What separates professional athletes from the rest of us? Raw talent—sure. An entire career dedicated to perfecting a sport—absolutely. A team of professionals micro-managing every aspect from nutrition to recovery—you bet. Now, we can't get that kind of one-on-one personalized treatment; but we can borrow some training and diet tricks of the trade. Take Ashton Eaton, for example.
He's one of the hottest names in sports right now—especially as we near the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The track & field superstar and Nike-sponsored athlete is currently the World Record holder in the decathlon.
We highlighted what Eaton eats for breakfast before training sessions and major competitions, where his athletic career began before he catapulted into the elite sphere of professional athletes, and to what he credits his unfathomable success. But how about recovery days? Curious what one of the world's greatest athletes eats to refuel his body?
Below is Eaton's favorite post-workout breakfast recipe.
Sweet Potato Hash
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 white onion
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
2 cups of sweet potato, chopped
1/2 lb of beef sausage
Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Chop the white onion, mushrooms, and sweet potato. Sautée everything but the eggs in the coconut oil until potato chunks are soft, onions are translucent, and beef sausage has browned. Transfer the mixture to a plate. Fry the eggs; then place the fried eggs on top of the hash.