By Abigail Broderdorf:
Now that another semester has started, getting back into a regular morning routine can pose a challenge for eating breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Students can readily agree that finding time to eat, let alone prepare a recipe, before morning classes is often a struggle. However, eating a breakfast can help maintain energy and proper blood sugar levels throughout the day. Also, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, eating high-energy foods for breakfast can improve short-term memory— great for remembering class notes!
These three quick breakfasts are easy to make and take for students heading out to class.
Frozen yogurt fruit skewers
- Yogurt (Greek or regular): plain, vanilla-flavored or fruit flavored
- Fruit of your liking (fresh or frozen): blueberries, strawberries, pineapple or a variety
- Wooden skewers
- Thread fruit onto skewers until the skewer is half full.
- Pour yogurt into wide, shallow bowl.
- Roll fruit skewer in yogurt, covering all sides of the fruit.
- Place prepared fruit skewers on plate or pan.
- Freeze the food until firm, which will take about 1.5 hours.
Recipe adapted from http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com
Banana oatmeal smoothie
- 1 whole banana
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons yogurt
- 1/4 cup cooked oatmeal
- 15 almonds
- 1 cup ice
- Put all ingredients into a blender, adding ice last.
- Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until smoothie thickens.
Recipe from Chiquita Banana Recipes
No-bake energy bites
- 1 cup dry oatmeal
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground wheat germ
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
- Let chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Serves 20-25 (one energy bite each)
Recipe adapted from http://www.gimmesomeoven.com