Rivka Katz, Dietetics Major ’19, University Health Center Nutrition Peer Educator
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
Surely, we’ve all heard that adage before. Like many people, I always heard that growing up, but I basically tended to ignore it. Sleep took precedence over breakfast and anyways I was never hungry when I woke up, so why would I need to eat breakfast?
Fast forward a couple of years to when I began studying nutrition and I realized that breakfast truly is a super important meal. It gives our bodies fuel to start our day off right and gets our metabolism moving. Research suggests that college students even score better on exams after eating breakfast. Once you get used to eating breakfast, you can’t go back to skipping it. After all, when you begin to see how much more energy you have after eating breakfast, why would you want to stop?
As for the whole not being hungry in the morning? Once your body adapts you wake up feeling hungry and ready to eat, which is definitely preferable to feeling nauseous at the thought of food in the morning.
Still feel like you don’t want to give up on your extra few minutes of sleep to prepare breakfast? Check out the list below of 4 healthy breakfast ideas that take minimal prep time, so you can just grab them on your way out in the morning. These breakfasts are perfect for eating on your commute to school or even in your early morning classes. Use these ideas to become a fan of breakfast eating.
- Whole grain toast with peanut butter and a banana. The combination of grain and protein will give you energy to start your day and keep you feeling full until lunch. The banana is a perfect way to get in one of your three recommended fruit servings per day.
- Granola bar, string cheese, and fruit smoothie. This is a great combo if you’re commuting as it’s super easy to eat in the car. Combine various fruits with some yogurt and ice cubes to make a refreshing smoothie to sip as you drive. Have the fruits prepared the night before so that all you have to do is stick everything in the blender and pour into a to-go cup. As someone who commutes from Baltimore to UMD every day, this breakfast is often my go to in the mornings.
- Yogurt with added granola and fruit. Pick up a plain yogurt at the store and add in your own fresh fruit and granola. The fresh fruit doesn’t contain the added sugars that come in the fruit flavored yogurts and the granola contains carbs which will provide you with energy to start your day. Keeping the items stocked in your fridge means that you can just grab it on your way out the door in the morning.
- Add milk to a to-go oatmeal cup and grab a fruit to go with it. The milk will add both protein and dairy to your morning, while the oatmeal and fruit will ensure you’re not starving an hour later.
Still feel like some of these ideas take too much prep time? When in a hurry, you can always head over to the Union Shop at the Stamp where you can pick up most of these items. Just stop in on the way to class and grab any combination of the above.
Not totally convinced yet? Just try it and see for yourself. I challenge you to eat breakfast 2 times this week and see if you have more energy, focus, and a better mood. Once you start incorporating breakfast into your morning routine, you won’t ever want to stop.