By Catherine Fulton
Are you one of those people who often forget to eat breakfast? The morning rush can be so intense that it becomes a norm not to eat until lunchtime. I am sure that many of you have heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and have let it roll right over your head.
If you are trying to lose weight, don’t assume that skipping breakfast is going to help. It’s not. Studies have proven the opposite, according to Rush University Medical Centre (www.rush.edu).
Here is a cost-effective way to prepare a breakfast that all students should know about; one that is a nutritious, slow-releasing energy that will provide you with a satisfied smile all day, err’day.
I present to you: Overnight oats (budget version).
Why oats? It’s tasty, convenient, quick and cheap! (I buy in 2 kg bulk bags). It is healthy, as it is loaded with dietary fiber and can help lower blood pressure. The best part? It keeps you full until lunch. Remember, prepare this the night before and put it in the fridge so that you are sorted before you even wake up.
Below are a few tried and tested recipes I made myself, and it’s well-suited to any student. (These ones don’t ask for chia seeds or anything fancy; in fact, a lot of them came about from being unable to find anything else).
- Peanut butter oats: 2 tablespoons peanut butter and honey to taste (add pinch of salt). Viola.
2. Mocha flavor: Make a strong mocha drink (coffee and hot chocolate powder, with sugar and milk to taste. Remember, anything goes with this one – even Milo or Horlicks). Stir into cooked oats.
3.Cinnamon and sugar – while oats are hot, stir in a wee bit of butter so that it melts. Add cinnamon and sugar, and you have a pancake that’s not a pancake.
4. Banana honey – slice banana pieces and drizzle with honey. If you have nuts, add those too.
5. Strawberry jam – mix in strawberry jam with lots of milk or yoghurt. It’s like a budget version of strawberries and cream!
TIP: to make it fast, boil the kettle, pour it in your oats and cook for 1 min in microwave. Stir in milk afterwards. It’s very flexible – if you are lactose intolerant, don’t add milk; if you’re gluten intolerant, you can get gluten-free oats. You can combine flavours and make your own by experimenting. Let your imagination run wild!