Good Morning Sweet Potato Recipe

Before you run

If you’ve ever woken up early for a race or long run (and every runner does, eventually), you know how difficult it can be to eat well in the predawn hours. Maybe you simply aren’t hungry when you first get up. Or race nerves leave you feeling queasy. If you’re staying at a hotel (without your go-to foods readily available), you risk eating something that upsets your stomach. Happily, these quick breakfast ideas will fuel you up for a tough training run or race without weighing you down – and if you pack a few ingredients, you can even make some of these meals in a hotel room, too.

Good Morning Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes for breakfast? Absolutely. These carb-packed vegetables are loaded with runner-friendly nutrients – and provide a welcome break from typical morning fare.


1 medium sweet potato

¼ cup chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Pinch of salt


Pierce the sweet potato all over with a fork. Microwave on high for 5 to 10 minutes, turning over once or twice, or until the centre is soft.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the walnuts, maple syrup, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat until the nuts are coated and fragrant.

Slice open the top of the potato lengthwise, leaving the bottom intact. Mash the nut mixture on top. Serves 1.

Nutrition Information

Kilojoules per serving: 1,486

Carbs: 44 g

Fibre: 6 g

Protein: 7g

Total fat: 19g

Saturated fat: 2g

Sodium: 220mg

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