Pro Plates: Breakfast

September 1, 2012 | Featured in the Back to School 2012 Issue

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Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, especially for athletes. A well-balanced breakfast with carbohydrates and lean protein jumpstarts your metabolism and ensures that your body has the energy to power through practice, workouts or games later in the day.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter recognizes the connection between eating a good morning meal and playing well later that day. He says, “If you’re out there and you feel tired, you probably didn’t eat a good breakfast.”

Torii Hunter’s Breakfast

  • Burrito with scrambled eggs and turkey sausage: whole-wheat tortilla (120c, 7g of fat, 22g carbs, 3g of protein), scrambled eggs (140 C, 10g fat, 12g of protein), turkey sausage (3 links: 120C, 7g of fat, 1 carb, 13g of protein)
  • Hash browns: 2/3rd cup hash browns (70c, 16g of carbs, 2 g of protein)
  • Watermelon: 1 cup is 46 c, 11g carbs, 1 g of protein

Meal Total

  • 496 calories
  • 31 grams of protein
  • 50 grams of carbs
  • 20 grams of fat

Breakfasts From Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

Walsh: “I've been eating multi-grain Eggos with almond butter, agave [a natural sweetener] and honey, which gives me my grains, protein and fruit—everything you need to start off your day.” If she’s in a hurry, she might mix up a protein shake with natural whey protein and fresh berries.

May-Treanor: She likes the protein punch of eggs, and she “doesn't think bacon is a bad thing.”

Option 1: Whole-grain waffle (2 waffles: 170 c, 6g of fat, 26g of carbs, 5 g of protein), agave syrup (1 tbsp: 60 c, 16g of carb), honey (1 tbsp: 60 c, 16g of carb), protein shake (natural whey protein: 120 c, 1g of fat, 3g of carb, 24g of protein; cup of mixed berries: 70 calories, 17g of carbs, 1 g of protein)

Meal Total

  • 480 calories
  • 7 grams of fat
  • 78 grams carbs
  • 30 grams of protein

Option 2: Scrambled eggs (140 C, 10g Fat, 12g of Protein), bacon (center cut 3 slices: 70 c, 5 fat g, 7g of protein), fruit (fruit cup mixed banana, strawberries, blueberries: 60 calories, 15g of carbs, 1 protein)

Meal Total

  • 270 calories
  • 15 grams of fat
  • 20 grams of protein
  • 25 grams of carbs

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