DIY Breakfast: How to Make Your Mornings Brighter

by Molly Scott

Yummm!

Breakfast at Hewitt can get old fast and most Barnard students don’t want to use a meal swipe for breakfast. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s important to have ideas for what you can eat every morning. These breakfast ideas should be not only healthy and filling, but easy to prepare too. Here are some breakfast options that you can make every morning in your suite, dorm room, or quad kitchen:

Easy Parfait Westside has some pretty awesome granola combinations to choose from (or places like Trader Joes and farmers markets around the city usually have yummy granola too). Mix the granola with your favorite plain or vanilla Greek yogurt and add any fruit of your choice. Most people usually stick to berries and strawberries for parfaits, but consider mixing it up! Cutting up apples into small cubes and adding a dash of cinnamon makes for a delicious fall parfait (this parfait makes for an amazing snack too).

Oatmeal with Almonds and Raisins If you like oatmeal (or tea, ramen noodles, etc), you should definitely invest in a water kettle so you can boil water right in your dorm room. Oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast because it will keep you full for hours. Almonds are also a great source of protein and healthy fats. You can use raisins, dried cranberries, or other dried fruits to sweeten up your breakfast too.

Classic Cereal and Milk This simple breakfast combo is so easy to keep right in your dorm and is great for busy mornings because of how fast it is to make. Try to choose healthy cereals that have whole grains or are high in fiber (ex: Cheerios, Special K, Frosted Mini Wheats, Honey Bunches of Oats, etc). Using skim, almond, or soymilk are great ways to keep it healthy.

Great creative by making your own breakfast bars.

Whole Wheat Bagel and Peanut Butter Try buying a package of whole wheat or 7-grain bagels from the grocery store and use them throughout the week. Spread on peanut butter or almond butter and you’ll have the perfect combo of whole grains and protein.

Egg White Omelet This sounds gross, but it’s actually amazing: buy liquid egg whites that come in a carton and store it in the fridge. When you’re ready for an amazing breakfast, pour them on the pan and throw in a bunch of vegetables or cheese. Some good options are spinach, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Breakfast bars are perfect because you can make them on a Sunday and they’ll last you for every morning of the week. They’re pretty simple to make if you have access to an oven. These oatmeal bars also serve as a great snack.

Other Ideas If you’re feeling too lazy to make breakfast yourself but really don’t want to go to Hewitt, take advantage of the other yummy places we have in MoHi. You may have to shell out some of your points or cash, but it’s well worth it! Check out Liz’s Place, Diana Center Café (open at 10am), Starbucks, Nussbaum & Wu, or Uni Café.

Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of 123RF and Yummly.

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