Recipe: Energizing Pre-Workout Coffee

One of the questions I get asked most often is what to eat and drink before, during, and after a workout. Rule number one: don’t eat a big meal within two hours of working out – you want your bloodflow to go to your working muscles, not your stomach!

If you need a little something two hours or less before exercise, try one of my All-In-One Protein Bars. I formulated them to have the right amount of healthy fat, protein, and carbs to take the edge off your hunger and support your energy without slowing you down.

The recipe below is also another ideal light pre-workout meal. MCT oil sourced from coconut is very easy to burn and energizing, while the caffeine in the coffee enhances athletic performance and supports fat-burning.1,2 L-glutamine can help boost growth hormone and spare glycogen for muscle growth, and the protein in the shake aids post-workout recovery.3,4

Added bonus: it tastes great, and you can use any flavor of shake you like! This recipe is a great reason to look forward to working out. (Need more help getting excited? How about a complete fitness program that takes minutes a day and costs less than $50?)


Energizing Pre-Workout Coffee


May 30, 2019

Want an energy boost before you exercise? Make a cup of this tasty coffee with the protein and nutrients you need to make the most of your workout.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Yields: 1 Serving


1 JJ Virgin All-In-One Protein Shake* (any flavor or protein type)

1 cup freshly brewed organic mycotoxin-free coffee**

1 tsp MCT oil or 1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tsp L-Glutamine Powder*


1Whisk shake powder, MCT oil, and L-Glutamine Powder into hot coffee until smooth. (Sources for all ingredients can be found in notes below.)

2Mixed coffee can be poured over ice after mixing or served hot.

*Want to know more about JJ Virgin All-In-One Protein Shakes and L-glutamine Powder? Check out to see product details and FAQs.


** I always use Bulletproof coffee beans, and their MCT oil is also top-notch.


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