We hear it all the time, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But, according to a recently published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that statement isn’t exactly accurate. It might not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s certainly important, especially if you’re exercising and need calories to burn—and even more so if your workout consists of multiple sweat sessions.
“Breakfast sets the tone for the entire day, nutritionally speaking,” says Daily Harvest Nutritionist Sara Jane Mercer. At the Holistic Hideaways retreat at Le Soleil d’Or, MS RD Dietitian Nutritionist McKel Hill recommends keeping the carbohydrates moderate and sugar low during breakfast. “Opt for high fiber whole foods like vegetables and fruits, and pair them with high quality proteins and healthy fats.”
If you strive for a lifestyle like that of a fitness trainer, eating early is essential. The most significant part isn’t what exact a.m. hour they’re noshing—it’s what’s inside that bowl, bag or bottle that really counts, particularly if they’re burning 500+ calories per workout (that calls for a bagel and cream cheese celebration, right? Not so much). Here’s what our favorite workout warriors are chowing down when they wake up.
Hilary Sheinbaum is a travel, health, food and lifestyle writer.