They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what do some of the most highly productive people in the world eat for this crucial meal? We found 11 top performers and their morning must-haves so you could take a look, try ’em out, and see if you too can become super successful as well!
Jack Dorsey: Eggs With Soy Sauce
The CEO and co-founder of Twitter has to prepare every day for a lot of “tweeting,” and for that he has to make sure he is ready to fly! Jack Dorsey wakes up at 5.30 AM, meditates, and then jogs for six miles. Only after this routine does Jack consume two hard-boiled eggs with only a tad of soy sauce to give him the protein punch he needs to tweet all day long.
John Mackey: Green Smoothies
We expect that the co-CEO and founder of Whole Foods Market would know what a healthy breakfast is, and John Mackey definitely has a personal preference for the way he begins each day. Surprise, surpirse: it’s green! As he informed The New York Times, this super-charger is made of milk from almonds, oats, rice, or soy, fresh fruit, and kale or spinach leaves. Everybody should probably follow this guy’s example.
Justin Timberlake: Two Breakfasts
If one breakfast yields a champion, then two morning meals daily must result in Justin Timberlake being a super hero! Or something like that. Let’s just say this star singer needs his protein and carbs to make those moves. First, Justin eats “waffles with flax and almond butter and a scrambled egg.” Then after a workout, he takes in another egg or protein shake. Note, again, the emphasis on protein.
Payal Kadakia: Fruit, Vitamins, Tea
Payal Kadakia is the founder and CEO of ClassPass, the largest network of fitness studios, so we may want to pay attention here. Before heading on out to work, Payal eats some fruit and vitamins and picks up a Starbucks venti citrus green tea on the way in. Constantly busy with checking messages and answering calls means this entrepreneur needs to stay alert and vibrant from morning until night! So, as busy as she is, Payal makes sure to get her nutrition in!
Scott Adams: Protein Bar
So do we need to repeat that?” Note, again, the emphasis on protein.” And Scott Adams agrees, beginning his day with a coffee and protein bar every morning at 5 AM, weekends and holidays included. The creator of Dilbert then is primed to read and be creative! “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.”
Al Roker: Protein Smoothie
Al Roker does not have a ton of time as the weather forecaster on the Today show; people want their weather and that’s that! So it is between segments, normally between 7:40 AM and 8:15 AM, that Al picks up a quick protein smoothie, as told by magazine Bon Appétit. Protein powder, fiber powder, 8 ounces of almond milk, frozen berries, ginger, and agave nectar (with almond butter sometimes thrown in) make this the ultimate pick-up for a sunny day.
Mark Zuckerberg: Whatever
Well, here’s a refreshing take. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, eats whatever he feels like when the day begins. Mark doesn’t like wasting time, so snatching whatever might be around or strikes his fancy in order to go out and best conquer the social media world, is the way this guy goes. Kind of like how he wears the same thing everyday. Hopefully he always has enough proper clothing around to avoid any “well that’s what I had to throw on” moments. You can use your imagination here.
Richard Branson: High-Fiber
What, no protein for the super entrepreneur everyone emulates? Yep, normally Richard Branson grabs a fruit salad and muesli, a granola-like dish popular in Germany and Switzerland. However, according to Inc, the founder of Virgin Group has also been known to eat kippers, an oily fish packed with protein. So, there you have it; fruits and muesli aside, this power player makes sure to get his dose of protein as well when needed.
Fran Tarkenton: Berries
But not Fran Tarkenton. Nah, this NFL Hall-of-Famer and founder of GoSmallBiz.com as well as Tarkenton Companies, sticks to berries, just berries. “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.” This routine helps Fran stay hydrated and focused as well as improve his stamina and control his weight. At age 75, he still weighs the same as he did when playing for the NFL!
Brad Lande: Five-Minute Smoothie
Because who has any more time than 5 minutes in the morning? Brad Lande is the head of Birchbox Man and has found that he has had to become a morning person in order to take on the day and do business. Every morning, Lande drinks a hot water with lemon as it “helps fight infection, lowers blood pressure, cleanses the liver, and rejuvenates the skin with Vitamin C.” Then, it is a five-minute smoothie with his favorite combo being coconut water, banana, blueberries, kale, bee pollen, almond butter, and ice.
Cheryl Bachelder: Scrambled Eggs Or Oatmeal
Another fan of oatmeal, Cheryl Bachelder needed some serious help to make her a morning person. A self-described night-owl, the Popeyes CEO needs to be “in the right frame of mind for the day.” So her breakfast meal has become a critical part of helping her wake up and get going early! “My favorite menu when I travel is scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and rye toast. At home, I like steel-cut oatmeal,” Cheryl has said. Note: no fast food!