The Best Burden-less Breakfasts

It’s the most important meal of the day and the easiest meal to prepare.  Yet we sleep deprived students don’t always get a nutritionally balanced and healthy start to the day. Even if you don’t have time to sit down, read the paper, and eat, you can still eat breakfast—on the way to class, or even in class. Here’s how to add breakfast to your life without having to wake up even a minute earlier.

1. Granola bars. Healthy, easy to eat on the run, prepackaged, potentially tasty…who could ask for more?  I suggest chewy and not crunchy, but of course that’s personal preference.  Some of my favorites are the TLC chewy peanut butter bars and the Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Almond Bars.  Stay away from sweet cereal bars like Captain Crunch and Frosted Flake bars.  They are high in sugar and will make you very hungry in an hour or two.

2. Apples and Bananas.Bananas are tasty, a great source of potassium and are even quiet to eat during class.  The only issue: you have to eat them within a few weeks.  A more time-sturdy alternative: the apple.  Apples are a great source of vitamins and fiber, they fit into the palm of your hand, and they last pretty much forever.  My personal favorites are Honey Crisp (they actually taste like apple juice), Granny Smith (good all year round), and Red Delicious (best in the fall).

3. Yogurt.Fulfill your calcium requirement first thing in the morning.  Greek yogurt such as Chobani comes in many great flavors and individual containers.  Grab one from your fridge with a plastic spoon, sprinkle some granola on top and you’ve got yourself a balanced breakfast in a cup in a matter of a few minutes.  Some other great types of yogurt are Activa Dark Cherry and Oikos Vanilla.

4. Dried Fruits and Nuts.Before you go to bed make yourself a baggy of dried fruits and nuts, stick it in your bag and eat it on your way to class.  In terms of fruits, dried apricots, dried mangos, prunes and banana chips are all tasty.  My favorite nuts are almonds and walnuts.  Explore all types.  They are a great source of protein and a healthy source of fat.

5. Juice Boxes.Relive your childhood and whip out a juice box.  They are small, convenient and easy to drink on the go.  Just remember to stick to the real juices and stay away from Kool Aid, Iced Tea…anything that is most entirely fabricated in a factory and has little to do with fruit as we know it.  Some brand recommendations are Tropicana Orange No-Pulp Packs, Mott’s Apple Juice Boxes and V8 Splash.

6. Instant Oatmeal.Quakers and Kashi both make instant oatmeal in a to-go container all you have to do is add boiling water and close the top as you walk to class.  As soon as you get there, the oats will have absorbed the water and you will have warm porridge to munch on and make your first class more manageable.  Flavors I suggest are maple walnut and apple cinnamon.  This breakfast will keep you full and warm during the cold winter months.

7. Caffeine. Because at some points, particularly during early morning classes we are all in need. There are some studies that have shown that moderate amounts of caffeine in the morning have beneficial health effects. Ways to obtain these moderate amounts of caffeine easily and quickly. Invest in a thermos, a kettle, some teas and /or instant coffee. Great teas to wake up to are Twinning’s English Breakfast, Tazo Awake and Earl Grey and Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai. See our guide to caffeination for more.

Originally posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

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