Breakfast. They say it's the most important meal of the day, and thus the most crucial component of your morning routine. 

That's why you can count on some of the most successful and well-known people being asked what they eat for breakfast. Some of them say their choices are very deliberate and important. Others literally say, "Whatever."

Here's a quick list of 17 high successful people and what they say they eat. You'll notice a few similarities.

​1. Oprah Winfrey

We start with someone who has her own magazine, and who once detailed her breakfast routine in it: "I'm passionate about breakfast--especially when it involves passion fruit. And blueberries. And raspberries, strawberries, some sliced banana and maybe a sprig or two of fresh mint," she said. Also: multigrain toast.

2. Jeff Bezos

My colleague Jessica Stillman just wrote an entire post about Bezos's morning routine. (Hint: it involves puttering.) He doesn't say there what he eats for breakfast, but at a younger point, it was apparently an entire tube of Pillsbury biscuits.

3. Warren Buffett

Goes to McDonald's, supposedly, and eats one of the same three things each day: two sausage patties, a sausage, egg and cheese or a bacon, egg and cheese. Total cost is never more than $3.17.

4. Richard Branson

Fruit salad and muesli, at least according to an interview a few years ago.

5. Bill Gates

Cocoa Puffs, supposedly. Although his wife says he doesn't eat breakfast.

6. Whitney Wolfe Herd

The founder of Bumble, valued at well over $1 billion, says she tries to "make a smoothie for breakfast using organic romaine, spinach, and blueberries."

7. Lionel Messi

Eats breakfast with a trophy. Also, coffee and croissant. Seriously, his dietary habits are legendary. Its core: "water, good quality olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables."

8. George Washington

Yes, the father of our country. I acknowledge that it's a little odd he's on this list after Lionel Messi. He liked hoecakes. Slang was different then, obviously. Here's the recipe for his favorite.

9. Margaret Thatcher

This just blows me away. Not because the late British prime minister said she often had "nothing but coffee with a dash of milk," although, "sometimes, half a grapefruit." Instead, because the source for his is a real interview with her from 1979 where the headline was: My Face, My Figure, My Diet: Margaret Thatcher Reveals Her Special Beauty Tips.

10. Elon Musk

Nothing, most days. Occasionally an omelet and coffee. Source: a German YouTube interview in which he seems like he can barely believe this is what they're asking him.

11. Tyra Banks

The supermodel and entrepreneur reports: "Greek yogurt with granola, chicken sausage, and coffee."

12. Abraham Lincoln

We included Washington, let's include Lincoln. Reportedly, his typical breakfast was pretty typical even today: eggs, toast, coffee. He also expressed love for five foods that we know of at different times: bacon, apples, corn cakes, oysters, and gingerbread men.

13. Serena Williams

According to Business Insider, she "she spares no expense and orders a delicious and healthy looking platter for breakfast including staples like smoothies and fruits."

14. Tom Brady

He literally wrote an entire book about this kind of stuff. His breakfast comes in two parts:  20 ounces of water with electrolytes, followed by a smoothie (example: "blueberries, bananas, seeds, and nuts"). Then a workout, then "a protein shake made of one scoop of his self-branded protein powder, almond milk, and -- of course -- more electrolytes."

15. Ariana Huffington

"During the week my mornings consist of two cappuccinos with almond, soy, or coconut milk from La Colombe," she told Harper's. "I don't get hungry for breakfast, but when I know I won't have time for lunch, I'll eat two poached eggs."

16. Justin Timberlake

Another two-breakfast guy: "I'll have waffles with flax seed and almond butter and one egg scrambled," he told Bon Appetit. "Then I'll work out and have a second breakfast--another egg or a protein shake. Within a half-hour to 40 minutes after a workout, that's when you want to load up on protein."

17. Michele Promaulayko

The editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan had a simple answer: "Two boiled eggs." 

18. John Mackey

The founder of Whole Foods says he travels with a rice cooker. "I just soak steel cut-oats overnight, and the next morning I click the clicker and the oats get cooked perfectly. I throw a few berries on there and some unsweetened almond milk."

19. Mark Zuckerberg

No routine. He says he just eats "whatever."

20. Bill Murphy Jr.

The truly incredible contributing editor and author drinks coffee and eats breakfast with his lovely wife and adorable daughter every morning. They switch off: Eggs and toast one day; oatmeal from the Instant Pot the next. 

Published on: Oct 23, 2018
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