5 Breakfast Recipes for Athletes

We've all read a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while it's helpful to remember this tidbit, it's much more helpful to understand why.

Breakfast is the defending champion of the most important meal award for several reasons.? One, eating a healthy breakfast helps ensure that you get a full day's servings of fruits, vegetables and fiber. Think about it - it's hard to get five servings of anything if you're just getting started at lunchtime.

Two, you're less likely to overeat later in the day if you've started with a healthy meal, since you're far less prone to find yourself suddenly famished and/or groggy, reaching for any snack in sight or consuming disproportionately large evening meals.

Skipping breakfast is a missed opportunity to ingest key nutrients, maintain a comfortable tummy, keep workout on track and stay mentally sharp.? And, serious consequences aside, breakfast is such a lovely return to homeostasis after the night that it makes the morning feel like a grounding platform from which to start a positive day.

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