The Breakfast Club

Lora Pippin, Staff Writer

We all hear the same old same old about state test days every year. Go to sleep early the night before and eat a healthy breakfast.  Grabbing a quick cereal bar chocked-full of sugar is not the answer.

Carbohydrates and sugars may be a quick fix in jump starting your metabolism, but they will just as quickly wear off, leaving you tired and hungry. So much for getting you through a 4+ hour test when your blood sugar comes crashing down.

The key to silencing that growling stomach on test days is to trick it into feeling fuller longer. Protein and fiber rich foods can do just that. Some such foods include

-Whole Grain Bread

– Nuts & Raisins

-Oatmeal

-Fat Free Milk

-Protein Powder (Whey)

-Beans

-Pears, Apples, Raspberries

-High fiber Cereals

-Lean Meats

-Non-fat Yogurt

 

Here are some quick recipes to satisfy your hunger and last through testing:

  1. Fruit Smoothie -made with fat free milk, protein powder, non-fat yogurt, fruit and ice.

 

  1. Turkey Bacon and Egg Omelet- made with low-fat cheese and whole grain bead

 

  1. Greek Yogurt- top with nuts and fruit such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries

 

  1. Whole Grain Cereal- Fruit Loops and Cinnamon Toast Crunch do not count. Cereals like Wheat Checks, Kashi Go Lean Original, and Barbara’s Bakery High Fiber Cranberry are mouthfuls of goodness.

Short on time? Simply grab a handful of nuts, such as unsalted almonds and walnuts, or a classic peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread.

If fast food is your only option, try to make healthy choices. Think protein, protein, protein. McDonalds offers an Egg McMuffin and fruit and yogurt parfait. Sonic offers a breakfast burrito and grilled chicken wrap. Whataburger offers a taquito (no cheese) and a chicken fajita taco.

For other healthy ideas for a wholesome breakfast visit http://www.eatingwell.com/