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postheadericon Healthy Breakfast Ideas for College Students

College meals are often vastly different from those served so faithfully by Mom or Dad when students still lived at home. This occurs for two reasons: schedules often leave little time for preparing healthy meals, and budgets are so tight that the cost of eating healthy meals is prohibitive. Still, students are intelligent enough to know that a good breakfast can make a huge difference in their ability to learn and retain information. This means that a student with limited funds needs to plan carefully to prepare inexpensive breakfast dishes that will give them the vitamins and minerals needed for their bodies to function properly. The following ideas might help them to do just that: Quick and Healthy, Traditional Breakfast Foods Students may want to stick with traditional breakfast foods that can either be prepared a night or two before they are needed or are so easy to prepare that they do not take away from the precious minutes needed to get ready for class each day. The following are good choices: • Boiled eggs and a piece of fruit • Oatmeal and a glass of skim milk • A bowl of high fiber cereal with a banana • Canadian bacon and cheese on a whole wheat English Muffin • Cream cheese on a bagel with a banana Healthy, Non-traditional Breakfast Choices Students can be quite creative with their breakfast choices without sacrificing their health. As long as they keep in michael kors outlet online mind that they need some type of protein to start the day, they can add other items as desired as long as they consider the total calorie count. Some great choices that should not contribute to weight gain are as follows: • A mixture of nuts and dried fruits with a glass of milk • A cup of yogurt topped with a tablespoon of wheat germ • A smoothie made from healthy ingredients such as fresh or frozen fruit, low-fat ice cream, milk, or juice • A whole wheat waffle or pancake topped with peanut butter and an all-fruit spread • An ounce of hard cheese and a small piece of fruit • A sandwich made of whole grain bread, a slice of turkey, and a slice of tomato • Add a smear of peanut butter to a whole wheat muffin • Make an Egg-Beater omelet and add your favorite vegetables • Wrap a piece of turkey and cream cheese in a tortilla and eat with a peach Remember, breakfast provides the energy for your day, and skipping it completely could lead to low blood sugar levels and dehydration. Healthy breakfast options should always be a combination of low-fat protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and vegetables or fruit in order to prevent these problems. A diet that includes plenty of these ingredients will lead to better concentration and increased alertness, and students’ grades will generally reflect their good eating habits. Guest author Jennifer Lewis never skips breakfast and believes it’s the most important meal of the day. She writes for a site that helps female students find financial aid, such as financial grants for women and scholarships for women in biology.

postheadericon Quick Veggie-Rich Breakfast Recipes to Curb Morning Insanity

Do you hit the snooze button multiple times every morning when the alarm clock sounds? Do you grudgingly drag yourself down to the kitchen for your morning coffee, only to leave the house without eating? Well no more! You’ve heard the reasons you need to eat a healthy breakfast. No more excuses! Here are three easy breakfast recipes featuring vegetables. Vegetables for breakfast? Yes, you read that correctly. Vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients, and many vegetables help fight cancer. These veggie-packed breakfast ideas will give you energy, deliver nutrients and jumpstart your morning: Juicing: Do you have a juicer or blender handy? Throw in some spinach, add some carrots, kale, or cucumbers, and blend away! You’ll have a refreshing breakfast option you can drink as you rush out the door. Add a splash of mint or a dash of lemon zest for taste. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a delightful breakfast option. They’re versatile, tasty and unbelievably simple. Bake and eat, smash and spread on toast, or stir together with a little Greek yogurt and cinnamon. You can ready sweet potatoes ahead of time by wrapping in aluminum foil and baking at 400-degrees until soft. Plus, sweet potatoes keep well in the refrigerator. Omelets: Omelets are a fabulous way to add veggies at breakfast. Chop up some veggies of your choosing – onions, peppers, spinach,michael kors bags uk and tomatoes work well. Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan (I prefer coconut oil for its numerous health benefits). Crack 2-3 eggs in a bowl and whip with a fork. Stir in veggies and pour into your pan. Flip your omelet over when the eggs have firmed and serve hot. For a fun twist, try omelet cupcakes. Stir together eggs and veggies. Place liners in a cupcake pan and spray with oil. Pour mixture in and bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until top is firm. Simply pop your mini omelets out and eat! Make these the night before and keep them in the refrigerator for those rushed mornings. Add salsa for extra flavor and boost to the metabolism. Hope this short list of ideas help with those alarm blaring, mind baffling mornings. Enjoy! About the Author: Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor at Natural Horizons Wellness Center, a Fairfax, Virginia wellness center. She’s also the founder of Healthy Bites, an organic meal delivery service that makes fresh, healthy food convenient for busy people.

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