The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off on Friday, Feb, 9 in South Korea, and there's no doubt these athletes are training their you-know-whats off to make sure they’ve got their routines down to a science. Optimal performance is a result of practice and a healthy body, which means these competitors need to catch a lot of Zs, find their zen, nourish their bodies with all the good eats. To fuel properly for intense training schedules and the competitions ahead, what Olympic athletes eat for breakfast could make or break their entire outcome, so don’t think for a second that the fact that these guys are doing loops in the air and speeding down snow-covered hills hinders their appetite in the morning. If anyone knows how to eat, it’s an Olympian.
Personally, I cannot work out on a full stomach. If I'm lifting, I'll maybe eat a spoonful of peanut butter beforehand, but if I'm doing cardio, it's likely I'll hop on the treadmill fasted. Then again, I am in no way, shape, or form, an Olympic athlete, and my training is far more lax compared to what their bodies are put through on the daily. Given their schedule probably has them up and moving from sun-up to sun-down, making time for a well-balanced meal to get their day started is vital to their overall performance.
Sure, they could easily scramble up a few eggs, shake some protein powder into a gallon of water, and call it a day, but every meal an Olympic athlete consumes has to be strategic. They not only have to think about what types of foods will enhance their performance, but also about what their body needs to stay full and healthy throughout the competition. It's not about one workout; it's about a series of events that could lead them to a shiny gold medal and a championship title.
I won't be super dramatic and say their fate lies on their breakfast plate, but still, it's not that big of an exaggeration. Nutrition is key to optimal health and perseverance. Ergo, if they want to win, they need to eat right. Here are some of the go-to meals Olympic athletes eat for breakfast when training.