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The protein-packed breakfast that fuels soccer superstar Ali Krieger


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Welcome to My Morning Routine, where soccer player Ali Krieger and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome.

Ali Krieger
Soccer Player, U.S. Olympic Team 

I’m a morning person, but on a game day I’ll try and sleep in as much as possible. I don’t set an alarm, but I’ll wake up naturally between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

My bedroom is super simple. It’s just my bed, a nightstand, and a lamp. I like things to be really modern without a lot of clutter, and my linens are all white. I like that clean, fresh feeling when I go to sleep and wake up.

I know we’re not supposed to check our phones in bed—but come on, we all do it. Whatever, judge me! So I check my phone and read The Skimm in my email, and then check the weather to see what’s up. I like to slowly get out of bed. I don’t rush. Especially on game day, I like having time to relax.

Once I’m up, I’ll watch my morning shows. I love Live with Kelly and The Wendy Williams Show. That’s how I get all the true gossip.

Breakfast is two eggs over hard—maybe three eggs if I’m extra hungry. I top them with avocado and salsa, and sometimes I’ll add onions, too. I always have a cup of coffee—okay, maybe two or three cups of coffee. I’ve been trying to drink it just black, but I find that to be a bit of a drag, so I’ll add some French vanilla cream. Just a little bit, though!

I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, and I’ll just throw my hair up in a bun—or leave it down depending on what it looks like after bedhead—and I’ll grab some Krave beef jerky or mango slices before I head out the door for the day.

Fellow Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings takes the an opposite a.m. approach: She’s up at 4:30 every day. Need a boost to get up that early? Hilary Duff’s morning power shot might do the trick.