I’m the sort of player who is always starving when I first wake up, and one of the first things I’ll do is eat a banana or an apple, then usually throw another banana or another apple in the blender and make up a shake.
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I don’t know why I have got into the habit of eating a piece of fruit first thing every morning, but I guess it’s not a bad thing to eat.Then I’ll normally jump in the shower, and after that I’ll finish off making the shake.
I’ll add Maxi-Milk, which helps my muscle growth and recovery, and I’ll add berries and nuts. I tend to stay away from the more citrus-based fruits because I prefer a sweeter taste.
I’ll probably drink the shake in the car on the way down to training and finish my breakfast down at the training ground.
I always like to have my food at least an hour before training and the type of breakfast I eat will change depending on the time of the week.
On a Monday or Tuesday I’ll go for more protein-based foods, which help the muscles recover on a day-to-day basis, so I’ll often eat poached eggs on toast.
Later in the week I go for a more carbohydrate-based diet to help store energy in the muscles, so I reach my peak level of fitness for the weekend.
I’ll have porridge. I always eat porridge with milk: I’m lucky in that I don’t have a problem with my weight, so I can eat it with milk, always milk, and never water.
I also add a few raisins and strawberries and nuts with it to give it a little bit of flavour. Over the last couple of years I’ve taken my nutrition a lot more seriously and I feel a lot better for it. I believe it has helped improve my stamina.
My immune system is also far stronger and I’m not as prone to picking up colds and flus.”
Breakfast of Champions