Start Your Day Right

Start Your Day Right
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By Kanako Isobe

As the extended semester is coming to an end; many students are under added stress. Considering the impact of the recent strike, students have more work than ever. Here is one health tip for all students to stay healthy and maintain 100% of their attention to classes during the busiest time of the semester.


When running late to class and with too many things on the go, many students skip breakfast.  Do you know how much of an impact skipping breakfast has when it comes to your concentration and focus?

Studies show that eating breakfast has a high impact on student performance. The Journal of College Biology did research on college students and how eating breakfast affects exam scores; 72.7 per cent of participants who ate breakfast passed their exams. In contrast, only 50.8 per cent of the students who did not eat breakfast passed their exams (Phillips, 2005). 

The health centre of the University of Alberta reported only 12 per cent of Canadians eat a balanced breakfast in the morning. The centre states that eating breakfast can help you stay focused in class and concentrate while studying. It can also help prevent snacking because breakfast satisfies your stomach and mind.

But students don’t always have time to spend making breakfast every morning, right? 

Here are some easy recipes for breakfast options, which can be done within 10 minutes in the morning or night!

Berry Breakfast Bowl/Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 banana, 2 cups of frozen berries, 2 Medjool dates, 1 tablespoon of nut butter (optional)

How to prepare:

Simply place everything into a blender and blend until smooth! Add more fruits, nuts or banana on top when it’s ready to serve.  Or you can simply put it into a jar to go.

Overnight Oats (1 Serving)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of oats, 2/3 cups of almond milk (milk or soy milk would work), 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional), 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or similar sweetener (optional), 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional), add fruits or nuts if you prefer 

How to prepare:

Place all the ingredients in a big bowl and give it all a good stir. Place the bowl in the fridge and allow it to thicken overnight to enjoy in the morning!

Overnight Honey Oats (1 Serving)

Ingredients: 1/2 cups of oats, 2/3 tablespoon of honey, 2/3 cups of almond milk (or milk/soy milk), any frozen fruits or banana (add them when you are ready to eat)

How to prepare:

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Then transfer them into a jar, add air tight lids and store the jars in the fridge overnight.

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