3 Clean Eating Breakfast Recipes for Athletes

The old adage that touts breakfast as the most important meal of the day is particularly true for athletes, many of whom rise early to complete a workout before their days get started and need a wholesome, well-balanced recovery meal. Even if you're not an early bird and you train at lunchtime or in the evening, you need a healthy breakfast to power your day. The following three breakfast recipes combine healthy carbs, fats and protein with antioxidant-rich produce and anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, garlic and onions.

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Nutty Berry Oat Bowl Recipe

1 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 tablespoons Sucanat
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup raw slivered almonds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
6 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle nuts on a baking sheet, and toast in oven, stirring once, until lightly browned, about 6 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle coconut on another baking sheet and toast in oven, stirring once, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Set aside nuts and coconut to cool.

Combine oats and 2 cups of water in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Once oats begin to soften and the liquid thickens, add chia seeds, flaxseed, Sucanat and ginger. Simmer and stir until oats meet your desired consistency.

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