“Be a Star with School Breakfast,” is this year’s National School Breakfast Week theme which falls on March 4 through the 8. The school breakfast program was founded by the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. It provides nutritious meals to students at participating schools. Be a Star this week and make time for breakfast every morning. Whether its breakfast on the go, something pre made or an extravagant meal in the morning you are sure to feel better throughout the day when including this meal in your day.
College life may seem too difficult to squeeze in breakfast, but this should never be the case. The benefits of eating breakfast are substantial.
- Improved energy: Common breakfast foods pack nutritious vitamins, calcium and protein to keep you energized throughout the day. A healthy breakfast will also help you stay focused throughout your classes.
- Metabolism boost: When you sleep your metabolism slows down. The only way to jump start your metabolism is to begin the day with a healthy breakfast.
- Fight Health Problems: Women ages 20 to 39 who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, have high blood pressure or have high cholesterol.
Classy coeds can plan a healthy well-rounded breakfast in just a few minutes. The following are healthy and nutritious options for your daily breakfast this week:
- Oatmeal: Quick oats in the morning take less than 2 minutes to make. Add your favorite fruit and spice with some cinnamon. You can also use steel cut oats and make oatmeal the night before.
- Eggs and Toast: Cook your eggs however you like and pair it with a piece of toast. You can also combine the two together by cutting a hole in your toast and frying your egg inside the hole.
- Greek Yogurt and Fruit: Pair a 6z container of Greek Yogurt with your favorite fruit. If you want a chewy texture add in ¼ cup of rolled oats.
- Cereal: Cereals are rich in complex carbohydrates, iron, minerals and fiber. The healthiest cereals contain one serving of whole grains, less than 10 grams of sugar and at least 3 grams of fiber.
- Fresh Fruit Salad: Combine all of your favorite fruits in one bowl. Add a little lime or lemon juice for added flavor.
- Cottage Cheese and Fruit: Pair low-fat cottage cheese with your favorite fruit. Pack this the night before and grab the container on the go the next morning.
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