The result of Ronda's December 30 comeback fight wasn't what she—or any Rousey fans—wanted. (It's fine, though, because it only fuels her mission to be #PerfectNever.) Though those 50 seconds weren't her best, she did show up looking her best—Rousey's coach himself even admitted she's in the best shape of her life.
So what's her secret to such a strong, badass body? First of all, she trains like a beast; we chatted with her coach Edmond Tarverdyan of Glendale Fighting Club in California about the four to six hours a day she spends in the gym. Tarverdyan is also tuned into her nutrition, which is controlled by the MMA's top weight management coach, Mike Dolce. He helps design the healthy eating framework for Rousey leading up to the fight.
While she eats a variety of different healthy meals, her breakfasts stay pretty consistent: "She eats same thing all the way through training," says Tarverdyan. "The only thing that changes throughout camp and fight week is proportions."
It's a special breakfast bowl that Dolce came up with, called the Dolce Bowl. It meshes a spread of superfoods that help Rousey (and anyone else who noshes on it first thing) start the day on the right track. All you need is:
- 1/4 cup high-fiber oat bran
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- cinnamon and agave to taste
Putting it together is easy: Just boil a cup of water on the stove and mix the desired amount into the dry ingredients (adding less water for a thicker texture, more water for a soupy texture). It's that simple, and it's crazy healthy. At about 350 calories, this breakfast packs 18g of fiber, 16g of protein, 18g of fat, and 63g of carbs, meaning it'll get your body revving and ready to go—but will keep you full for hours. (More where that came from: quinoa breakfast bowls, chia pudding, and overnight oats.)
Want a visual? Check out Dolce whipping up his signature breakfast bowl (a slightly different variation than Ronda's) in the video below.