Let's be real: breakfast in college often consists of a cereal bar or nothing at all. Unfortunately, those aren't the best choices if you want your mind and body to run at full speed during your A.M. classes. Here are five easy breakfast options that can help you stay rolling all morning.
Breakfast Ideas for College Students
As a busy college student, breakfast probably isn't one of your top priorities, but perhaps it should be. According to USA TODAY College, breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to stay alert and focused, which is why it can be difficult to concentrate when you're hungry (or hangry!). If that's not enough, some studies have also shown that eating breakfast can aid in weight loss and reduce the risk of diabetes.
Although it's easy to grab a granola bar and/or a cup of coffee on your way to class, eating a more beneficial breakfast is a much better choice. Let's take a look at some simple breakfast ideas that can get you through your morning classes without being interrupted by a growling stomach.
1. Anything Avocado
Avocados are an excellent choice for breakfast in college because they're packed with nutrients, ready to eat and extremely versatile! They contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats as well as high amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help keep your body and mind nourished while you sit in class all morning.
Avocado toast is one of the most popular ways to eat this yummy fruit (yes, fruit!). All you have to do is smash or slice up some avocado, put it on some whole-grain toast and add other toppings to your heart's content. Some suggestions are seasonings, sprouts or even an egg for added protein. Beyond toast, avocado can be enjoyed on its own, on a breakfast sandwich or in a smoothie (see below).
2. Supercharged Smoothie
Not only are smoothies a quick breakfast option for college students on their way to class, they make it easy to pack several healthy foods into one delicious drink! All you need is a base, such as Greek yogurt (loaded with protein that helps keep you satisfied), a variety of fruits and/or veggies, some liquid such as almond milk and some ice. Throw everything in a blender and pulse to your desired consistency.
Some good ideas for fruits are bananas, berries or avocados, all of which can help you stay energized throughout the morning. As far as veggies go, spinach and other leafy greens are great additions because they're loaded with phytochemicals, which may help prevent chronic diseases and keep you healthy.
3. Overnight Oatmeal
Oatmeal is another great choice for college students, and when you prepare it at night, breakfast couldn't be easier! Just throw some rolled oats, spices, fruit and/or nuts and some liquid (low-fat cow's milk, soy milk, almond milk, etc.) into a lidded jar and refrigerate overnight. By morning, the oats will have soaked up the liquid, and you can grab it and go (heating optional).
Oats are very healthy and contain several antioxidants and polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain soluble fiber, which helps keep you full, energized and focused during your morning classes.
4. Power-Packed Parfait
As we mentioned above, Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, which helps you stay full longer. For a power-packed breakfast parfait that can keep you going all morning, just layer yogurt and your choice of healthy toppings in a medium to large cup or jar.
Some good ideas for toppings include fruit, nuts, granola, coconut and dark chocolate chips (the higher the cocoa content, the more health benefits!). Just add a spoon, and you're ready to enjoy your creation on your way to class!
5. Excellent Eggs
Eggs are inexpensive and versatile, not to mention simple to prepare and packed with protein. For a quick college breakfast, simply scramble a couple of eggs with a little cheese and some veggies of your choice (hello, spinach!). Throw everything in a tortilla and wrap in foil, and you have a perfectly portable breakfast burrito that will keep you satisfied until lunchtime!
If you're not feeling the burrito, consider frying an egg until the yolk is set and layering it on a bagel or English muffin with cheese, lean ham or turkey bacon and veggies of your choice. In addition to protein, egg yolks contain high levels of choline, a micronutrient, that may support brain and nerve function.
Now that you have some easy breakfast ideas, there should be no reason to skip breakfast or reach for that nutritionally lacking granola bar. All of these options can help keep your energy and concentration levels up, which can go a long way towards your success in college classes!
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