By: Taylor Chan, ’16, University Health Center, Nutrition Peer Educator
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
This is a phrase that has been ingrained into our brains since day one. However as our schedules fill up, eating breakfast has become easy to overlook as we jump out of bed and run straight to class.
There are so many benefits that we miss out on when we forget to eat breakfast:
- “Breakfast” indicates that we are quite literally “breaking the fast” that our body endures while we sleep. Eating breakfast allows us to re-energize our body and kick start our metabolism for the day.
- Breakfast refuels your brain! Breakfast can improve concentration and memory, thus helping you focus better in class and while studying.
- Nutritionally, breakfast is a great way to consume extra nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in order to achieve a more overall balanced diet.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are some great, nutritious breakfast ideas that take less than two minutes to prepare!
- Apples, bananas, and oranges are quick portable fruits that you can eat on your way to class. Make it a habit to pick one up from the Diner after eating dinner the night before, and then packing it in your backpack! This way, it will be ready to go with you when you leave the next morning.
- Yogurt is cheap to buy in bulk, and it doesn’t expire quickly, making it a great breakfast option to keep in your fridge at all times. It’s also easy to eat on the go, or subtly while in class. Pair it with some granola, chocolate chips, and/or fresh fruit for some added texture and flavor. A variety of flavors can be found at convenience shops around campus.
- Instant oatmeal will be there to warm you up before you head out into the cool, brisk morning air. Oatmeal is a versatile food that can be tailored to anyone’s taste preferences. There are so many different flavor options available, or you can experiment with your own concoctions by adding fresh or dried fruit, cinnamon, honey, nuts…the possibilities are endless.
- Whole wheat bread and peanut butter is a dynamite combo that will leave you feeling satisfied all the way through lunch. Make it into a sandwich with a sliced banana or apple, and sprinkle on some cinnamon for a delicious alternative. The Diner has a great PB&J sandwich station where you can quickly make a sandwich the night before. Bonus: no refrigeration required.
- Scrambled eggs in the microwave is a technique that every college student should know. Yes, this is a real thing! Scramble two eggs in a mug or microwavable bowl, add two tablespoons of milk, some salt and pepper, and then microwave the eggs for two minutes, stirring the mixture every 15 seconds. If you’re you want to take it a step further, add cheese, diced veggies, or bacon to add great flavor and extra nutrients to your breakfast.
These breakfasts are simple, yet effective, and will ensure that every day is a great day!
If you would like more information about how to incorporate quick, healthy breakfasts into your busy schedule, consider making an appointment for a free diet analysis at the Health Center! Call 301-314-5664 for more information.