Jump Start Your Day: Healthy Breakfasts On-The-Go

By: Sarah Hussey

Photo Credit: Clip Art

Photo Credit: Clip Art

BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEEEEEP! You force your eyes open and jolt out of bed, realizing you have hit snooze button one too many times. Grabbing your textbooks, throw on some clothes, and rush out the door, class started approximately one minute ago. A healthy breakfast is the furthest thing from your mind. Sound familiar?

This unfortunate situation is common amongst college students. In our busy schedules, how can we find time to eat a healthy breakfast? Luckily, the answer is simpler than we think. Here are a few easy breakfast ideas to jump-start your day.

OATMEAL: Oatmeal is a good source of fiber, so it will keep you full for longer. It is known to lower cholesterol and is great for your heart. You can make it with milk or water and can add ingredients like cinnamon, nuts, honey, or fruit.

GREEK YOGURT AND BANANA: Grab some greek yogurt for a great source of protein. There are many flavors available. You can also buy the unflavored kind and add ingredients such as honey, cinnamon, or cocoa powder. Add a banana for great nutrients like potassium and Vitamin B-6.

WHOLE-GRAIN TOAST AND PEANUT BUTTER: Whole grains are great for the heart and will provide you with many vitamins and minerals. By adding some peanut butter, you can get a good source of protein and healthy fat.

FRUIT SMOOTHIE: This is quick option if you don’t like the idea of solid food in the morning. Throw your favorite fruits in a blender; add some milk and ice and you are good to go. You can also add peanut butter, honey, cinnamon or any other extra ingredients that you like.

ALMONDS AND FRUIT: If you are really in a rush, this is an easy, portable option. Grab a handful for a good source of protein and healthy fats. Almonds are also great for maintaining a healthy weight and promoting heart health. Grab the fruit of your choice for some extra nutrients: apples, oranges, and bananas are all great options.