Breakfast is one meal that should never be underestimated. Literally breaking your body’s overnight “fast”, not only does a healthy start to the day help to replenish your energy levels, but it’ll also help to kickstart everything from your metabolism to brain power.
Ever catch yourself feeling sluggish by 11.30 a.m.? Reaching for the coffee again before you’ve even opened your first email? That’s because you’re not doing breakfast right.
Celebrity nutritionist Madeleine Shaw has even broken down all the ways in which brekkie can affect our skin—clear complexions and fine lines included.
So as we said earlier: Breakfast—not one to underestimate.
But if you’re stuck for ideas, let the A-list help. From Beyoncé to Jennifer Lopez, we’ve unearthed the breakfast secrets of celebs who are all about the power brekkie - read, learn and be awesome.
Naturally, Beyoncé takes power meals seriously, and breakfast is no exception. “I always have breakfast—say, scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or whole-grain cereal with lowfat milk,” she told Shape magazine.
Even during her vegan challenge Bey still made sure she got in a energising breakfast, opting for vanilla chia pudding with fresh berries (bottom left), quinoa breakfast porridge or a smoothie packed with leafy greens and almond milk.
If you prefer to keep things light in the morning, take a tip from Jennifer Lopez and whip up a nutritious shake or smoothie. Getting the right ingredients is key, however, as you’ll just feel hungry otherwise.
Discussing her daily eating habits during an interview with US Weekly, JLo revealed that she starts the day with a protein shake. Using the 90 calorie whey protein powder from her own collaboration with Body Lab—chocolate flavour—the star mixes it up with quinoa milk or water. Skipping the caffeine hit too, she follows it up with a decaf coffee.
Fresh ingredients are the name of the game for Gwyneth Paltrow who, if her cookbooks are anything to go by, likes to mix things up at breakfast time.
Eggs? Try them poached on gluten-free toast with sliced avocado and spinach. Feeling the smoothie bowl? Throw together banana, dried goji berries, açai berries, chia seeds and coconut flakes, then mix with a little rice milk, coconut oil and gluten-free granola.
Who doesn’t want to grab breakfast at the Witherspoon kitchen? Famed on Instagram for her fun twists on eggs and bacon, Reese whips up all sorts in the morning.
From healthy oatmeal frittatas with juicy sliced apples to pancakes with lean bacon, banana, blueberries and citrus fruits, her approach is all about balance.
Though a strict vegan up until 2004, Drew has increasingly included animal proteins in her diet. Eggs, for example, are one of her favourite things to whip up for breakfast—she does a mean open-faced egg ‘sandwich’, popping a runny egg onto a slice of sourdough, along with fresh basil, sliced tomato, black pepper and a dollop of soft cheese.
That’s not to say she doesn’t experiment with fresh juices and local recipes during her travels—check out that Japanese breakfast spread!
Super healthy Kate packs her breakfast with lean sources of protein, tucking into poached eggs served with grilled chicken or salmon.
Naturally, she likes to wash it down with an energising juice, switching between veggie-filled green juices, and vitamin C–boosting orange or grapefruit juice. There’s black coffee too, of course.
Victoria Beckham recently revealed in a diary for Harper’s Bazaar that she normally feasts on plenty of fresh fruit come breakfast time, washed down with a peppermint tea—followed by a double espresso.
Instagram does suggest that sometimes she mixes it up however, and just like all of us, enjoys tucking into eggs and avocados from time to time.
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Opening Image: Instagram/@victoriabeckham.