This Is What a Circus Aerialist Eats for Breakfast

"Nitro Nicole" Sanders eats lightly before being launched high into the air.

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.

Nicole Sanders

Nicole Sanders’ breakfast/photo provided

Nicole Sanders

Claim to fame: By day, she’s Nicole Sanders. By night (and matinee), she’s “Nitro Nicole,” hurtling through the air as the Human Cannonball in Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Xtreme. She takes flight in Boston from October 13 through 16, and heads to Worcester next spring.

What she ate: A light Southwestern breakfast scramble made from one whole egg, four egg whites, cilantro, low-fat cheese, and salsa. On the side, she has turkey bacon and a quarter of an avocado.

Why she chose it: “It is rich in flavor and fills me up without weighing me down, so I can get shot across the arena floor,” Sanders says. “My splurge here is the turkey bacon. It is a bit higher in calories, but less so than the pork version. Even so, it isn’t an everyday item, so sometimes I’ll alternate the turkey bacon with some seasoned black beans for a vegetarian option. The way I eat it? I love to take pieces of everything and mix and match.”

Catch Sanders and the rest of the circus at the TD Garden. You can purchase tickets here.