Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Healthy Breakfast is a Start to a Healthier Day

Students are constantly on the run, and who can blame them? I’m sure your day typically starts with jumping to your feet at the sound of that alarm, hopping into the shower, quickly getting dressed, then running out the door and straight into that packed lecture hall. College students are often so busy trying to get somewhere that it’s easy to forget to charge our bodies to meet the demands of the day.
It’s crucial to start our day right by first replenishing our energy. And how do we do that? Why with a good breakfast of course! The nutritional choices we make can greatly impact our energy levels and metabolism throughout the day. No matter how busy you may be, breakfast can easily be incorporated into our busy schedules with these tips.

- Grab a banana.
--- Helps sustain energy and blood sugar
--- Improves mood and aids in stress relief
--- Helps maintain strong bones and strengthens the nervous system
- Peel an orange the night before and place it in a Ziploc bag for the next day.
--- Packed with sources of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber
--- Aids in prevention of cancer and improves heart health
- Bag-up some berries.
--- Packed with antioxidants to help fight against free radicals
--- Good source of energy
- Take a Greek yogurt on the go.
--- Good source of dairy and protein
--- Contains the good bacteria, Lactobacillus, which fights against the bad bacteria in the gut
- Throw a few granola bars into your backpack
--- often a good source of fiber
--- Helps sustain hunger
- Pack a peanut/almond butter with sliced banana sandwich on whole or multigrain bread.
--- Contains a nutrient dense fat, a serving of fruit, and two servings of whole grains, and fiber to keep you full longer
- Invest in a to-go blender to quickly whip up a nourishing smoothie with Greek yogurt and fruits and take it to class with you
--- Nutrient-packed breakfast which is convenient and will help you sustain your hunger.
- Put a handful of granola with almonds and dried fruits in a Ziploc bag.
--- Contains healthy fats, vitamins, and fiber
So you see? Breakfast can be worked into your busy schedule.

Want to know more about how to make a healthy breakfast and sample some yummy items? Stop by the Campus Dietitian’s tabling event on September 4th (@ Cougar Woods) and September 6th (@ Fresh Food Company) from 11:30 am- 1 pm to learn more.

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