What’s for Breakfast? The SoulCycle Edition
We don’t need to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In this series, we’re asking some of Boston’s top doctors, fitness pros, and dietitians for a sneak peek into their kitchens, so we can see what’s on their breakfast table.
Who: We found out what three Boston SoulCycle instructors—Erin Lindsay, Jeff Rieber, and Sara Silk—eat to start their pedal-packed days.
What she ate: Avocado toast topped with tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt; a yogurt parfait with whole-milk Greek yogurt, granola, and berries; coconut water; and coffee.
Why she chose it: “I’m big on breakfast. Having a strong calorie base early on helps me maintain strength when I’m on the bike and running around Boston all day,” Lindsay says. “[Avocado toast] is nutrient-dense, containing a carb and a great fat to have pre-workout. The parfait has the sugars that help me get moving. I love orange juice, but the coconut water keeps me hydrated better throughout my day and provides the natural energy I need. After class I’ll have a protein shake within 30 minutes of getting off the bike.”
What he ate: An omelette with chicken breast, green pepper, and Sriracha; brown rice; and coffee.
Why he chose it: “I don’t like having a huge meal before I work out, so most days I have my breakfast after I teach,” he says. “Before class, I’ll make sure to have something that gives me energy, usually Greek yogurt and a banana. After class is when I make sure to get in a full meal. I always have an omelette with chicken breast and a green vegetable topped with Sriracha, because, well, I love Sriracha. The combination of protein and carbohydrates refuels me and gives me energy for the day.”
What she ate: Crunchy peanut butter mixed with Greek yogurt, flax, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, and raw honey.
Why she chose it: “I normally teach quite early in the morning, so this is my go-to breakfast for post-class recovery,” Silk says. “I have a hard time stomaching a huge breakfast after class; anything too heavy or greasy usually makes me feel heavy and immediately tired. The Greek yogurt is light and packed with protein, which is necessary after a hard workout, and the peanut butter makes me feel full without feeling sleepy. It’s also delicious and gives me a non-caffeinated energy boost.”