Experts’ Healthy Breakfast Ideas

on April 1, 2009

We asked top health and fitness experts what they eat for breakfast. The result? These tasty, creative ways to start the day.

Pat Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, and the winningest Division 1 coach in history
"I have a protein shake made with frozen blueberries, peaches, strawberries, a banana, fruit-flavored yogurt, soy milk, energizing protein powder and an immune-boosting dietary supplement mix. It's just a really healthy drink to start the day with."

Spry Support Team member and certified personal trainer Tony Molina
"I start off my metabolism with a balanced breakfast of protein, complex carbs, and naturally occurring fat. That means cottage cheese with fresh berries and granola or oatmeal with walnuts. It really is the most important meal of the day!"

Dr. Nieca Goldberg, director of the New York University Women's Heart Program
"I have whole-grain, high-fiber cereal with blueberries and 1 percent milk. High-fiber foods are less likely to produce sugar and insulin surges while the antioxidants in blueberries help maintain flexible blood vessels. Low fat milk not only contains calcium-important for bone health and blood pressure-but it's lower in saturated fat."

Robin McGraw, wife of talk show host Dr. Phil and author of What's Age Got To Do With It?
"Breakfast is usually coffee, papaya and either a poached egg on a buttered piece of toasted Ezekiel bread (made of sprouted grains), or whole-wheat pancakes. This combination of protein and healthy carbs keep me full during a morning when we tape two shows."

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