Healthy, Hearty Breakfasts
Morning meals that will keep you full until lunch.
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: September 3rd, 2012
Instead of a quick bowl of cereal, toaster pastry, or toast, try one of these options.
chool's back in session, both for the kids and college students alike, and with that means the perpetual struggle of making it from 7 or 8 a.m. to lunchtime without annoying the whole classroom with a grumbly stomach. While it may seem nearly impossible to make it to noon, it's not—it's actually pretty easy, the foods consumed just need to be complex. That means no Pop-Tarts, no Corn Flakes, and no flimsy, void-of-nutrients "granola" bars. Instead, try these healthy, hearty options for a breakfast that will keep you full.
Different from regular yogurt because it's been strained and is thicker than what you're used to, and thanks to the lower water content, it's higher in protein and lower in calories (if you buy the no-fat versions, especially). There are a handful of brands that market Greek yogurt nowadays, and you're bound to find a flavor or two you like. Customize it, too—mix in your favorite sweetener (honey, maple syrup), fruit (strawberries, blueberries), granola, or jam.
Fortified Breakfast Bars
In other words, things like Clif of Luna bars. Luna bars are marketed more towards women, and these types of bars are better suited for adults, not kids, so they're great for the busy college student. They're high in protein and low in fat, so they'll keep you feeling full for hours.
Steel cut oats typically deliver more protein than traditional rolled oats. They still have their outer "shell," called the bran. They take a bit longer to cook than rolled oats, but are popular for their rich, nutty flavor and chewier-than-regular-oatmeal texture. It lends itself well to toppings, too, like brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon, or your favorite combination.
We know what you're thinking—who has time for waffles in the morning? But this is simpler than making them from scratch, and we don't mean just popping one in the toaster and dousing it with syrup. For this to last you til lunch, toast a waffle, then top with your favorite nut butter (we like almond) and sliced bananas. The added protein from the almond butter and the extra boost of energy from the banana will help you stave off hunger pangs.
Quiches for one are another easy thing to have for breakfast. Line muffin cups with pie crust, then fill with scrambled (but raw) eggs. Mix in your favorite veggies, meats, or cheeses in the cups, then bake until the egg is set. The combination of protein from the eggs, carbohydrates from the crust, and vitamins from your mix-ins will keep you full til your next meal.