What 12 Highly Successful People Eat for Breakfast

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By Jenna Goudreau

How do the most successful people start their days?

Whether through getting up early or exercise routines, the mornings are an important time to reflect and get your mind and body ready for the day ahead.

This includes getting the fuel you need to face the world.

From Richard Branson's morning fruit salad and grains to the Whole Foods CEO's healthy smoothie, here is what 12 successful people eat for breakfast every day.

Vivian Giang contributed to an earlier version of this article.
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What 12 Highly Successful People Eat for Breakfast

Every morning Branson eats a fruit salad and muesli, a granola-like dish popular in Germany and Switzerland.

On occasion Branson will eat kippers, an oily fish that has been unpopular for decades, reports Christine Lagorio-Chafkin at Inc.

In a 1979 interview with reporter Katherine Hadley at The Sun, Britain's first female prime minister said she tried to "eat little." When she did eat, the "Iron Lady" preferred coffee and half a grapefruit.

"I don't have a big breakfast to give me energy for the rest of the day," Thatcher said.

As soon as she wakes, Ripa drinks a cappuccino with half-and-half that her husband makes. While hosting her show, "Live with Kelly and Michael," she'll have more caffeine: a triple-shot skim latte.

"I never eat breakfast until after the show," Ripa told Bon Appétit. "I can't seem to focus my mind if my stomach is digesting ... I usually have my yogurt and granola after the show. I find that if I eat beforehand, I'm just making digesting sounds."

Bucking the modern trend of eating light, Britain's beloved prime minister always ate a big breakfast, which included a poached egg, toast, jam, cold meats, grapefruit — and whiskey soda.

He preferred his meal to be brought on two trays, The Telegraph reported. On the first tray, Churchill wanted the poached egg, toast, jam, butter, coffee, milk, and cold chicken or other meats. On the second tray, he liked his grapefruit, sugar bowl, glass of orange squash, and a whisky soda.

After eating, he would wash his hands and smoke a morning cigar.

Cole, group president of Focus Brands, which includes Auntie Anne's, Carvel, and Cinnabon, always starts her day by drinking 24 ounces of water.

When she's not on the road, she also does shots of turmeric, wheatgrass, and aloe and has a high-protein snack before heading to the office by 7:30 or 8 a.m.

Lande, the head of Birchbox Man, wasn't always a morning person, but he now follows the same routine every day of the year.

He starts each morning by drinking hot water with lemon, saying it "helps fight infection, lowers blood pressure, cleanses the liver, and rejuvenates the skin with Vitamin C." For breakfast he has a simple smoothie, which takes five minutes to make. His favorite recipe: coconut water, banana, blueberries, kale, bee pollen, almond butter, and ice.

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