What do Bollywood’s favourite fitness experts eat for breakfast?
Advice from the woman who keeps Jacqueline Fernandez fighting fit
We know, we know; when it comes to jolting your brain awake, nothing can compare to your morning cup of java. Or maybe, just maybe, you’d like to be on your feet and active for the rest of the day, rather than succumbing to the routine mid-morning sluggishness. If you choose the latter, celebrity trainer Namrata Purohit and all her fitness buddies are here to your rescue.
Researchers, down the ages, have waxed poetic about the benefits of breakfast as the most important meal of the day. And after putting our heads together with the fittest kids on the block, we’re definitely rethinking our dietary choices. Here’s what a personal fitness trainer, professional track athlete and Zumba instructor believe you should start your day with.
India’s top fitness experts on what to have for breakfast
Zumba instructor Sucheta Pal is now a popular face across Asia, and she didn't get there by skimping on the essentials. Before heading into her back-to-back roster of energetic workouts, Sucheta digs into two whole eggs, a whey protein shake and five almonds soaked overnight. Carbs are a big no-no in her diet, so you won't see her eating breads or parathas, even on a cheat day.
As a card carrying member of the Nike Training Club, the personal trainer can't afford a sluggish start to the day. Her breakfast plate includes a helping of oats to keep her fuelled until lunch, to which she adds a handful of chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, cranberries and raisins. Swetha also munches on a fresh serving of papaya and an egg, alongside regular sips of black coffee.
Jacqueline Fernandez's go-to fitness ninja swears by the merits of a fuss-free start to the day. Before heading out to whip Bollywood's best into shape, she powers up with a simple breakfast consisting of a bowl of oats or porridge, which she washes down with a glass of coconut water. She tops up her power reserves with a helping of fresh fruits around mid-morning, kiwi being her recurring favourite.
You'd be wise to bow down to Ayesha Billimoria's running expertise if you met her on the track. The national level sprinter works hard on her physique and her core strength, and is currently trying to change the way we think about exercise. "Fitness has become all about looking good and running marathons. But you need to be able to just stretch, jump and sprint to be fit. I get women saying they want to look like me. What they often miss is that it took 13 years of focused training to get here.”
So, what does the breakfast of champions look like? Extremely inclusive, she tells me. "I allow everything in my diet. I like to start out my day with a good mix of protein and fibre which comes in the form of eggs, (occasionally with bread or ham) muesli with milk and granola with flax seeds mixed in yoghurt," says Ayesha.