I have the same thing for breakfast every single morning: a banana, some frozen blueberries, a handful of baby spinach, a spoonful of ground flaxseed, a sprinkle of collagen powder, two spoonfuls of rolled oats, a teaspoon of peanut butter, half a glass of oat milk, and some water, pulverized into a smoothie, which I drink after my morning shower, before I do my makeup. I’ve been making this smoothie—or a variation of it—for longer than I’ve been with my long-term partner (almost six years, for those playing at home).
On weekends, I might mix things up a little with a slice of Trader Joe’s sourdough toast with Vegemite and avocado. Some Sundays, I get a bacon-egg-cheese from my favorite bodega—a new habit I’ve formed since living in New York. But most days, it’s a smoothie—my smoothie—that helps me start the day right. And despite once being a rebellious teen who skipped eating every morning, I’m still shocked whenever I hear that a friend’s first meal of the day is lunch. Even if breakfast being the most important meal of the day was a scam sold to us by Big Cereal, for me it’s about more than feeling full and nourished, it’s about having something delicious to look forward to when I wake up. It’s a small ritual I find delight in.
But the breakfast options in the Man Repeller office are mixed. Some people forgo it altogether (Haley and Harling), others have hot takes about popular breakfast foods (Leandra), and others are just stumped as to what they should even have (almost everyone). This is why we decided to put the quietly controversial question out to the MR Instagram community and ask: What do you have for breakfast? Below, you’ll see what 550+ MR readers are actually eating every morning—and you might even find something that inspires you to shake things up tomorrow morning.
Before we dig in, a special shoutout to the reader who has ice cream for breakfast every day, and the other who swears by a breakfast salad. Maybe you two should get together one morning for a perfect two-course meal?
Feature Image via Everett Collection.
Graphic by Lorenza Centi.