Breakfast 101: How To Stay Healthy And Get To Class On Time

Breakfast 101: How To Stay Healthy And Get To Class On Time
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    You have probably heard the saying that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day."

    While it is difficult to determine its importance in relation to lunch, dinner, and snacks, breakfast is certainly not a meal that you should miss if you can help it.


Breakfast helps replenish your body’s glucose levels that diminish overnight, giving you the energy you need to make it through the day. Additionally, people who eat breakfast have been shown to maintain energy throughout the day.

Up until the end of high school, it is easy to remember to eat breakfast. You get up at the same time every morning, and you have your parents there to remind you to eat something before you walk out the door.

However, once you enter college, the sudden lack of guidance and varying wake-up times can get in the way of this healthy habit. As you are rushing out the door to your first class of the day, you may not feel as though you have time to prepare yourself a meal.

Here are some quick, healthy breakfast ideas for when your morning routine is feeling packed.

Protein Bars

Protein is one of the key components of a health-friendly breakfast because it gives you energy to store for later. So when you grab a peanut butter snack bar on the way to class, you are actually making a pretty good decision for your body that will help it out later in the day.

Protein bars have no prep time (aside from tearing open the wrapper) and are quick to eat.


Even if you don’t have time to grab a bowl and pour milk with it, a few handfuls of cereal can be tossed into a plastic baggie and eaten on the way to or during class.

If you feel like even that takes too much time, consider portioning out a few days’ worth of cereal ahead of time so that you don’t have to rush in the morning.


Another protein-rich food, eggs are a great choice for a quick morning meal. You don’t even need a stove to prepare them. If you have access to a microwave, you can cook an egg that way!

All you need to do is lightly oil the inside of a microwave-safe bowl, crack an egg into the bowl, deflate the yolks (to prevent them from popping and making a mess in your microwave), season to taste, and microwave for about 2 minutes.


A can of tuna is easy to transport and can be yet another great source of protein to help start your day off right. You can try eating your tuna on toast, crackers, with seasoning, or just straight out of the can.

If you are choosing to do this right before class, though, be sure and grab a breath mint for the sake of your classmates.


Whether you like apples, oranges, grapes, or bananas, fresh fruit is a healthy, fiber-rich food that makes a quick, tasty meal. Foods that are rich in fiber will help your body feel full after eating.

This way, you are more likely to make it through your 8 AM without your stomach grumbling part-way through.

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Nuts, such as cashews, peanuts, pistachios, or walnuts, often come in individual serving-sized packets that are easy to stuff into a backpack or purse. Another protein-rich food, nuts can also be mixed in with other foods like fruit or cereal in order to make a more balanced meal.

Breakfast seems like such an insignificant thing when you are just starting out on your own, but what (and if) we eat at the beginning of the day can make a huge impact.

It doesn’t always have to be an elaborate banquet. Even if you are only able to eat a handful of nuts or cereal, it is important to remember to eat something before your day begins.

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