Going Nuts Before Working Out

During a recent interview, Chalene Johnson was asked if she ate anything before working out. She said that she usually just had some almonds because she found that if she ate, for example a protein bar (300 cal.), it was like a meal and she wanted to eat more.

I thought I’d post her suggestion here and ask if any of our readers had found any other pre-workout foods/drinks that worked for them? I’ve also read that drinking coffee can prior to working out can also give you the energy boost you need to get through it. Does anyone do this? How about one of the many pre-workout energy drinks available?

Beachbody has just put out a new nutritional product called, “Reset.” You can watch a short video about it here.



Scrambled eggs – 360 Calories

2 scrambled eggs
2 strips of turkey bacon
1 piece whole wheat toast
1 pat of low fat butter
1 coffee or tea
8 oz water

Video: Shakeology Elite Workout

Skinny Meals: Baked Mini Pumpkins

The following is taken from, “Skinny Meals: 50 Family-Friendly Meals under 300 Calories” by Samatha Brown.


  • 1 small sugar pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F
  2. Cut the top of the pumpkins off and then scrape out the pumpkin seeds inside. Put brown sugar and butter inside pumpkins. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Return the lid to the pumpkin and position pumpkin in a baking dish with about an inch of water in ti’s bottom.
  3. Bake pumpkin at 350 for around thirty minutes or until pumpkin is tender, or in a microwave on high power for ten to fifteen minutes.

Nutritional Information

Servings per recipe: 1

Calories: 165

  • Total Fat: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 21 mg
  • Total Carbs: 37.8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.7g
  • Protein: 4.8

“Skinny Meals” is available from Amazon.

If you’re going to be following a diet plan, you might also consider adding some nutritional supplements. You can watch a short video about Beachbody’s products here.

300 Calorie Meals: Oatmeal

Oatmeal – 325 Calories

  • 1 cup oatmeal with raisins
  • 1 cup of fruit
  • 1 cup coffee or tea
  • 1 banana


How about adding some exercise to your oatmeal? Now you can take P90X anywhere using your iPhone. You can watch a short video about it here.

What Does a 300 Calorie Breakfast Look Like?

Breakfast – 290 Calories

  • 1 whole wheat English muffin
  • 2 pats low fat butter
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1/2 cup of fruit
  • 8 oz fruit juice
  • 8 oz water


300 Calorie Fast Food Meals

  • Subway Veggie Delight 6″ sub, and 1 can diet soda
  • Burger King: Four Chicken Tenders and a small order of onion rings.
  • Wendy’s: Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Subway: Any “7 Under 6” sandwich. Warning: The moment you add mayo, oil, or cheese, the calorie count starts climbing.
  • Dairy Queen: Grilled chicken sandwich or DQ Homestyle cheeseburger
  • KFC: Tender Roast Sandwich without sauce. Two Original Recipe fried drumsticks or two wings.
  • Arby’s: Light Grilled Chicken sandwich.

You’ll find more 300 calorie meal ideas here.

Butter Bean Burgers (less than 300 cal.)

From allrecipes.com


1 (15 ounce) can butter beans, drained
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
6 saltine crackers, crushed
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup vegetable oil


In a medium bowl, mash butter beans. Mix in onion, jalapeno pepper, crushed crackers, egg, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Divide into 4 equal parts, and shape into patties.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; use more or less oil to reach 1/4 inch in depth. Fry patties until golden, about 5 minutes on each side.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving Calories: 297 | Total Fat: 20.1g | Cholesterol: 68mg