Breakfast of Champions! Our mamas told us breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether you agree or not, your first meal, no matter what time you consume, can set the tone for the rest of the day. We asked some of our illumined champions to share their favorite and most nourishing recipes for breakfast.
Your Name: Patricia Moreno
Your day job: Fitness and mindset trainer
Your nickname: PMO
Favorite breakfast recipe: Two eggs scrambled with leftover veggies, hot sauce and avocado over a bed of greens
How long does it take to make? Five minutes
How does it make you feel? Satisfied and accomplished
Name: Pam Udell
Day job: Yoga instructor
Favorite breakfast recipe: Steel cut oats with cinnamon, strawberries, walnuts and a sprinkle of dark chocolate (use chocolate chips or breakup a bar as shown).
How long does it take to make? 20 minutes to let oats cook.
How does it make you feel? Comfy and satis ed and content
Name: Mary Carol Fitzgerald
Day job: Photographer
Favorite breakfast recipe: My green smoothie drink! It varies depending on what I have in the refrigerator or freezer. I like throwing it all in, but I mix it up day-to-day. e key ingredients are:
• The green: parsley, cilantro, spinach, kale, avocado
• THe avor: banana, almond butter, chia seeds, maca powder, ax meal, sun ower or pumpkin seeds, dates, extra fruit such as apples, mango, blueberries, strawberries
• Filtered water—or, to make more of
a milky base, use half water and half almond milk. For more of a fruity base, use half water and half orange juice.
How long does it take to make? 61⁄2 minutes (including clean up!)
How does it make you feel? Healthy, energized, satis ed and ready to take on the day.
Your Name: Claire Mark
Your day job: Yoga and meditation teacher, life coach and cookbook author
Your side hustle/nickname: Mommy
Favorite breakfast recipe: Two poached eggs with half an avocado diced and a drizzle of olive oil and a splash of hot sauce on top
How long does it take to make? 10 minutes
How does it make you feel? Happy!
Name: Shruthi Reddy
Day job: Founder of Reddy Set Yoga! wellness programs
Side hustle: Pro-bono lawyer empowering women and girls
Nickname: Buji (“cute little one”), a sweet Telugu (my mother tongue) pet name that my family used to call me when I was a child.
Favorite breakfast recipe:
Baked Vegetable Pakoras – My mother and I took the traditional Indian recipe, modi ed the batter a little and baked instead of deep frying them. Voila! A delicious grab-and-go meal or snack for any time of day. You can use any vegetable you like.
How long does it take to make/prepare? Fifteen minutes preparation time and
30 minutes baking time. They could be prepared the night before and stored in the fridge for the week to be warmed in the oven and enjoyed anytime, including breakfast.
15 min prep, 30 min baking time
2 cups chopped vegetables
1 cup chickpea flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp or pinch garlic powder
1/8 tsp or pinch ginger powder
1/8 tsp or pinch of turmeric
1 to 2 tsp sesame seeds
1 to 2 tsp ghee
(1) Wash and dry vegetables. Chop into thin, long fingers till you have 2 cups. Hard vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes must be pre-baked to soften (bake 15 minutes at 300 degrees).
(2) Mix chickpea flower with salt, pepper, spices and ghee to make a thick mixture or batter. If the mixture is too dry, then sprinkle a little water to make a thick batter. Do not add too much water or the batter will be too thin.
Place wax paper on baking sheet and spray with coconut oil. Dip vegetables in batter and lay on baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn pakoras over after 15 minutes to ensure both sides are evenly browned.
*Short-cut variation: Chop all vegetables into small cubes, mix directly into batter, pour into a 1 to 2 inch deep baking dish, bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, cool, and cut into squares or bars.
How does it make you feel?
Fueled, clear-headed and ready to go. ey also make me feel happy and nostalgic as the avors remind me of my Mom’s homemade Indian food.
Name: Elena Flores Rector
Day job: Lead Flybarre Instructor at Flywheel Old Town, Chicago
Side hustle: Actor
Favorite breakfast recipe: It’s not even a recipe! It’s an easy mix of the things you have in your pantry/fridge! Greek yogurt, topped with ground axseed, nuts, fruit with a tiny drizzle of agave.
How long does it take to prepare? Under three minutes—handy for those 6 a.m. classes!
How does it make you feel? Energized and ready for a great workout!