Breakfast: Eat Like the Experts

How do doctors and dietitians start their days?
Wheat toast and egg

Doctors and registered dietitians are used to giving advice on what you should eat to stay healthy. But what do they eat?

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We asked, and they answered. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give you a peek inside the daily eating habits of Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic’s featured experts in food and nutrition. First up: What do you eat for breakfast?

  • Kristin Kirkpatrick

    A new mom’s diet

    “I like a 100 percent whole wheat English muffin with natural chunky peanut butter and jelly (with no added sugar) or a hard-boiled egg on top,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian and wellness manager. “I’ve got a newborn at home, so the PB&J has ruled in the past few months since it takes only minutes to make. I pair my breakfast with two cups of coffee. I choose this breakfast because it keeps me satisfied for hours — due to the high fiber and protein.”

  • Karen Cooper

    Always coffee

    “For breakfast, I eat whole wheat toast with non-transfat margarine, sometimes with a slice of cheddar cheese, or a cup of low-fat yogurt with 1–2 tablespoons of wheat germ (an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin E, fiber, thiamine, iron and zinc),” says Karen Cooper, DO, who specializes in family medicine and medical weight management. “Once per week, usually Sunday, I have eggs and, rarely, bacon. But the bacon must be thick-sliced, nitrate-negative and low salt. I love bread. Eating it in the morning fills me up, and I don’t indulge until the next morning. And always, always coffee!”

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  • Laura Jeffers

    A running start

    “I eat steel-cut oats with almonds or walnuts, Greek yogurt and fruit, or egg whites with cheese,” says Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, a registered dietitian and marathon runner. “I need protein to get me going, and I am starving for breakfast. I usually run right when I wake up, so I am ready to eat!”

  • Linda Bradley

    A smoothie a day

    “I know that the most important meal of the day is breakfast,” says Linda Bradley, MD, a gynecologic surgeon and avid foodie. “However, I usually awaken at 5 a.m. to exercise. I drink two glasses of water, then exercise 45 minutes. I really am not too hungry after a good workout, so I like to use my Vitamix for a veggie/fruit smoothie, with flaxseeds or chia seeds added for extra protein. My favorite is the green smoothie [see recipe below].”

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