Pre-Workout Coffee Recipe for Early Morning Exercisers
Written by Michele Vieux

Looking for a way to get in some calories before you workout but can’t stand the thought of eating solid food so early in the morning? I’ve been loving my breakfast coffee recipe! Not only do I go to bed looking forward to waking up so I can enjoy it, it also keeps me satiated for 5-6 hours which is helpful when I’m on the floor coaching and don’t have time to eat. I’ve also found it gives me enough energy for my morning workouts without having to force myself to eat and without worrying about being too full or nauseous during my workout.


1-2 cups of Cold Brew or Iced Coffee (you can use hot if you prefer)

2-4 rounded Tablespoons Collagen Protein Powder (2 Tablespoons = about 11 grams of protein)

¼ – ⅓ cup Coconut Milk (depending on how creamy and delicious you like your coffee)


Place all the ingredients into your shaker bottle, adding the collagen powder last so it doesn’t stick to the bottom corners. Shake well. Serve over ice. If you don’t do well exercising with fats in your stomach, then cut back on the coconut milk or eliminate it altogether.

More Info on the Ingredients

Collagen protein powder is great because it eliminates the allergy problems caused by whey protein and it dissolves very nicely in cold or hot liquids. It also doesn’t have any flavor so you can add it to anything. And it is great for rebuilding tissues in our body after workouts and injuries. Be prepared for your skin to look great and your hair and nails to grow more quickly and become much stronger. I get mine on Amazon and it comes in a large bin or in single-serve packages but there are many other options out there. As usual, scrutinize labels! There should only be one ingredient on the package – collagen protein.

The coconut milk I like is called Aroy-D and can also be found on Amazon and at Asian markets like 99 Ranch if you live in the Southwest or SoCal. I like this brand because it is 100% coconut milk – no preservatives or guar gum, it doesn’t separate in your coffee, is a good source of healthy saturated fats (natural source) and it comes in a box versus a can so it’s BPA-free. Many people have questions about saturated fats being healthy or not. There is a lot of propaganda out there (paid for by the sugar industry) to make us believe they are unhealthy when, in fact, our bodies do need these to function correctly. As with anything, moderation is key and they should not be your only source of calories or fats.

Time to look forward to your rise and shine! Try this recipe and let us know how you like it. Or, share any early morning meal ideas you like to use.

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Candy Olkey
Candy Olkey
April 10, 2018 4:48 pm

I struggle with when is the “best time” to take Collagen. I usually mix it and drink right after my workout since I drink my L-Glutamine when I get up at 1 am…along with taking my Omega3 and D3. I usually workout early afternoon. Should I drink the collagen before I workout?

Craig Ketelsen
Craig Ketelsen
August 31, 2017 1:18 pm

Do you use collagen protein exclusively, or do you supplement with both collagen and whey protein for specific reasons?

Fernando Villasenor
Fernando Villasenor
August 24, 2017 1:06 am

Would you recommend a shaker bottle if the coffee is hot?

August 23, 2017 9:15 am

interesting. Thanks for sharing this.

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