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How a Plant-Based Pro Fuels His Training

A day in the food life of American Olympic hopeful Matt McElroy.

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Matt McElroy is the USA’s top men’s prospect for Tokyo (even if it has been pushed back a year!)—but how does this plant-based pro racer fuel all of those training miles?

7:30 A.M.
Wake up, eat overnight oats I prep the night before with bananas, raspberries, blueberries, chia seed, and flaxseed.
9:30 A.M.
After my morning run, I make a smoothie with bananas, dates, coconut milk, chia seeds, and frozen pineapples.
11:00 A.M.
Brunch time! I’ll fuel for a swim with a rice bowl with avocado, vegan chicken strips, hummus, nutritional yeast, amino acids, and beans. I’ve been plant-based for three years and find that this type of diet is really energizing.
2:00 P.M.
For lunch, it’s potato taquitos on top of white rice, with vegetable wontons with black beans.
4:00 P.M.
I’ll make another smoothie or grab some rice as a snack in between workouts.
6:00 P.M.
Dinner is usually a Beyond Burger with vegan mac and cheese, or vegan sausage with tomato sauce and tempeh.
9:00 P.M.
Before bed, I snack on these peanut butter, oatmeal, banana, raisin, and walnut bites that my fiancée makes. They’re delicious.