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In a recent interview for Bon Appétit, Rebecca talked morning madness and scrambling eggs one-handed. Especially in this city, the fashion circuit barely has time for second thoughts about an outfit—let alone breakfast. So we asked Equinox personal trainer, Michael Baker, to recommend morning meals that are guaranteed to get your day off to a strong start.

For easy but energizing breakfasts, Baker recommends oatmeal and protein-packed smoothies.

Oatmeal

1. Add 1 cup water to 1/2 cup rolled oats, and microwave for 3 minutes.
2. Add 2 tbsp. fresh or frozen berries (Baker favors blueberries) and a splash of almond milk.
3. Stir together, and chow down.

Energy Burst Smoothie

1. Toss into a blender: 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1 1/2 cups spinach leaves, 3/4 cup almond milk, and 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder.
2. Blend until smooth, pour into a to-go cup, and enjoy.

“The scoop of powder and the spinach are the key to the drink,” Baker says, adding, “If you have a blender the sky is the limit.” For those who don’t, he recommends visiting a nearby juice bar with a reminder that “blended shakes are far and away better than juice, as the fiber will keep you full and elevate your energy throughout the day. They will also keep you from sprinting to the dessert cart later.”

More Quick Tips

If you don’t have time for any of the above, Baker says, “Who is to say that some leftover chicken and veggies from the night before can’t be eaten for breakfast?” A bag of almonds and a banana from Starbucks are also great grab-and-go solutions.

As for improving your a.m. efficiency on the whole, Baker advises to make mornings a routine. “My routine has been the same for 3 years now. The more I can take thought out of the equation, the better,” he says. “I rotate [the same] 2-3 breakfast combos on a daily basis.”

Oh, and that routine includes a 5 a.m. wake-up call. Extra kudos if you follow his lead on that front, too.

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