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  • Breakfasts of Champions

  • Pro athletes share their regular breakfasts menus, and sports dietitian Cassie Dimmick weighs in.
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  • If breakfast is the most important meal For mere mortals like us, imagine how crucial it is for athletes who count on a good morning meal to see them through grueling practices and competitions. But how do their typical breakfast menus score when it comes to nutrition? We asked sports dietitian Cassie Dimmick of AchievingYourBest.net to assess the a.m. eats of these pros, and whether or not we should follow their lead.
    What pro golfer, Dustin Johnson, eats for breakfast.
    Dustin Johnson, top PGA Tour golfer
    Breakfast menu: Egg white omelet with veggies and ham, whole wheat toast with peanut butter and jelly, orange juice, fruit
    Sound bite: “I add oatmeal on game days for extra energy.”
    Pass or play? Play. Dustin makes the cut for including veggies, protein, whole grains, good fats and fruit—just limit the ham to once or twice a week.
    A recipe for Venus William's signature smoothie.
    Venus Williams, tennis champion 
    Venus jumpstarts her day with this superjuice, created by nutritionist Lauren Von Der Pool, author of Eat Yourself Sexy. Venus has Sjögren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that creates dry mouth and eyes, joint pain and fatigue. “The original recipe included an apple, but I took it out since sugar exacerbates her condition,” Von Der Pool says.
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