Local Notables Share Their Favorite Breakfasts

Here's what a congressman, an imam, a gospel singer and more eat for breakfast.

By Cooper Levey-Baker and Ilene Denton January 25, 2016

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“Breakfast is critical; it sets you up for the day. I have a 16-ounce bottle of water and either oatmeal with fruit or quinoa with vegetables and seasoning, because it is healthy, filling and low-calorie.”—Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key




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“I drink a bottle of water, followed by a cup of herbal tea with Sprouts Voice Remedy drops. That was recommended by Aretha Franklin and it has done me wonders. After that I make a green smoothie with kale, spinach, apples, peaches, berries, stevia, flaxseed and protein.” Gospel and soul singer Shantel Norman




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“I subscribe to the Italian breakfast: a latte and a brioche and a couple biscotti. My mother is known throughout the city for making the best biscotti. Nobody else can get them right. And they dunk really well.”Sarasota County Commissioner Paul Caragiulo




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 “At 6:30 a.m., I have a whole wheat English muffin with cream cheese, a banana and green tea. We don’t have lunch until 1 or 1:30. [Dancers] want to eat throughout the day for energy, but you don’t want to eat too much, because you don’t want to feel sick.” Sarasota Ballet principal dancer Victoria Hulland




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“On the days I have time to cook, I do scrambled eggs, maybe French toast. Sometimes—but rarely—I’ll whip up pancakes, and sometimes I’ll just grab the everything bagel with eggs and cheese at Dunkin’ Donuts.”Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton Imam Yusuf Memon

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