power breakfast

As you tuck into breakfast, here's what the rich and famous eat every morning

It’s not ALL healthy goodness, but most of it is.

HOW DO THE most successful people start their days?

Whether through getting up early or exercise routines, the mornings are an important time to reflect and get your mind and body ready for the day ahead.

This includes getting the fuel you need to face the world.

From Richard Branson’s morning fruit salad and grains to the Whole Foods CEO’s healthy smoothie, here is what 12 successful people eat for breakfast every day.

Richard Branson eats an old-fashioned, high-fibre morning meal.

Branson's Tilting Train Arrives Nom nom. EMPICS / PA Images EMPICS / PA Images / PA Images

Every morning Branson eats a fruit salad and muesli, a granola-like dish popular in Germany and Switzerland.

On occasion Branson will eat kippers, an oily fish that has been unpopular for decades, reports Christine Lagorio-Chafkin at Inc.

Al Roker makes a mean protein smoothie

PEOPLE ROKER Mmm, delicious smoothie. Associated Press Associated Press

When the “Today” show weather forecaster is in between US television segments — typically between 7:40 and 8:15 am he drinks a protein smoothie, according to Bon Appétit.

It consists of protein powder, fibre powder, almond milk, frozen berries, ginger, and a little agave nectar. Sometimes Roker throws in almond butter.

John Mackey, founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, drinks green smoothies.

PastedImage-18580 ReasonTV ReasonTV

A well-known healthy eater, Mackey makes a smoothie every morning.

It includes almond, oat, rice, or soy milk, fresh fruit, and kale or spinach leaves, he tells The New York Times.

Margaret Thatcher had coffee and half a grapefruit.

PastedImage-8580 Wikimedia Wikimedia

In a 1979 interview with reporter Katherine Hadley at The Sun, Britain’s first female prime minister said she tried to “eat little.” When she did eat, the “Iron Lady” preferred coffee and half a grapefruit.

“I don’t have a big breakfast to give me energy for the rest of the day,” Thatcher said.

Justin Timberlake eats two breakfasts daily. 

Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour - Sheffield Eggs and more eggs. Jonathan Pow Jonathan Pow

The crooner’s first breakfast includes “waffles with flax and almond butter and a scrambled egg.”

Then he works out. After that, he eats another egg or protein shake.

“I mostly work out so I can eat religiously,” he told Bon Appétit.

‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams eats a protein bar every day

DILBERT CARTOONIST Nothin' wrong with a protein bar. Associated Press Associated Press

The first 20 minutes of Adams’ day are exactly the same every day, including weekends and holidays. Putting his physical body on autopilot frees his brain for creativity, he said. He wakes up at 5 a.m., has coffee and a protein bar, and sits at his desk in his home office to read and get ideas.

“I give myself this ‘treat’ knowing I can be trained like any other animal. And I want to train myself to enjoy waking up and being productive,” he writes. “I also want to prevent hunger later because it might interrupt my flow.”

Winston Churchill always ate a hearty morning meal of eggs, meat, and toast

POLITICS Churchill/Filer: NEG. NO. 44515-5A Bit of everything. EMPICS Sports Photo Agency EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

Bucking the modern trend of eating light, Britain’s beloved prime minister always ate a big breakfast, which included a poached egg, toast, jam, cold meats, grapefruit — and whiskey soda.

He preferred his meal to be brought on two trays, The Telegraph reported. On the first tray, Churchill wanted the poached egg, toast, jam, butter, coffee, milk, and cold chicken or other meats. On the second tray, he liked his grapefruit, sugar bowl, glass of orange squash, and a whisky soda.

After eating, he would wash his hands and smoke a morning cigar.

American football hall-of-famer Fran Tarkenton eats a variety of berries

Commentator Tarkenton Back in the 1970s his breakfast kept him in shape Associated Press Associated Press

Tarkenton, who is also founder of and Tarkenton Companies, swears by his consistent breakfast routine. ”I eat berries every morning — blackberries, blueberries, raspberries — and that’s it,” he says. ”Sometimes I’ll switch off with steel-cut oatmeal, but nothing more.”

Tarkenton says his morning nutrition, including lots of hydration, helps him control his thinking, stamina, and weight. At age 75, he weighs the same as he did when he was in the NFL — exactly 87 kg.

Birchbox exec Brad Lande drinks a five-minute smoothie

15011191532_5dd92f8285_k Yea, he certainly looks like he owns an online beauty company. Flickr / cmichel67 Flickr / cmichel67 / cmichel67

Lande, the head of Birchbox Man, wasn’t always a morning person, but he now follows the same routine every day of the year.

He starts each morning by drinking hot water with lemon, saying it “helps fight infection, lowers blood pressure, cleanses the liver, and rejuvenates the skin with Vitamin C.”

For breakfast he has a simple smoothie, which takes five minutes to make. His favourite recipe: coconut water, banana, blueberries, kale, bee pollen, almond butter, and ice.

- Jenna Goudreau

Read: 6 ‘clean eating’ recipes to drool over >

Read: Subway sandwiches are about to get a lot more natural >

Published with permission from
Business Insider
Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.