The Most Important Meal of the Day: How to do Breakfast Right on a College Schedule

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The Most Important Meal of the Day: How to do Breakfast Right on a College Schedule

At the mere mention of breakfast, many of us can still hear our mother’s voices nagging us to eat that purported most important meal of the day, breakfast.   And as much as I hate to side with her…it’s true.

Studies have proven that breakfast improves your learning ability, attention span, and memory retention. And for those of you who are skipping breakfast as a weight loss technique. STOP! Eating breakfast will actually give your metabolism a boost. Skipping breakfast will only make you more likely to binge later (don’t deny it, we’ve all been there). And when that famished feeling does come, you’re more likely to scarf down the first thing you see-which usually isn’t the healthiest option.

A healthy breakfast should contain complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber. The “I don’t have time in the morning” excuse doesn’t cut it. Here are some quick breakfast ideas for those of us in a rush, because let’s face it, we are college students-who doesn’t try to maximize their sleep in the morning?

1. Kashi 7 whole grain waffles-Just pop them in the toaster and you’re good to go (available in original, blueberry, and strawberry at frogro)

2. Apple & peanut butter-Conveniently sliced and packaged at Wawa

3. Egg Sandwich –Request egg whites and whole wheat bread as a healthier option  (Bui’s cart located at 38th and spruce is a favorite if you are in a rush)

4. Breakfast Bar– Try to find one high in protein like Luna or Cliff bars

5. Yogurt and granola-1920 commons has recently opened a make your own yogurt bar. You start with a stonyfield yogurt base and choose from an array of fruit and cereal toppings.

6. Whole wheat bagel with peanut butter

7. Cereal and Milk– Opt for a cereal low in sugar

8. Oatmeal– Sprinkle nuts on top for protein

9. Low fat cheese and whole wheat crackers

10. Trail Mix – Try making your own trail mix by combining whole grain cereal, dried fruit, and nuts.

And when you do have time for a longer breakfast or brunch — here are some favorites:

Metropolitan Bakery: 4013 Walnut Street

RX: 4443 Spruce Street

Sabrina’s Philadelphia: 910 Christian Street

Parc: 227 S 18th Street

By Melissa Urfirer

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