The best back-to-school breakfast ideas

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Fruits can provide an excellent source of carbohydrates that give us energy. Just be sure to eat the real deal, and avoid drinking fruit juice, which often has too much sugar.

Now that the school year is finally here, mornings once reserved for beauty sleep are filled with hurried preparations for class. With all the early bird hustling and bustling, who has time to scarf down a proper breakfast? Surely not you… right? Actually, getting a proper back-to-school breakfast is not as hard as it seems, and it can become a healthy habit if you start right now!

There are essentially two main components a decent breakfast should contain: carbohydrates and protein. Carbohydrates are complex chains of sugars, and they are one of the body’s three main sources of energy. It takes the digestive system some time to break down the long chains and extract the energy from carbohydrates, which results in a steady supply of energy.

If you want to add even more bulk to your breakfast meal, make sure you’re eating fiber, which is an indigestible carbohydrate that helps you feel fuller for a longer period of time. That means no embarrassing stomach growling in the middle of lecture! Some simple sources of carbohydrates include whole grain toast, high fiber cereal, bananas and other fruits, and plain oatmeal.

The second important element of a speedy back-to-school breakfast is protein – a macromolecule that provides the body with energy and materials to maintain important biological reactions. Whoa, that’s a mouthful… literally. See, proteins keep our bodies feeling fuller for a longer period of time, so your attention will be diverted away from eating and focused more on class. Great sources of protein that are low in fat and time-friendly include Greek yogurt (which also supports gut bacteria!), hardboiled eggs, and peanut butter.

You can get creative with the different carbohydrate and protein options by using simple combinations like toast with a peanut butter spread, or a colorful fruit bowl with delicious Greek yogurt dip on the side! When it comes to washing down the morning meal, you may want to pass on the fruit juice; these seemingly healthy beverage options may contain real fruit, but they are more loaded with sugar than you might think. Instead, opt for a protein-filled glass of milk and enjoy your commute to school.

Just be sure to wipe away any and all traces of that milk mustache!