As a college student, it can often be hard to fit in a healthy breakfast before class or even work. Sometimes we wake up late and don’t have time to cook. Or we ate three slices of pizza the night before and don’t get hungry until 1:00 PM the next day. These kind of days are O.K. once in a while but it is also important that we consider incorporating a healthy breakfast to treat our bodies the best we can into our golden ages!
Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Eating a hardy breakfast will give you the energy (calories, carbohydrates, protein, etc.) needed to think and be proactive in class. Eating a combination of fats and protein, such as, eggs and avocado, will help keep your stomach satisfied for longer and help prevent low blood sugar fluctuations. Eating the right kind of breakfast will also help manage your weight and help maintain a healthy body.
What happens when you skip breakfast? Low Blood Sugar. Eating breakfast restores glycogen and stabilizes insulin after hours of sleep. If you don’t replenish in the morning, your body will feel fatigued throughout the day. Eating breakfast provides you with a more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. And helps to improve concentration and performance in the classroom. Treat breakfast like your best friend. Love it, treat it with kindness, and don’t forget about it! Here are a few tips to remember breakfast in the mornings.
1. Stick to plain yogurt. Add berries and your favorite nut butter.
2. Oatmeal is good for you. It's rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium -- and that's before you add any fruit or flavorings -- and can help lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
3. Adding whole grains, nuts, eggs, low-fat dairy and lean meat to your breakfast plate can help you start the day with a good shot of protein.
4. Some other foods to consider, even though they're not typical breakfast fare, are broccoli, onions, garlic, tomatoes and dark leafy greens. Try whipping up a veggie omelet or frittata using these ingredients for a super breakfast.
Below is a simple recipe for my favorite fruit smoothie. It’s delicious and great for breakfast!
4 cups of strawberries
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey
½ tablespoon of sugar (optional)
½ cup of fresh orange juice
Handful of ice chips
Blend it all together until smooth and easily pourable. Usually takes 20 seconds in the blender. Enjoy!
Today's blog post comes from Nutrition Intern Alysa Velasquez!