5 Restaurant-Inspired Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Athletes

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A quick search online on what basketball players eat shows a great divide—some subscribe to the fast food, chocolate and candy diet, while others like LeBron, Nash and Shaq have long been advocates of making healthier choices. So, what would an NBA player eat while on the road? We took a look and found five restaurants in the Atlantic Division with breakfast menus tailor made to fuel you up, whether you’re heading to work or your workout.

Toronto: Le Gourmand
A European-inspired café and bakery that pre-assembles most of their food for a quick, on-the-go breakfast. Two perks: getting your wrap toasted before hitting your morning commute is everything, and they make fresh orange juice on demand right in front of you.

Our pick: Breakfast Wrap with eggs, tomato, bacon and aged cheddar and an orange juice.

Chicago: Meli Cafe
Deep dish pizza may have put Chicago on the map, but there are plenty of healthy breakfast options to accommodate an athlete’s dietary needs. Meli Café has your protein, carb and healthy fats covered with a variety of egg dishes and breakfast bowls.

Our pick: the Green Omelet made with kale, spinach, asparagus, peppers, broccoli, feta and a side of baby red potatoes and toast.

Los Angeles: Cafe Vida
In-and-Out may seem like a good life choice in the moment, until it comes to your workout. Stay full longer with one of the many breakfast options from Café Vida in L.A. instead.

Our pick: Balance Breakfast Bowl – scrambled cage free egg whites with spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, roasted tomato sauce on top of organic brown rice and guacamole, choice of free range chicken breast or organic tofu.

Brooklyn: re.union
Classic Brooklyn pizza may be the classic go-to meal for most, but the city is full of fresh, inspiring breakfast ideas that are better for you and taste just as good. Re.union offers so many colourful and healthy breakfast options, it’s hard to pick a favourite. But we did—just for you. Frittatas are great make-ahead option that keeps well in the fridge for busy mornings or lunches.

Our pick: the Green Breakfast—a potatoes-and-herbs frittata with a green salad and kale pesto.

New York: Oat Meals 
Not a fan of oatmeal? You might be after grabbing a bowl of oatmeal to go from Oat Meals in Manhattan. There are plenty of reasons why so many athletes choose oatmeal as their main breakfast—it’s easy to make, portable, filling and the perfect blank canvas to soak up as many add-ons as you can think of. 

Our pick: the Antioxidant Awakening bowl made with Greek yogurt, dried pomegranate seeds, dark chocolate chips, chia seeds and honey or agave.
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