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    Posted January 30, 2012


By Melissa Robinette

I'm always wondering what people are putting into their bodies, especially FIT performers… I asked my fellow Equity Broadway Bodied Brothers and Sisters what their favorite, healthy breakfasts are.

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I received an overwhelming response regarding whole grains. According to the Whole Grains Council: whole grains have many nutrients including but not limited to: protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and zinc. Whole grains are special because they have all their essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire seed including the endosperm, bran and germ.

Fruit was another favorite. Fruits are low in calories and fat; and are packed with simple sugars, fiber, vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and anti-oxidants. Studies have shown fruits prolong aging by protecting and rejuvenating cells, tissues and organs. Who needs Botox when you can have some fruit?

Here are what our fellow Equity Broadway Bodies are eating for breakfast:

Equity Member and Circus Aerial Sequence Designer from the Broadway bound Musical CHIX 6 Bobby Hedglin-Taylor's favorite breakfast is quinoa with agave, cinnamon, and almond milk.

Yoga instructor and Equity Member, Ashleigh Reade grabs oatmeal at places like coffee shops, fast food restaurants and delis. She warns that a lot of oatmeals come with topping packets or jellies that have a lot of refined sugars, but the good news is you don't have to top it!

Holistic Food Councilor and Equity Member Farah Alvin recommends something that's quick, budget friendly and can be found at just about any quick mart or airport: a hard boiled egg and an apple. Another travel friendly option is a fruit bar. Farah also warns watch out for sneaky added sugars in the form of organic cane juice, honey, barley malt and many other deceiving bundles of words that sound somewhat healthy.

Stage Manager and marathon runner Meg Friedman prefers a no fuss version: an apple, nut better and coffee.

Equity Member and vegetarian Alex Agard eats toasted sprouted grain bread with natural peanut butter and plain greek yogurt with granola and berries when they are in season.

I, myself throw whole grains, yogurt, nuts, seeds and fruit in a blender. I prep everything on my day off so there is zero fuss and zero room for error. Oh and don't forget my black, French pressed coffee or someone may get hurt!

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