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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for College Students We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what makes it so important? The positive effects of eating breakfast have been proven time and time again and in each case the argument for breakfast wins. Eating a healthy breakfast can wake you up, keep you focused, and help you either lose weight or maintain a current healthy weight. If this is the case, why are so many of us skipping breakfast? Is it because you cherish that extra 5 minutes of snooze time? Are you saving money on groceries? Or does breakfast just take up too much of your precious early morning time? Whatever the reason, make breakfast a priority. Here are some fast, cheap, simple, and healthy breakfast choices for your busy mornings. No more excuses.

Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Berries. Photo by Chotda 1. Cereal- The case for cereal has practically made itself. It is one of the cheapest food choices around and provides essential nutrients. Never before has breakfast been faster so you don’t have much of an excuse to skip this one. Look for cereals made with whole grains and a low sugar content. Even if you do end up reaching for that box of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, you’ll still be way ahead of those who skipped breakfast. 2. Peanut Butter and Jam- It’s a 5-year-old standby for good reason. It’s fast, healthy, and it tastes amazing. To make this option even healthier, opt for a whole grain bread with plenty of fiber. The fiber will stop the absorption of some of fat in peanut butter and it will keep you fuller longer. Instead of using jelly, select a no-sugar-added jam. The fruit in the jam is sweet enough on it’s own so you won’t be missing out on anything.

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3. Oatmeal- This could have gone in the cereal category but I believe it shines on its own. If you have an under stocked kitchen look for the instant packs. They’re easy, fast, and will keep you full. If you’d like to be a bit more adventurous, buy steel cut oats in bulk at a local whole food store. Then add in anything you’d like. Some great add-in choices are fresh or frozen berries, bananas, brown sugar, apples, peanut butter, and pumpkin. Get creative with it! 4. Eggs and Toast- This is one of the cheapest breakfasts out there and it will also keep you more full than many of the carb-heavy options. If you’re really pressed for time in the morning, skip scrambling your eggs and hard-boil the whole carton. Then in the morning you simply need to peel, rinse, and go. Studies have also shown that people who start their days with a protein breakfast eat fewer calories throughout the day. 5. Fruit and Yogurt- Bananas are practically already pre-packaged for you and ready to go. Other fruits like oranges and apples work great for those in a hurry too. Pair it with some yogurt, preferably of the Greek variety, and you’ve got another breakfast ready to go out the door with you. 6. Smoothies- Right along the lines of fruit and yogurt but way easier to eat on the go. Smoothies are remarkably versatile so you can use whatever you’ve got on hand. Possibilities are endless so get creative. My favorite smoothie is a cup of apple juice, a cup of frozen mixed fruit, a banana, and a few handfuls of spinach. The spinach does change the color of the drink but I promise even the pickiest of eaters won’t be able to taste it. If you’d like extra protein in your smoothie toss in some protein powder or peanut butter. For more information on healthy eats, check out our post on healthy and easy meals or this one on healthy snack options.

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for College Students  

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what makes it so important? The positive effects of eating breakfas...