It really is the most important meal of the day
You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but it really is important that you start your day off with a good breakfast. In many ways, breakfast lives up to its billing as the most important meal of the day. Your energy drops significantly overnight, and it’s important that you begin your day with a full tank. Eating a balanced breakfast gives your body the fuel it needs to hit the ground running every morning.
Get Into a Routine
It can be hard to get out of bed with enough time to eat a good breakfast before your first class, but it pays off to make the effort. Students who regularly eat breakfast are healthier. They get more of the essential nutrients their bodies need, especially fiber. Eating breakfast helps your brain function, particularly in terms of attention, memory and mood.
Commit to waking up with enough time to eat a good breakfast before you start your day. If you’re like most students, you try to stay in bed until the last possible second (and then it’s a mad dash to make it to class on time). Set your alarm half an hour earlier than normal so you have time to eat.
Once you get into the routine of eating breakfast every morning, don’t let yourself begin to skip lunch. You need to make time for regular meals. Don’t fall into a state of hunger, or you’ll notice your attention, concentration and, eventually, your grades slipping.
What Makes a Good Breakfast?
Any breakfast is better than no breakfast, but you should make an effort to eat healthy in the morning. An ideal breakfast consists of a good balance of the nutrients your body needs. It should be rich in complex carbohydrates and protein. Try incorporating these healthy items into your morning meal routine:
- Fruit juice that’s high in vitamin C (this will help prevent colds and the flu, the bane of many college students); orange juice is your best friend.
- Whole grain cereal, whole wheat toast or a whole wheat bagel
- Scrambled eggs or an omelet with vegetables
- Fresh fruit
- A bran muffin
- Trail mix made up of nuts and dried fruit
Try to avoid eating bacon, doughnuts and other sugary pastry snacks.
Breakfast and Diets
It’s important to note that skipping breakfast won’t help you lose weight. In fact, people who skip breakfast tend to consume more calories throughout the day.