Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For a healthy eating habit, everyone should have a nutritional breakfast to start the day energetic and awake all your senses. A healthy breakfast requires a good balance of protein, carbs and fiber combination.
Ever wonder how our recent 2016 Rio Olympians fuel their energy in the morning to prepare them for long, hard practice? With their vigorous training schedules, a healthy and nutritional breakfast is a must to set them physically strong and mentally awake for the busy practice schedule.
Illustrated photo by Jade Wulfraat
The recent 2016 Olympic event in Rio, with a full media coverage has brought us to the backstage exclusive interviews of the athletes and their daily routines. How they stay focused and energetic for grueling exercises. Here are the top 5 athletes who have been voted the most notable athletes in the team USA by teamUSA.org and their breakfasts, the first meal to fuel their energy for the day.
Michael Phelps, born on June 30th 1985, is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals (23 of them are Gold). With his impressive career, despite a few of his setbacks in character, Michael Phelps is one of the most celebrated Olympic Champion and is a great role model for many to follow their dreams. Michael Phelps is the living proof of the achievements ones can get by focusing and working their hardest to achieve their goals.
Starting out with a hearty breakfast, this world-renown champion shares his daily breakfast routine:
• 3 grilled cheese and fried egg sandwiches with tomatoes, fried onion & mayo
• 5 egg omelets
• A bowl of grits topped with blueberries
• 3 slices of French toasts coated with powdered sugar
• 3 large chocolate chip pancakes
• 2 cup of coffee
Total calories count = 4000 calories
Katie Ledecky, born on March 17th 1997, is a five-time Olympic Gold medalist and nine-time world champion, becoming only the second swimmer to sweep the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle titles at single games.
So what does Katie Ledecky normally eat to power her energy to champion her opponents? Ms Ledecky simply said she’d eat whatever her mom cooks for her. For her breakfasts, Ledecky prefers a healthy, energizing diet choice. She breaks her breakfast into small meals. Her first meal starts as early as 4:30am, with peanut butter spread on 2 slices of wholegrain bread, along with an apple or a banana. Her second breakfast right after her morning practice is a bit more substantial with an omelet or a bagel, and an egg sandwich along with a full glass of chocolate milk.
Tatyana McFadden was born in Russia on April 21st, 1989 with spina bifida, a congenital disorder that paralyzed her from the waist down. She spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage with virtually nothing, not even a wheelchair. In 1994 she was adopted by Deborah McFadden, the former Commissioner of Disabilities for the U.S. Department of Health and moved to US. Tatyana McFadden tried different sports to build her strength. She immediately fell in love with wheelchair racing. McFadden has won 10 Paralympic medals in multiple Summer Paralympic Games. On Sept 28th, 2016, she was honored by the United States Olympic Committee as Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games.
Tatyana McFadden breaks her breakfast into 2 parts. First part of her breakfast is early in the morning before her workout; she goes light on her stomach, just hydrate herself with water and eating yogurt to wake her body up, getting her mind into the workout.
After her grueling morning workout, she likes a hearty breakfast to recover her energy back. Her breakfast includes pancakes or crepes or waffles with strips of bacon, 2 hard-boiled eggs, smoothies or fresh fruits with more yogurts.
Simone Biles was born on March 14th 1997. As an American artistic gymnast, Simone Biles has won a combined total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals; which made her the most decorated American gymnast of all time.
Ok if you haven’t heard, Ms Biles’ ideal date with movie star Zac Efron would be a breakfast on the beach. So of course, she takes the notion of having breakfast to her heart. Unlike most of her fellow Olympians, Simone Biles likes her breakfast simple, light and quick, just enough to fuel up her body for her practice routine in the morning. Kellogg’s Red Berries or egg whites are her daily morning breakfast.
Photo source: TeamUSA.org on Twitter
Brad Snyder was on born February 29th 1984. Snyder didn’t set out to be an Olympian. He was a lieutenant in the Navy, and served in Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal officer. On Sept 7th, 2011 Brad Snyder lost both of his eyes after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He rose from the darkness and has won 2 Gold medals and 1 Silver at 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, 3 Gold medals and 1 silver at 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio. US Olympic Champion Brad Snyder is also the current world record holder for the 100-meter freestyle events.
For a champion with a hero heart in him, Brad Snyder's breakfast is all American’s favorites: eggs, bacons, pancakes, French toast and milk shakes.