7 Easy Power Breakfasts for Athletes

To all the breakfast avoiders out there, if you last ate at 6 or 7 p.m. the previous evening, waiting to eat until lunchtime is more than 12 hours of "fasting." This depleted state slows down your metabolism and has you working off fumes. You can't expect your body to perform at its peak if it's running on empty.

Endurance athletes function at their best when their bodies are fueled by a combination of calories from protein, carbohydrates and fat. The following breakfasts include all three, and will help power your training and your day.

Recycled Food

If you want to repurpose your leftovers, this is the breakfast for you. Scramble one or two eggs with rice, quinoa or couscous. Add in chopped vegetables, beans and cheese. If you have leftover chicken, turkey, beef or pork, chop it up and toss it in. Cook the scramble until the eggs are to the desired doneness.

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Greek Powerhouse

This breakfast is an energy powerhouse. Mix plain or vanilla Greek yogurt with a high-fiber cereal, ground nuts of your choice, fresh fruit and a little bit of ground flax seed. Greek-style yogurt has more protein than traditional yogurt, and the high-fiber cereal offers more crunch with less calories than granola. Additionally, yogurt, fiber, flax and fruit provide all the ingredients for a healthy digestive tract.

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Going Bananas

Top a bagel with nut butter and banana slices for a great source of carbohydrates, protein and calories. These foods are not only easily digestible, but can also be effortlessly assembled when you're out of town for an event.

Mediterranean Morning

Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, peppers, radishes, avocado, feta cheese and parsley with a light vinaigrette. Pair this with a slice of whole-grain bread and a hard-boiled egg for a colorful way to start your day.

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