If breakfast sets the tone for the day, then it stands to reason that healthy people do breakfast right. Here's what really healthy women eat for breakfast on the regular—just in case you need some morning inspo.
1. Oatmeal and scrambled eggs
Instagram Fitness Star Massy Arias: "I base my meals around the macronutrients I need for the entire day," says Arias, a certified fitness trainer. "I'll have one cup of steel-cut oatmeal with almond milk, cinnamon, stevia in the raw, and berries. Then I'll scramble up some organic eggs for an omelet I eat with Sriracha sauce, and wash it down with a coffee—just two shots of espresso."
2. Banana pancake
Tone It Up Girl Katrina Scott: Katrina uses protein powder to whip up a hearty pancake. She combines ½ mashed banana, 1 scoop of protein powder (her favorite brand is Perfect Fit), ¼ cup egg whites, 1 tablespoon almond milk, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, then cooks it in a pan greased with coconut oil cooking spray, topping with sliced strawberries. Delish—particularly with espresso, Katrina's go-to morning drink.
3. Blended coffee shake
Tone It Up Girl Karena Dawn: The picture of efficiency, Karena combines coffee and breakfast in one cup: She'll blend ½ cup almond or coconut milk, 1 cup chilled coffee or espresso, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop protein powder (her favorite brand is Perfect Fit), 1 tablespoon coconut shavings, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of sea salt, and two to three ice cubes.
4. Quinoa with mixed veggies
Certified Fitness Trainer Kira Stokes: Stokes fuels her workouts with coffee and quinoa, a whole grain that stands alone as a complete protein. In case you're wondering about her savory start—she's also known to eat breakfast for dinner.
5. Green smoothie
Life Coach Gabriel Bernstein: The best-selling author blends coconut water, kale, cucumbers, coconut oil, almond butter, cinnamon, and half a green apple to make her morning smoothies. "It brings my body to an alkaline state first thing in the a.m., rehydrates me, and makes sure I get my greens in," she says.
6. Turmeric shot, ezekiel toast, and a green smoothie
Well+Good Co-Founder Melisse Gelula: The co-founder and editorial director of Well+Good takes a shot of turmeric with lemon, cayenne, and hot water (or aloe water in the summertime). After exercising, she'll scramble up some eggs with kale or a drink a low-sugar, high-protein smoothie made with grass-fed whey, greens, berries, and some sort of healthy fat.
7. Avocado smoothie
Registered Dietitian Keri Glassman: "It's super fast, and has healthy fat, protein, and greens," Glassman says of her avocado smoothie recipe, made with unsweetened almond milk, a frozen banana, peanut or almond butter, half an avocado, and a handful of spinach.
8. Power fruit bowl
Wellness Expert and Yoga Guru Lauren Imparato: The author of RETOX: Healthy Solutions for Real Life (out February 2016) combines a chopped apple, orange, and half a banana, sprinkles the fruit salad with flax seeds and almond silvers, and tops with a drizzle of honey. "This keeps me on the go and is beyond delish," she says.
9. Oatmeal, avocado toast, nut butter toast, or green juice
Senior SoulCycle Instructor Pixie Acia: "I like to switch up my morning meals to keep moderation in my diet and to keep my taste buds happy," says Acia, who teaches SoulCycle in L.A. Some of her go-to morning meals, which always include energy, carbs, and a little sugar to fuel her workouts:
- Gluten-free oats cooked with organic blueberries and bananas, walnuts, grade-A maple syrup, chia seeds, and coconut shreds on top.
- Avocado toast made with gluten-free bread with mashed organic avocados, chili flakes, fresh lemon juice, a dash of salt and pepper, and a fried egg.
- Gluten-free toast with almond, peanut, or sunflower butter and a add sliced banana, chia seeds, and a drizzle honey.
- Green juice made with any combination of apple, cucumber, parsley, celery, spinach, pear, banana, spirulina, broccoli, kale, chard, mint, a little coconut water, and a scoop of peanut butter for flavor.
Acia washes breakfast down with bulletproof coffee—a coffee drink made with ghee (aka clarified butter) and MCT (medium chain triglycerides extracted from coconut oil). "It keeps me full and energized for hours," she says. Alternatively, she'll grab an organic almond milk latte mixed with coconut creamer, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a dash of honey.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.