Let’s talk about breakfast. It’s supposed to be the most important meal of the day, right? This thousand year old saying is absolutely true.
According to the John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, a nutritious breakfast not only gives us energy to kick start our mornings, but also starts our day off on a healthy note, which influences a person’s health decisions all day long.
Ok, so you’re all saying (with an eye roll), “Wow, I’ve never heard that breakfast pitch before…” and “The real problem is that I just don’t have time for a good breakfast in the morning.” And I’m with you. But as college students, we’re always pulling all-nighters and then waking up to run to our 9:30—or god forbid, 8 a.m.—classes, all while trying to finish schoolwork and oh, yeah, eat sometime in between all of that. Don’t be that kid. Eat for yourself and your own health.
Here are 5 easy breakfasts that are sure to keep you on-time, get your day going, set you up for healthy decisions, and maybe—just maybe—get you through your crazy day without feeling quite as tired (take it from me, it works!).
1. Quick Homemade Oatmeal
- ¼ cup 1-minute Quaker Oats
- Salt, to taste
- ½ granulated sugar
- 1 sandwich bag
- Any flavorings (cinnamon, raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, coffee mate)
- Put ¼ cup oats and a pinch of salt in a sandwich bag.
- Add ½ teaspoon of sugar
- Add flavoring.
- When you’re ready to go, microwave oatmeal with ¼ cup milk in a to-go container and hit the road!
2. Peanut Butter & Granola Wrap
- 1 soft tortilla
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons raw granola
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Spread peanut butter on soft tortilla (toast first, if you prefer).
- Sprinkle granola over the spread.
- Drizzle honey all over and wrap tortilla, or take a twist on sweeteners by replacing honey with drizzles of Nutella!
- For more nutrients, add slices of banana or apple.
3. Quick Avocado & Egg Breakfast Sandwich
- 2 slices bread
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- 4 slices avocado
- A dash of Sriracha
- Fry an egg with the yolk popped or cook in microwave using 10-second increments.
- Add cheddar on top of your almost fully-cooked egg and continue to cook through.
- Toast bread and add the egg and cheese in between two slices to create a sandwich.
- Add avocado and drizzle Sriracha for spicy kick!
4. Spinach-Apple Smoothie
- ¾ chopped spinach
- ½ cup apple juice
- ½ banana
- ½ cup ice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Add all ingredients to blender. Use kale as a substitute for spinach or orange juice instead of apple juice!
- Mix until smooth and add ice for desired consistency.
5. Chia Pudding
- ⅓ cup dark chia seeds
- 1⅓ cups almond milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Put chia seeds, almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract in a sealed container.
- Tighten the lid and shake well to mix thoroughly, or stir together.
- Refrigerate overnight. The pudding will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days.
- Before serving stir well and top with fruit and coconut.