Nutrition · Student Life

How to Have a Balanced Breakfast

We’ve all heard the cliché that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Still, many tend to ignore it in order to get a few extra minutes of sleep, or in trying to save calories. However, people who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than those who eat a balanced breakfast.

So what does a balanced breakfast actually mean? In the face of a variety of dangerous breakfast treats that face college kids — have you seen the waffle sundae bar? — it’s important to choose a healthy breakfast that will get you on the right track for a healthier day.

Your breakfast should consist of lean protein and fiber that will keep you satisfied and full of energy throughout the day. Good sources of lean protein are egg whites or eggs, low-fat or non-fat milk and yogurt, beans, and lean meat, such as Canadian bacon or ham. Good sources of fiber are whole grain cereals and oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and fruit.

Here are some dining-hall-friendly ideas for a breakfast of champions.

  • Oatmeal with berries
  • Egg white, spinach, and tomato omelet
  • Scrambled egg whites and whole wheat toast
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Yogurt and fruit

By Nora Patwell

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