Go for the protein, not the sugar!
We all know that we are supposed to start each day with a healthy balanced breakfast, but if you are a busy student, breakfast is probably low on your list of priorities. But having a balanced breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little advanced planning, you can have healthy “grab-n-go” options each morning. These quick breakfasts can save you time and money, and can give you the energy you need to make it through your morning classes.
How does breakfast improve your day? According to WebMD, a balanced breakfast can:
- Give your body important nutrients
- Improve your concentration
- Lift your overall mood
- Give you energy for the day’s activities
- Help you manage your weight
- Possibly lower your cholesterol
Below are some ideas for incorporating a good balance of whole grains, fresh fruits, and healthy proteins into your morning routine. Try out these suggestions and see what a difference breakfast can make.
- Whole wheat toast, peanut butter, and an orange
- Plain yogurt with bananas
- Cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes
- Hard-cooked eggs and an apple
- Handful of almonds, banana, and string cheese
- Small whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese
- No-sugar instant oatmeal with milk and bananas
- Low-sugar whole grain cereal with milk
- Whole wheat freezer waffles with peanut butter
- Banana and peanut butter and a handful of baby carrots
- Microwaved scrambled eggs in a mug
- Turkey and low-fat cheese roll up
- Green smoothie with nut butter
- Scrambled egg sandwich on whole wheat toast
Once you get into the habit of eating a healthy breakfast every day, you should notice the difference. You should have more energy and avoid the sugar highs and lows that a sugary breakfast can cause. Eating at home is also less expensive than stopping at the doughnut store every morning. And for students, saving money is always a plus! Planning out your breakfasts in advance may take a little extra time, but it will be worth it.
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