What U.S. Open stars eat for the most important meal of the day
Venus Williams’s Healthy Breakfast
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With 21 Grand Slam titles under her belt, Venus has had a lot of practice perfecting her match-day breakfast. "An omelet, whole wheat toast, and freshly squeezed orange juice," she says. Feeling and looking great are important to Venus, who's teamed with Ralph Lauren to create tennis togs that benefit the Women's Sports Foundation.
Make Venus's Breakfast Work for You
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Registered dietitian Kristine Paulin says Venus's breakfast is a healthy, energizing way to start the day. "You could even add some fresh vegetables to the omelet," she says, "and cook it in olive oil to balance out the meal with a heart-healthy fat."
RECIPE: Try this Greek Omelet with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
Maria Sharapova's Healthy Breakfast
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"Hydration and nutrition are two big keys to having a lot of energy when I'm on the court," says Sharapova, who's also joined Evian's Live Young campaign. So what's Maria's morning meal? "An egg white omelet, some oatmeal, and berries," says the pro. "And maybe a smoothie or something."
RECIPES: Try these Simple-to-Make Smoothies
Make Maria's Breakfast Work for You
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Paulin approves Maria's breakfast choices: "Egg whites are a good source of protein, oatmeal is a great source of whole grains, and berries are not only a good source of antioxidants but also carbohydrates." Breakfast boost: Add a few walnuts or almonds to the oatmeal to balance this meal with good fat.
Melanie Oudin's Healthy Breakfast
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"I'm not a big breakfast eater," admits the 18-year-old, who's partnered with American Express and the USTA to resurface battered public tennis courts. "I usually have Raisin Bran or Special K—just cereal and then some fruit and yogurt." She eats pasta and grilled chicken before each match, however, to fuel up on carbs and protein.
Make Melanie's Breakfast Work for You
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Melanie's small breakfast is big on nutrition. "Having cereal like Raisin Bran or Special K would provide whole grains and fiber, which are a good source of carbohydrates," says Paulin. But athletes need protein at every meal, so Paulin suggests replacing the yogurt with 4 percent cottage cheese to provide additional fat and protein.
Ana Ivanovic's Healthy Breakfast
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Ana opts for a protein-heavy morning meal. "An egg white omelet with turkey breast and a piece of toast and a cup of coffee," she says.
Make Ana's Breakfast Work for You
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"Egg whites and turkey breast are good sources of protein," says Paulin, who suggests adding heart-healthy fats by cooking the omelet in olive oil. "Toast is a good source of starchy carbohydrates, which provide the energy you need for an active lifestyle." Opt for whole grain toast for additional fiber and protein.
Samantha Stosur's Healthy Breakfast
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The Aussie star likes to mix it up with her morning meal. So what does she choose on match day? "Eggs and toast. Or ham, egg, and cheese on a roll. Or oatmeal with brown sugar," says Sam. Changing up your choices is a smart way to get nutritional variety and stave off breakfast boredom.
Make Samantha's Breakfast Work for You
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Can a ham, egg and cheese sandwich be a smart breakfast? Egg whites would be the healthier choice, says Paulin, but if you use the whole egg, "choose a low fat cheese, since whole eggs contain additional saturated fat. And turkey is a leaner meat option that will also add protein."
HEALTHY MEALS: Low-Calorie Breakfasts