Breakfast – the most important meal of the day and as the saying goes… ‘Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper’.
However, most of us students tend to skip breakfast in the mornings which often leads to poor concentration, fatigue and irritable behaviour. Even if you just spend 5-10 minutes making a quick and nutritious breakfast it is definitely worth your while, as it will stop those mid-morning sugar cravings, which are often hard to control. Students who regularly eat a nutritious breakfast are proven to experience a healthier, happier lifestyle, achieve higher and better grades compared to those who skip breakfast and are more motivated! Surely it makes sense, so why do so many of us go without it? Whether it’s because you never have time, don’t know what to have or just can’t stomach anything too early in the morning – this week’s blog will give you no reason to skip breakfast again!
Let’s be honest, most of us hit the snooze button for those extra 10 (20, 30…) minutes in bed when we have to get up early. Getting to your lectures for 9am seems impossible some mornings, but when you do eventually get out of bed you give yourself just enough time to get dressed, never mind getting some breakfast down you! While it’s easy sticking to your bog standard toast and jam, it doesn’t really give you much of an incentive to get out of bed and god knows we need one. So – here are some delicious, filling and nutritious breakfast ideas all ready in around 5 minutes!
Healthy Nutty Banana Milkshake: A quick fix full of vitamins, minerals and protein which can help keep your hunger levels stable until lunchtime.
Chocolate Berry Overnight Oats: This recipe is designed for when you plan to have that extra half hour in bed, and you can snooze to your delight knowing breakfast is already waiting for you! Just 5 minutes preparation the night before and that’s it, and while I love a big bowl of hot porridge this recipe uses oats in a new, exciting and delicious way.
Crumpets With Berries & Yoghurt: Sometimes nothing can beat toasted crumpets slathered in melting butter – but they will do nothing for your appetite mid-morning or your waistline! This recipe uses crumpets in a new way that will give you a great source of vitamins and a full tummy.
Boiled Eggs & Marmite Seedy Soldiers: I had to get Marmite in here somewhere! Just 4 minutes in boiling water for runny yolks perfect for dipping your soldiers. The wholemeal toast will keep you full for longer, the eggs are a great source of healthy protein and marmite is full of B vitamins = the energy vitamins!
Are you like me and have to travel to Uni in the morning? If so, you probably have to get up even earlier, so early in fact you may not be able to stomach a big breakfast at that time in the morning. Not to worry - whilst you’re travelling on bus or train, that’s valuable time for you to get some brekkie down you! Here are some great recipes for breakfast you can take with you on your travels.
Eggy Spinach Baked Muffins: Delicious for breakfast or lunch, easy to carry with you and a really satisfying and healthy savoury muffin.
Banana & Dried Fruit Breakfast Loaf: Spend an hour or so baking this loaf on a Sunday afternoon and save yourself time in the morning. This loaf will definitely see you out the week and will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Slice it up, wrap in foil and pop it in your bag – easy peasy!
Super Healthy Fruit Granola: Again, spending time to save yourself time in the morning is the key to a quick yet healthy and filling breakfast. Spoon around 100ml of natural/greek yoghurt into a small container, and then sprinkle over a few handfuls of this delicious homemade granola. The oats will gradually release energy and the yoghurt will regulate your energy levels – a winning combination for a satisfied stomach!
(Easy like) Sunday mornings…
Treat yourself and take time at the weekend to make yourself a breakfast fit for a King, or Queen!
Eggs Benedict: This recipe was said to be invented in the 1940s by a retired stock broker looking for a cure for a killer of a hangover! Quite fitting for the student lifestyle maybe, so the next Sunday morning you’re feeling slightly worse for wear this could do just the trick.
Scotch Pancakes: Serve these Scottish beauties up with golden syrup and lemon, blueberry compote, maple syrup and bacon or a chocolate sauce – a real treat!
Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg Bagel: we should aim to eat around 2-3 portions of fish every week, and this recipe is a great way to help you incorporate more fish into your meals. A classic combination, and utterly delicious.
Low Fat Fry Up: I haven’t put up a recipe as it’s more about making healthier choices in what you cook and how you cook it. To start, limit yourself to one rasher of bacon and one sausage as these are the unhealthiest elements of the good old English fry up. Rather than frying them in oil, grill them. Same with the eggs, poach or boil your eggs instead of fried. Have wholemeal toast with low fat margarine rather than white toast and butter, but your baked beans can stay! Grill some cherry or vine tomatoes or you can warm through some plum tomatoes from a tin. All of these little alterations will help make the calorific English fry up otherwise.
Always wondered why your mum nagged at you and made sure you sat down and had breakfast before you set off for school? That’s why! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure it’s the most delicious. Have you got any delicious breakfast recipes you want to share? Don’t forget to upload them to the Studentrecipes website!
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