These Are The Go-To Breakfasts Of Your Favorite ICE Coaches

Mornings are tough, deciding what to have for breakfast should be easy.

Every day, we make hundreds of decisions about what to eat and drink. Yes, really… hundreds! Recent research from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that we make more than 200 food-related choices a day… Woah. What we choose to eat for breakfast is especially important because something filled with the right combo of nutrients can help keep us feeling happy, satiated, focused, and energized throughout our entire day.

As athletes, we know that sculpting muscle and building endurance has a lot to do with how we fuel our bodies  in the mornings, but we don’t want our breakfasts to just be nutritious… we want them to be delicious, too! 

The ICE NYC Coaches agree, so I asked them which healthy and tasty breakfasts are their go-to faves. These are the morning-meals that get them out of bed and power them ON in the morning: 

1. Chia Seed Pudding

“My go-to breakfast is chia seed pudding! It's super simple and full of protein and omega 3s. What’s my recipe? 1/2 a cup of chia seeds and either 1 cup of coconut or almond milk, plus some of my favorite toppings like pumpkin seeds, dried apples, sweetened cranberries, and cocoa nibs. Sometimes I top my concoction with a dollop of Greek yogurt because the tanginess of the yogurt is a great addition (but it's delicious without it if you're going dairy free)”. -Margie Welch, HAIL Coach

2. Eggs & Oats

“1 whole egg with 2 egg whites, sautéed Kale, and chicken apple sausage . If it's pre-training I'll add irish steel cut oats".-Liz Adams, CrossFit Coach

3. Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Peanut Butter

“Every morning I eat 1 cup of egg whites and 1 slices of cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter. On weekends I’ll spice it up with an omelet or steak and eggs”.-Deanna Gibaldi, CrossFit Coach

4. Lunch!

“I always have half an avocado with deli turkey and a cup (or two) of coffee with almond milk”. -Gigi Rippolone, HAIL, Cycle & Row Coach

5. Rice Cakes, Turkish Style

“My favorite breakfast is two slices of rice cakes with lots of ham and some feta cheese (turkish brand)”.-Nihan Nelkin, CrossFit Coach-in-Training

6. Savory Eggs

“1 egg (sunny side up, scrambled or hard boiled), half an avocado, grilled vegetables or kale sauteed in coconut oil or Kerrygold grassfed butter”.-Jenn Kang, Snowflakes Coach

7. Coffee

“I often don’t eat breakfast because I have to get up early to make my train. By the time I do eat it’s usually after I've already coached three classes! So contrary to many people who feel that breakfast is the most important meal of their day, I prefer to fast for breakfast and have a late scrambled egg with avocado breakfast or breakfast or early acai-bowl (from the UES) lunch”.-Robert Ramsey, HAIL & Cycle Coach

8. A Balance of Protein, Carbs, and Healthy Fats

“I like to keep it simple with poached eggs, bacon and a couple slices of avocado. Sometimes I’ll also have a slice of buttered homemade cashew bread. This combo is delicious and it keeps me full until it's time for a protein shake a few hours later”.-Nicolas Dromard, CrossFit Coach

9. Sweet Potato Hash

“My go to breakfast is two hard boiled eggs with sweet potato hash. Occasionally, I’ll add a bed of spinach topped with some sunflower seeds.  I like to use different types of sweet potatoes too (purple, Japanese, and Garnet are such a great combination!)”.-CJ Maldonado, CrossFit Coach

10. Oatmeal… With A Twist

“My go-to breakfast is Quaker Oats gluten free oatmeal with peanut butter powder, half a banana and a dollop of honey”.-Logan Ricket, HAIL-Row-Cycle Coach

11. Savory & Sweet

“My go-to breakfast is: two hard boiled eggs 1 cup of steamed mustard greens and a 1/4 cup of kabocha squash topped with sauerkraut and hot sauce. To balance the savory flavors, I also have a bit of coconut milk Kefir mixed with (homemade) almond butter topped with a Mulberry/goji berry mix for a sweet crunch. I’ll take some savory AND sweet!”.-Kelsey Crismon, HAIL & Cycle Coach

12. Fresh Fruit & Oatmeal

“I always eat steel-cut oats with some dried apples, raisins, almonds, and cranberries added. On the side I’ll have a couple pieces of fruit like bananas, golden delicious apples, tangerines, or oranges”.-Yusuf Jeffers, HAIL & Cycle Coach