Why Celebs Swear By Eating These Foods For Breakfast

From athletes who need to fuel rigorous training sessions to actresses who want to showcase glowing skin to the camera, many celebrities put a lot of thought into what they eat for breakfast. Their morning food choices are as varied as they are, but what all these breakfast staples have in common are high nutritional value and good digestibility. It doesn't hurt that they all taste delicious too.

Clearly, many celebs treat their first meal as the most important of the day. As WebMD warns, skipping breakfast is a mistake that may lead you to snack on high-fat and high-sugar foods hours later. So, whether you choose oatmeal with a banana, a hot mug of bone broth, paleo pancakes, or a large green smoothie, you can find something nutritious and tasty if you want to start the day off by eating like a celebrity.

We've compiled a list of favorite breakfasts from some high-profile eaters. Read on for a.m. inspiration.

Kourtney Kardashian: avocado smoothies

Every morning, Kourtney Kardashian's go-to breakfast is an avocado smoothie, which is full of healthy fats and contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, copper, and vitamin K (via Love One Today). She shares the full recipe on Poosh, listing a mouth-watering line-up of organic avocado, cashew milk, plant-based protein powder, MCT oil, dates or honey, maca powder, and a green powder blend. When she is on keto, her tweaks include bone broth powder instead of the vegan protein, stevia as sweetener, and macadamia nut milk as a base.

Studies seem to encourage adding avocados to your diet. A 2020 study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that the regular consumption of avocados has a positive impact on the gut biome, and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey concluded that eating avocados on a regular basis was linked to a better diet and higher nutrient intake. There's more to avocados than guacamole, and adding them to your smoothie can boost your morning beverage's nutrition and creaminess.

Selena Gomez: Greek yogurt and granola

When it comes to both fitness and nutrition, Selena Gomez stays in shape by following her trainer's recommendations. According to Cosmopolitan, Selena has a soft spot for high-calorie foods that are not always good for you. To make up for it, her trainer Amy Rosoff Davis makes sure the American singer, actress, and producer gets plenty of whole and organic foods that also taste satisfying. For this reason, one of her go-to breakfasts is simply full-fat Greek yogurt and granola.

This makes for an excellent start to the day that you can feel good about borrowing. According to Healthline, Greek yogurt is loaded with protein, minerals, and vitamins. It can help you feel full and lose weight, provides great bacteria for your gut, and might help your bones stay healthy. If you want to skip the calories in the granola, you can substitute fresh berries instead for an added nutritional boost.

Shailene Woodley: bone broth

Shailene Woodley is definitely not one to have a traditional breakfast, as we've learned in her interview with David Letterman (via YouTube). Instead of cereal and granola bars, the American actress and activist chooses to sip bone broth for a glowing complexion and better digestion, saying that bone broth can help with leaky gut syndrome. She has been drinking broth for breakfast for a long time, and she is glad that it is becoming more popular and helping people branch out beyond muscle meat. She also shared her affinity for bone broth with MTV News.

If you want to try out Shailene's breakfast, look for the labels like "sipping broth" and for brands with simple ingredients. That being said, you don't have to limit yourself to plain old broth. Due to the collagen-rich drink's popularity, many brands are coming out with tasty variations like jalapeno beef that add a tasty spin to the formula.

Reese Witherspoon: green smoothie

Reese Witherspoon isn't one to deviate from a winning formula. This is pretty evident with her choice of breakfast, which she shared in an Instagram video and said that she has eaten every day for almost a decade. Reese's preferred breakfast is a large green smoothie made with two heads of lettuce, a quarter-cup of spinach, celery, a pear, an apple, a banana, a whole lemon (seeds and all), half a cup of coconut water, and some optional almond butter.

If you can't imagine making it every morning, don't fret. She says on the video that her recipe makes enough for two days, so she only has to blend it every other morning. She insists that while it doesn't look that great, it does actually tastes delicious. The American actress and producer shares that she got the idea from Kerry Washington, who believes it is the secret to her glowing skin. Witherspoon specifies that you don't need to stick to these exact ingredients every time, but they are the ones she uses most often.

Jennifer Lopez: protein smoothie

Every day, Jennifer Lopez has a protein-packed smoothie loaded with spinach, banana, milk, and almond or sunflower butter, she explained to People. She drinks it every morning and feeds it to her kids as well. She demonstrated her smoothie technique at an opening event for the Center for a Healthy Childhood in the Bronx.

The reason behind the healthy concoction is simple. She wanted better for her children than the regular sugar- and fat-loaded breakfast fare, and found that this smoothie gave her energy and tasted fresh. And it felt good feeding it to her family, she said. The American singer, actress, and dancer's smoothie is perfect for those wanting to lose weight and gain muscle mass. According to Healthline, protein shakes can do all that, as well as improve performance and recovery. That's not bad for a tasty drink you can blend up in under five minutes.

Chrissy Teigen: eggs

If you follow Chrissy Teigen on social media, you probably already know what she likes to have for breakfast, as she has not been shy regarding her love of eggs. That's right, the American model and television personality declared to Delish that she has to have eggs every single day. "I like a farmer's breakfast," she said. Teigen also tweeted, "I also just finished an over-easy egg a second ago. I legit f***ing love eggs."

Teigen's love for eggs does not stop there. She shared her low and slow scrambled eggs recipe with The Cooking Channel and confessed to having eggs before bed on Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, where she teaches how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg. And if you are wondering if eating all these eggs is good for you, WebMD reports that the Harvard School of Public Health found no difference in heart disease whether you eat an egg a week or more than an egg a day.

Karlie Kloss: egg whites

The American fashion model, and one of the top 30 models of the 2000s, according to Vogue Paris, swears by egg whites for breakfast. According to her interview with Bon Appétit, Karlie Kloss loves them for their protein content and their availability. She told the magazine that she can find them wherever in the world she may be working. On her Instagram page, she shared her breakfast of champions recipe, an egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms, and some blood oranges on the side.

According to WebMD, egg whites are high in protein but low in cholesterol, which is mostly found in the yolks. That being said, a Time article quoted Dr. Luc Djoussé, an associate professor and heart disease researcher at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, as saying that high levels of blood cholesterol are not necessarily linked to cholesterol from food. If you want to add more eggs to your diet, science is in favor, even if you don't want to avoid yolks altogether.

Ashley Graham: green juice

Ashley Graham shared her favorite breakfast with Stylecaster as part of her food and fitness diary. Every day, the American model and television presenter drinks a green juice, which is loaded with kale or spinach, lemon, ginger, beets, apple, and parsley. "A green juice a day keeps the doctor away," she said. You can also see her sipping her green drink on her Instagram account.

Graham is not the only one jumping on the green juice bandwagon. In fact, a market study published by the premier market research company Global Industry Analysts Inc. found that the fruit and vegetable juice market was set to reach $193.8 billion by 2026. If you don't want to juice every day and want the option of getting your green juice at the store, try to find ones labeled "cold-pressed," as they will usually contain more of a fruit or vegetable's vitamins and minerals, according to Harvard Health.

Jessica Biel: paleo pancakes

Jessica Biel gave the traditional pancakes and peanut butter breakfast an upgrade with her paleo version, which is free of gluten, wheat, and dairy, has lots of coconut, and calls for cashew or almond butter instead of peanut. The American actress and model is not fully paleo or gluten-free. But her breakfast is, she shares with LA Times, because it helps her have better digestion and higher energy levels. Her son Silas loves this breakfast, too.

According to Healthline, almond butter might in fact be more healthful than peanut butter, as it contains three times more vitamin E, double the iron, and seven times more calcium. But as with all nut butters, look for brands with limited amounts of sugar and other additives and a simple ingredient list that should be mainly ground almonds. As for the coconut in her pancakes, WebMD approves, stating that it could improve your endurance, give you better oral health, and even help you lose weight. These pancakes are definitely a way to start the day that we can feel good borrowing.

Gabby Douglas: oatmeal with banana

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is no stranger to strict training routines and following diets that support her athletic efforts. To get through an entire morning of training, Douglas shared with Cosmopolitan that she eats a bowl of oatmeal with a banana prepared by her grandmother, who makes most of her meals. According to Medical News Today, she is definitely on to something. Not only are oats high in dietary fiber, but they can also help reduce bad cholesterol and lower the risk of coronary artery disease and colorectal cancer. Oats can also help promote healthy blood pressure, help with digestion, and support weight loss efforts.

Bananas are a great addition to her bowl of oatmeal. According to Healthline, they are a nutrient-rich fruit that can improve blood sugar levels, support digestive health, promote healthy weight loss, and support exercise recovery, among myriad other health benefits. When it comes to feeding a high-performance athlete, Grandma does seem to know best.

Katie Ledecky: peanut butter toast

American competitive swimmer Katie Ledecky shared with Pure Wow that her breakfast of choice is simply peanut butter toast and a banana because it gives her enough energy to power through her morning workout without weighing her down. Like fellow athlete Gabby Douglas, the multiple U.S. Olympic gold medalist and World Champion knows to harness the benefits of bananas, which, according to Healthline, are a great food to eat before a workout due to their balance of nutrients and digestibility.

SportsMD also encourages the consumption of peanut butter for athletic performance since it is higher in protein than other nut butters, bolsters the immune system, and promote heart and brain health. If you want to follow in Ledecky's footsteps at breakfast, look for a brand of peanut butter with a simple ingredients list, preferably just peanuts and a little sea salt. And while peanut butter toast can be a good addition to your diet, keep in mind that slathering sugary jelly on top might cancel out the benefits.

Kristen Bell: matcha with pea protein milk

Beloved American actress Kristen Bell shared with Women's Health that she likes to have protein in the morning to support her muscle mass-building efforts. For this reason, her go-to breakfast is a mug of matcha tea with a healthy amount of pea protein milk. According to Insider, Bell has been a vegetarian since she was 11, and according to Healthline, pea protein is a great vegetarian protein source. It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein (as opposed to incomplete sources of vegetarian protein like most grains and beans) that is only beaten in digestibility by soy protein and chickpeas.

As for matcha, WebMD explains that this form of green tea is rich in antioxidants, especially catechins, which can help lower blood pressure. Matcha is also thought to help lower bad cholesterol numbers. As far as breakfast drinks go, Bell's concoction might be one of the healthiest.

Lo Bosworth: salad

The former reality television personality, founder and CEO of Love Wellness, and author Lo Bosworth does not go for traditional pancake breakfasts, or even on-the-go smoothies or juices. Instead, she told US Magazine that when she wakes up, she craves a big salad full of vegetables with a high water content. She claims that the nutritionally dense breakfast makes her feel great. She shared her recipe with Parade, listing arugula, kale, soft-boiled eggs, and a little balsamic vinegar as the ingredients. She also likes to add sweet peas when they are in season. 

She explains that while this might seem like an odd breakfast choice in the United States, it is not that uncommon in Europe, and concludes that "it's the best way for me to start my day." If having salad for breakfast piques your interest, you might want to give it a shot. Bosworth shows there's really no wrong time to get your servings of healthy, mineral-rich vegetables.

Salma Hayek: fruit salad with yogurt and almond butter

"Do you want to know how to prepare my special breakfast?" asked Salma Hayek on her Instagram page. Most of us would probably say yes. The award-winning actress and director starts the day with a combination of chopped fruits and vegetables with a little yogurt and nut butter. She shared the full recipe in her stories, which was promptly written down by Hola. To make Salma's favorite breakfast, simply stir together approximately one cup each of papaya, blueberries, mango, strawberries, pomegranate seeds, celery, red bell pepper, cucumber, and almond and coconut butter, then add the colorful fruit salad to a bowl of plain yogurt.

She suggests adding a little honey if you don't care about the extra calories. She swears by it because in her own words, "It's super complete, and gives you lots of energy during the day." It doesn't hurt that it also tastes delicious. If the thought of making Salma's breakfast in the morning seems too daunting, all her fruit and vegetable choices are sturdy enough to be prepared the day before, making it an ideal breakfast when you're too busy to chop a lot of produce.