The Athlete’s Omelet: Not for breakfast only!

The Athlete’s Omelet: Not for breakfast only!

Given that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your chances of eating breakfast improve when you plan a meal that is both yummy and offers nutrients that will help you perform well. 

This recipe is a favorite from Gale Bernhardt, cycling and triathlon coach. What makes this an “athlete’s” omelet is the added carbohydrate (rice)—and the compilation of nutrient-dense foods from all four food groups:

1. veggies/fruit (spinach/pepper/tomato)

2. protein (egg)

3. dairy/calcium-rich foods (cheese)

4. grain (rice).

You can easily modify the omelet to suit your needs:

–add diced, cooked potato instead of rice.
— add any and all vegetables that happen to be handy (onion, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.)
–boost the protein by adding diced ham, cottage cheese or tofu.

Before you dive into this omelet recipe, you’ll need to have cooked some brown rice ahead of time, so that it is chilled. (Alternatively, Gail suggests you buy frozen brown rice.)Because the rice is chilled, it makes the grains firm and chewy in the omelet making the texture special. It’s tasty for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and recovery meals.

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large egg and 2 egg whites, or two whole eggs
1/2 cup of brown rice (pre-cooked and chilled)
½ tomato, diced
handful of fresh spinach
1/4 sweet yellow bell pepper, diced

Salt and pepper, as desired

Optional: ¼ cup shredded cheese
1. Lightly coat the bottom of a small skillet with the olive oil.

2. Stir the egg and egg whites together and set them aside.

3. On medium heat, lightly cook the vegetables until tender-crisp.

4. Add the eggs, rice (and cheese) at the same time. Cook the mixture until the eggs are firm and moist, but not hard. You can cook the egg mixture into a “pancake” (that you flip) or a folded omelet.
Yield: 1 serving; Total calories: 250 (without cheese)

28 g carbohydrate; 15 g protein; 9 g fat

This is one of 70 sports recipes in Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook,new 5th Edition. Get cooking!

Written by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD is an internationally respected sports nutritionist, weight coach, nutrition author, and workshop leader. She is a registered dietitian (RD) who is a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She is also a certified WellCoach. Nancy specializes in nutrition for performance, life-long health, and the nutritional management of eating disorders. She counsels both casual exercisers and competitive athletes in her private practice in the Boston area (Newton, MA). Some of her clients consider her to be their food coach, others their food therapist. Regardless, she enjoys the challenge of helping sports-active people transform their suboptimal eating habits into effective fueling plans. Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, a best-selling resource, has sold over 550,000 copies and is now in it's new fifth edition.

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