It’s quite common for people to gain weight whilst at university, known as the “Freshman 15” in the US for example. Fortunately, I was able to avoid this and have actually learned a lot about fitness and nutrition whilst studying. As I’m now back in Exeter for my final year, I thought it would be appropriate to start a “Student Series” of blog posts.
This first one will be all about what is obviously my favourite meal of the day; breakfast. Whilst on the weekend I am a huge fan of protein pancakes, acai bowls and poached eggs, during the week I like to keep it simple and quick.
One of my go-to breakfasts is obviously oats and I wrote a whole blog post about ways to Pimp Your Porridge. However, versatility is key to sustaining a healthy lifestyle, so here are my other top 3 favourite combinations:
- Coconut fried banana with greek yogurt and seeds: Simply heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a frying pan and cook a sliced banana until it begins to soften and brown slightly. Add the banana to around 200g of greek yogurt and top with a sprinkling of seeds. You can even toast the seeds in the microwave for some extra crunch. A light, but perfectly balanced meal, with healthy fats from the coconut oil, carbohydrates from the banana and the seeds are a good source of protein, particularly if you’re vegan or vegetarian.
- Banana and peanut butter on wholewheat toast: A classic combination that never fails to impress. This is more substantial than the above option, as it includes an additional carbohydrate source in the form of the wholewheat bread, making it a particularly great choice post-workout or to fuel for a busy day ahead.
- Granola, yogurt and berries: One of the easiest things to throw together in a hurry. The only thing to watch out for is the added sugar in most store-bought granolas, so always check the label, even seemingly “healthy” brands can have sugar as the first ingredient. My current favourite is the toasted buckwheat muesli from Eat Natural. Rude Health is generally a pretty good choice as well and I often buy their ultimate organic and coconut and chia granolas.
Please leave a comment below of your favourite healthy breakfasts, I would love to get more ideas!