Hello everyone! I hope that everyone is staying healthy while powering through this spring semester. One of the best and easiest ways to stay healthy is by eating a nutritious breakfast. While you may not believe that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day,’ it is actually true! Having a healthy and fulfilling breakfast is super important because it provides a bulk of the energy, vitamins, and minerals needed to fuel our activities throughout the day. Eating breakfast is also known to reduce the risk of disease, boost brain power, increase physical activity levels, and aid in getting a good night’s sleep.
Yet, recently more and more college students are choosing to regularly skip breakfast, whether that be due to time constraints or the lack of resources to cook a healthy breakfast. Luckily, there are several options to choose from when thinking about what to make for yourself in the morning.
For those on a time crunch, the best option is to make a nutritious smoothie! Smoothies contain a wide variety of fruits, dairy, and protein products that provide hydration, energy, and nutrients that are important for our health. Most college dorms do not have room to hold several appliances, so I recommend this personal blender that allows you to make smoothies on the go without compromising on space and efficiency.
Smoothies need to have a liquid base for a smooth and watery consistency. For optimal hydration, I would recommend using coconut water or 100% fresh juice as your smoothie base. For a creamier smoothie, I would recommend low-fat milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. And for an antioxidant boost, add chilled green tea to your smoothie. I would also add two tablespoons of either plain or flavored yogurt to thicken your smoothie and score some natural probiotics. Just remember to steer clear of added sugars as much as possible to maximize the healthiness of your smoothie.
Now, this is the fun part! Add in as many fruits as you’d like, and experiment with the flavors when making different fruit combinations in your smoothies. One of my favorite fruit combinations is bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Another one is a mix of pineapples, peaches, and strawberries. This part is entirely up to you, and either fresh fruits or frozen fruits work to give a natural and tasty drink!
To make your smoothie even healthier, I would recommend adding some extra boosts. Some individuals like to add protein powder, flaxseed powder, and other nutritional supplements to increase their protein and fiber intake through their breakfast smoothie. Natural additives include oatmeal, cinnamon, ginger, honey, and nuts, all of which have immense health benefits and add flavor to your smoothie. Additives are completely optional, but are definitely a great option to get a more nutritious and fulfilling breakfast!
Making breakfast smoothies are an efficient way for college students to get a nutrition-packed breakfast in less than five minutes! For those looking for a little more luxury during their morning meals, here are some recipes for whole wheat pancakes, a veggie-packed frittata, and make-ahead blueberry oatmeal breakfast cookies. Whatever you decide to make for breakfast, it is important to nourish your body so that you can be active and fresh throughout the day. Happy breakfasting!
- Nabeeha Hasan