Feel like you have no energy in the morning? Switch up your breakfast!

It can be rather difficult to have enough energy to prepare a healthy and balanced breakfast in the morning, especially after a long night of studying. I have been there! Through my three years of high school thus far, I have learned a variety of quick, simple, and delicious recipes for those dreadful mornings.

Eating an efficient breakfast in the morning is vital. A lot of people struggle with the idea of eating first thing in the morning, especially if you are waking up late and rushing to school every day. However, when you wake up in the morning, your blood sugar–that the body needs to make your muscles and brain strong–is usually low. Breakfast helps to replenish it and allows your body to break the fast that your body has been enduring throughout the night.

These healthy breakfast ideas will help you save time, money, and will reduce the stress of scrambling a meal together in the mornings. One of my personal favorites is avocado toast with tomato and “everything but the bagel” seasoning. If you like eggs, you can also add a hard-boiled egg on top! Avocados are a great source of fat and fiber.

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Next, greek yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit is also a delicious choice. Greek yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein, which will keep you fuller for longer. According to the American Society for Nutrition, “a study comparing breakfast eaters to breakfast skippers found that those who ate breakfast had a decrease in appetite, improvement in healthy food choices and improved sleep quality.” Greek yogurt also contains a solid amount of probiotics, which are necessary for digestion and immune health.

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If you aren’t a fan of yogurt but still want to reap the benefits, a fruit and yogurt smoothie is another great option. I personally like to use ripe bananas for sweetness, frozen strawberries, greek yogurt, and almond milk. There are an infinite amount of combinations for smoothies and protein shakes so you’ll never get bored; plus they’re really quick and easy to make for busy mornings. For added protein, try adding peanut butter.

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If you’re worried about not having enough time to make your breakfast in the morning, prepare all of the ingredients the night before. This way, you are able to catch more sleep and have a balanced breakfast ready for you in the morning! It is so important for us to fuel our bodies with healthy foods so we can build energy for the day ahead. In a time like this as well, we need to be eating healthy to fight off viruses and to build our immune systems.