Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So we asked dietitian Hala Barghout to look at what kickstarts these Olympic athletes
Sunday , 08 July 2012
Channel Olympic nutrition
Channel Olympic nutrition
Jessica Ennis, heptathlete
Jessica Ennis, heptathlete
Tom Daley, diver
Tom Daley, diver
Ashton Eaton, decathlete
Ashton Eaton, decathlete
Nastia Liukin, gymnast
Nastia Liukin, gymnast
Usain Bolt, sprinter
Usain Bolt, sprinter

Jessica Ennis, Heptathlete
HER WINNING BREAKFAST:
Branflakes, orange juice, organic flapjack and piece of fruit.
WHY THIS WORKS FOR HER: This is a fibre-packed breakfast. Not only is there fibre in the branflakes, but the fruit, the flapjack and the orange pulp too. Hala says, “make sure the organic flapjacks are low in hydrogenated fats and sugars”.

Tom Daley, Diver
HIS WINNING BREAKFAST:
Beans on toast.
WHY THIS WORKS FOR HIM:  “Beans have low GI and are high in fibre and water making you feel full,” says Hala. “They are also a great source of protein.” The toast contains complex carbs if it’s wholegrain.

Ashton Eaton, Decathlete
HIS WINNING BREAKFAST:
Two eggs, turkey bacon, toast and Greek yogurt with muesli.
WHY THIS WORKS FOR HIM: Ashton is getting a protein hit with this breakfast. Not only is the bacon a good source, but the eggs are high in muscle-building protein too. On top of this eggs contain “choline, which is good for the nervous system,” says Hala. And the Greek yogurt and muesli are a “good source of prebiotics and are good for digestion”.

Nastia Liukin, Gymnast
HER WINNING BREAKFAST:
Coffee, a bowl of cereal or egg whites.
WHY THIS WORKS FOR HER: “A cereal high in fibre is good for digestion. It adds bulk to your meal making you feel full,” says Hala. And the egg whites are “low in calories, contain protein and they’re fat free too,” Hala adds.

Usain Bolt, Sprinter
HIS WINNING BREAKFAST: Yams and fried green bananas or maybe saltfish.
WHY THIS WORKS FOR HIM: This Jamaican feast is packed with nutrients. The yams are high in vitamin C and fibre. The green bananas retain their nutrients, and the saltfish is also high in minerals. Hala advises you wash the salt off the fish.

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