In high school, my classes started right at 8 am. I drove to school around 7:30 each morning with my younger brother, meaning typically I was awake between 6:30 and 7. My first semester of freshman year, I was fairly lucky in having only two days a week that started with a class at 8:30. I had more time to stay up at night, sleep in longer, and not feel as rushed when getting ready for my day. Second semester was a whole nother story. Four out of my five days started with an 8:30, with two of the days starting with a nice (typically cold) 15 minute walk to class. I soon found that I no longer had the luxury of getting to sleep in, mozy on over to the dining hall across the street, and take my sweet time in the morning.
This semester, I was also VERY determined to start eating a healthier diet. So long ramen noodles – you will NOT be missed! All through my life, I was able to eat whatever I wanted without gaining a pound and college was helping me start to realize that this was not always going to be the case. I decided to start shopping at different health food stores and grocers in the area to stock up our make-shift kitchen in my dorm room with more fruits and veggies than I did first semester. I decided to actually start trying some of the recipes I had pinned so long ago on Pinterest for healthy and easy meals to make for busy college students. After two months, some trial and error, and a decent amount of trips to the grocery store I figured out some of the best and quickest meals for the mornings where I’m so stressed and crunched for time.
I’ll be honest, I’m not always whipping up Pinterest recipes before class, some mornings it’s a Kind bar (my favorite currently is Dark Chocolate Chunk) and a water bottle, others it’s a prepackaged fruit and nut mix with some juice. But, that leads me to my first tip. Keep a couple little bottles of juice or some premade smoothies in your fridges, they’re the perfect fix for a really on the go morning, and give your body some of the sugars it needs to kick start the day.
I had brought a TON of oats with me to college as a fix for rushed mornings like these, however, if I was really crunched for time, making a hot bowl didn’t always seem like the smartest option. This first recipe is so sweet and a perfect breakfast snack to go. I recommend making these the night before, as they need to sit in the fridge for at least two hours, so when morning comes, you can just grab it and go! No-Bake Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Energy Bites are about to become a fan favorite for any college student.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- ⅛ cup of your favorite nut butter
- ⅛ cup of honey
- 1 ½ tablespoons of miniature chocolate chips
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Mash up the banana in a bowl. The original recipe calls for a mixing bowl, but I’m pretty sure that 99% of college freshman didn’t pack a large mixing bowl to fit in their dorm.
- Add in the oats, your choice nut butter, honey, mini chocolate chips and cinnamon. Stir to the point where all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
- Scoop about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a small ball shape.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, allowing the oats enough time to soften. This was the main reason, I highly suggest making them the night before.
- Store the energy bites in the refrigerator.
- Enjoy them on your walk to class or work.
My second recipe is for those who have a bit more time to spare and want to incorporate some protein into their breakfast. I’m talking about the less than ten minute omelet! (The real recipe says that it takes two minutes, but I’m a slow poke in the early hours of the morning.) This meal always leaves me feeling so full and ready to tackle the day ahead!
- 2 eggs
- 4 mini peppers
- Olive Oil/Cooking Spray
- Salt and Pepper
- Optional: Cheese, Avocado, or Bacon Bits
- Lightly coat bowl or mug with olive oil or cooking spray
- Add eggs and whisk with a fork.
- Add diced peppers, salt, and pepper. Mix till all ingredients are thoroughly whisked together. This is when, if you choose to add cheese or bacon bits, you would mix them in.
- Microwave on high for one minute. Then, stir and break up any large chunks of egg. I also scraped the sides of the bowl/mug with my fork to make sure nothing is sticking too badly.
- Cook for another 45 to 60 seconds or until eggs are fully cooked.
- You can choose to finish it with a bit more cheese, avocado, bacon, salt, or pepper.
I know college can be stressful, but hopefully these two quick, healthy, and simple recipes make your mornings a little less rushed. Breakfast is the most important meal of a day (especially for college kids, in my opinion) and these quick fixes have always left me feeling full without feeling like I overate and give me the energy I need to get through my morning classes.