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The College Breakfast

February 19, 2011

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

This notion has been ingrained in everyone’s brains, either by our parents as they shove a NutriGrain bar in our hands, or by our seventh grade health teachers when they actually focused on a subject in class that didn’t make everyone squirm.

But, when mom isn’t around, and you are long past feeling awkward about those lessons in 7th grade health class, breakfast seems unnecessary and it is often neglected. Not to mention, most options for breakfast on college campuses are unhealthy or laden with carbs.

So, as college students, should we just give up on breakfast all together? Luckily, thanks to new health regulations and Government-backed programs, fast food places are creating new, healthy alternatives to the muffin, bagel, or greasy breakfast sandwich. Fast food restaurants seem to be plentiful near college campuses, making these healthy alternatives easily accessible and cheap.



Instead of: Breakfast Burrito

Choose This: Starbucks Egg White, Spinach, and Feta Wheat Wrap

No matter if you attend school in Connecticut or Alaska, there is a high chance that there is a Starbucks relatively close to your college campus. The coffee chain has recently introduced several healthy breakfast options that are excellent alternatives to the greasy sandwich. This wrap is low in calories and fat and with the combination of protein and complex carbohydrates makes it satisfying as well.




Instead of: Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich

Choose this: Subway Western Egg and Cheese on English Muffin

That mouth-watering combination of meat, egg and cheese is unbeatable. But, it can be coated in grease and sandwiched between a buttery croissant. The Subway version of the classic greasy combines Ham, cheese, and egg whites on a wheat english muffin, and is equally as appetizing. With only 4 grams of fat and under 200 calories, the nutritional value is satisfying as well!



Instead of: Cereal

Choose this: McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

Now, there is nothing wrong with cereal if it is made with whole grains and partnered with skim milk. However, cereal doesn’t always keep you full, and after a couple of classes your stomach may be grumbling for more food. Hot oatmeal sticks in the stomach for longer, and the McDonald’s version has dried cranberries, raisins, apples to add antioxidants to your meal. Oatmeal, as long as it is low in sugar, can be a healthy pick and is readily accessible in many college dining halls.

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