some grapefruit or orange juice. And coffee. :)

    Bolthouse Farms and Naked Juice make a TON of different kinds of those drinks. They are a little thicker in consistency so they stick with you for a little while, but don't make you feel full before your workout.

    GOOD LUCK with your training!