Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas

As college students, we are constantly on the go and often do not have time for a proper breakfast. Since breakfast is the most important meal of day, it is crucial not to skip this meal. With a healthy breakfast, you will get your metabolism going, start burning calories and be more alert throughout the day.  Here is a list of my 5 favorite breakfast options that will satisfy anyone's breakfast cravings!

1. Bar & Fruit: For those of you with 8 a.m.s, I know it can be hard to squeeze in breakfast. Instead of having your stomach growling in class, try to grab a piece of fruit like an apple or a banana and then also bring a bar. Some of my favorite tasty and nutritious bars include: Kind bars, Luna bars, and Lara bars.  These bars have few ingredients which means they aren't as processed as say a Poptart for breakfast.

2. Greek yogurt & granola: Another quick breakfast that you can take on the go is a cup of Greek yogurt with a plastic spoon. My favorite brand is Chobani, but if you go to any grocery store, there will be tons of Greek yogurt brands and flavors that anyone would like. For those of you that like a little crunch with your yogurt, feel free to add in some granola or Kashi Go Lean Crunch. The protein from the Greek yogurt makes this a very filling and delicious breakfast option.

3. Oatmeal: When you have more time in the morning, try making oatmeal for breakfast. To make it taste even better, throw in some sliced almonds, a dash of cinnamon, blueberries, or cut up apple pieces. This is a tasty and healthy breakfast that will definitely keep you full until lunch.

4. Homemade healthy pancakes: Pancakes for breakfast?! YUM! Instead of using sugary, pre-made mixes, here is an easy recipe for healthy blueberry or apple pancakes!

- 1/4 cup of oats
- 1/3 cup of egg whites
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Handful of sliced almonds
- Blueberries or small cut up pieces of an apple

1. Mash the banana
2. Mix in all the other ingredients
3. Put the batter on pan and cook both sides 
4. Instead of sugary syrup, add a little plain or vanilla Greek yogurt on top
5. Enjoy your tasty breakfast!

5. Eggs: Another easy breakfast to make is eggs. Feel free to make them however you like whether it is scrambled, sunny side up, or an omelette.  The protein from the eggs will keep you full all day long. My favorite is to make an omelette and then melt some cheese on top. Then put your omelette on a whole wheat English muffin.  Before you know it, you just made your own breakfast sandwich that you can take on the go!

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