Skipping breakfast can lead to low energy and poorer school performance
Are you someone who skips breakfast? Does your morning routine include hitting the snooze button too many times, grabbing a quick shower, and dashing out the door with nothing to eat? If so, then this article is for you. Even if you are not a morning person, you can fit in these quick and easy breakfasts and still make it to school on time.
Some of the great benefits of eating breakfast every morning include:
- More energy to pay attention in your classes
- Better nutrition for your overall health
- Less chance of overeating later in the day
If you’re considering turning over a new leaf and starting to eat breakfast, just remember: not all breakfast foods are created equal. Sugary cereals, glazed doughnuts, or syrupy pancakes don’t exactly start your day out right. Try these fast and healthy alternatives, and see if you feel better!
- Low-sugar yogurt or plain yogurt with berries on top
- Hard boiled eggs (boil a dozen ahead of time so you can eat throughout the week)
- Whole wheat waffles or toast with peanut butter
- Cottage cheese with fruit
- Low-sugar, whole-grain cereals, like shredded wheat
- Instant (or regular) oatmeal without added sugar
- String cheese and a handful of almonds
- Banana or apple with peanut butter
- Low-sugar whole-grain energy bar
- A glass of low-fat milk
- A green smoothie with added protein powder or nut butter
- Half a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter
- Ham and cheese roll-up
- Water to get you hydrated—avoid high sugar juices
Healthier Breakfasts at the Drive-Through
Even with these easy choices, some people simply do not like to prepare food at home. They like the convenience of the drive-through and aren’t about to change. If that’s the case for you, then try to make healthy decisions at the drive-through:
- Find out the nutritional information so that you know what you’re getting
- Limit the cream and sugar in your coffee
- Choose a half of a whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese instead of a doughnut or pastry
- Egg sandwiches can be a good choice, but skip the cheese and bacon
- Yogurt cups can be a good choice, but watch the sugar content
- Portion sizes at doughnut shops and coffee shops can be large; try to cut back
- Remember, it tends to be healthier and less expensive to eat at home.
With these ideas, eating breakfast doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. Why not start tomorrow morning? Try to eat a healthy breakfast for two straight weeks in a row, and see if you feel the benefits. Who knows? It could be the difference between and A- and an A+!
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