On Your Mark, Get Set… Breakfast
Similar to how our cars need fuel to drive, our bodies require fuel to function. When we first wake up in the morning, we may be running on fumes from the previous day. Breakfast helps provide the energy we need to work efficiently and get through the day without any break downs. Unfortunately, some college students skip breakfast for numerous reasons. Read below to find out some ways you can easily incorporate breakfast into your daily routine.
Don’t let detours steer you away from obtaining the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.
Stop Sign: I don’t have time to STOP and eat breakfast.
The dining halls can help in your efforts to eat on the run. They offer take-out breakfast options every Monday through Friday where you can enjoy whole-wheat bagels and cereals, fresh fruit and non-fat milk. Exact menus and hours of breakfast take-out can be found at the Rutgers Dining Services website: food.rutgers.edu.
Speed Bump: I am not hungry when I wake up in the morning.
If the thought of breakfast churns your stomach, give yourself time to become fully awake before eating. Try getting yourself ready for the day and make breakfast the final stop along your trip.
Wrong Way: I am watching my weight.
A common misconception is that eating breakfast adds extra calories to your diet, which may induce weight gain. In reality, eating a healthy breakfast may boost your metabolism, preventing future weight gain. The Dietary Guidelines suggest consuming a breakfast of hot oatmeal or whole grain cereal with non-fat milk or yogurt and fruit is a healthy way start the day. Traveling light doesn’t mean skipping breakfast; instead eat things that won’t weight you down.
Green Means Go:
A well-balanced breakfast may also pave the way for better academic and cognitive performances. Remember, there are a variety of healthy breakfast options in the dining hall such as high fiber cereals and egg white omelets with vegetables.
Fuel up for the fast lane by eating breakfast daily
Revised By: Morgan Blonder Reviewed By: Mrs. Worobey– Department of Nutritional Sciences
References: IFICF, Breakfast and Health. Available at: http://www.foodinsight.org/Content/6/IFIC%20Brkfast%20Review%20FINAL.pdf Accessed on: February 13th, 2012.
B. Dutra, M. Agel, K. Arnold., M. Vineis, D. Hoffman, P. Policastro. Breakfast Consumption and Body Mass Index of College Students. New Jersey Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, New Brunswick, NJ, 2011.