You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” over and over again. Well, maybe it won’t hurt to hear it a fifth or sixth time.
For you students who have early classes, your focus will be improved immensely if you took the time to eat before your brain becomes overwhelmed with the amount of information you will receive during the long hours you spend in class. After all, it has been reported that “people who forgo breakfast are not as productive at work, are less effective problem solvers and have less mental clarity compared to people who regularly eat a healthy breakfast.”
Not only does skipping breakfast result in poor concentration, but it can also lead to gaining the infamous freshman 15. Depriving your body of breakfast only makes your craving for food stronger around lunchtime, and being a college student, you'll probably grab what is most convenient and unhealthy.
Studies have shown “children who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to struggle with weight problems,” and "individuals who do not eat breakfast tend to snack more on sugary or high-fat foods, overeat in the evening and are more likely to be overweight.” Given these facts, do yourself a favor, and keep the extra inches off your thighs.
So, the next morning before you go to class, make yourself a quick and easy breakfast so you will be able to ditch the bag of Hot Cheetos the next time you're sitting in class with your hands held tightly over your stomach.
Try some of these fast and delicious breakfast ideas that only take a few minutes to prepare!
1. Egg whites topped with avocado
What you will need: 2 eggs, ½ an avocado, oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: Separate 2 egg whites from yolk, heat oil in pan and pour egg whites into pan. Scramble eggs until fluffy (this should take only a few minutes), and serve on a slice of wheat toast if desired. Slice avocado and place on top of eggs and finally add a pinch of salt and pepper for some extra taste!
For something on the go, try this nutritious smoothie and sandwich:
2. Banana strawberry smoothie
What you will need: 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, ½ cup ice cubes, ½ an orange, 1 cup milk or almond milk.
Directions: Throw all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Pour into disposable cup and enjoy it on the way to class.
To make this smoothie extra nutritious, add a teaspoon of chia seeds to reduce cravings and help reduce blood pressure.
3. Almond butter and banana sandwich
What you will need: 2 tbsp almond butter, 1 banana and 1 bagel thin.
Directions: Spread almond butter onto bagel thin (toast if desired), and slice up banana. Place bananas onto almond butter and voila!