Quick, Healthy Breakfasts for Back-to-School
By Paul Rothbart
When the time of year to head back to school comes along, students everywhere are planning to get off to a good start in the new school year. Supplies, preparation, and adjusting to a weekday school schedule are key aspects of planning. An often overlooked, but equally important part of getting off to a good start is eating a healthy breakfast each day. Numerous studies have demonstrated the advantages to learning and school success that are linked to a nutritious, morning meal. Many students feel rushed when trying to get to school on time and feel there's no time for a healthy meal. But there are healthy breakfasts you can make that won't take up much of your precious time.
The concept of a popsicle for breakfast may seem a little ridiculous. Fast, yes, but healthy? Yes, depending on what you make them from. Try using yogurt, granola, and your favorite fruit. You can make up a batch and freeze them on the weekend. Then you can just grab one each weekday morning for a healthy, pre-made breakfast that's easy to eat.
A loaf of banana bread is something you can bake ahead of time and then grab a slice or two each morning. Substitute unsweetened applesauce for oil or butter and honey for sugar and make it as healthy as it is delicious. You can spread some peanut butter on your slices for much-needed protein. Fast, tasty, and nutritious.
Toast can be filling and is very fast and easy to prepare. Whole-grain bread is healthier than white bread, but using butter or jelly as a spread is not so healthy. Spread your toast with creamy avocado. You can peel and slice it the night before and store it in the refrigerator. Avocado is a healthy fruit that contains fiber and monounsaturated fats. You can drizzle olive oil or lemon juice on your toast or season it with salt or red pepper flakes.
Another nutritious and easy-to-eat breakfast you can make ahead of time is a healthy parfait. You can make several on the weekend to have breakfast for the entire week. Create layers using yogurt, almond or peanut butter, honey, and your favorite fruits and nuts. You can get all of the nutrition you need in one parfait while you enjoy the blend of flavors.
Heading back to school involves a change from your carefree summer lifestyle. One of the most important things to remember is to eat a healthy breakfast each day. It doesn't have to be time-consuming. Try some of these ideas for a healthy breakfast that is fast to make and to eat.
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