What's the big deal about breakfast?
Do you get up as soon as your alarm rings and eat breakfast before school every morning? Or do you hit the snooze button a few times before rolling out of bed and rushing off to school with no breakfast? If the second choice accurately describes your morning routine, you're in good company! Who really wants to get out of bed and eat breakfast when you could be getting more rest by sleeping an extra twenty minutes?
As it turns out, sleeping in and skipping breakfast will probably leave you more tired during school than waking up a bit earlier and making sure you eat. That morning munchfest is totally essential for energy ? and this is especially key leading up to a test.
Why? When you eat food in the morning, you're giving your body the necessary vitamins and minerals that affect the way you concentrate, the way you absorb information, and the way you function in class. Think of it this way: it's pretty tough to learn the dates of the Civil War when your eyes droop closed and you can't focus on the blackboard. It's also hard to remember that timeline when your mind wanders into daydream mode constantly. And it's even more difficult to get a good grade on a test when you're asleep during it!
So turn off your alarm on the first buzz and dig into the breakfast of academic champions every morning. It'll boost your memory skills, you'll be more alert, and it could translate into test success. You have to actually study too, but having breakfast definitely helps!
A Week's Worth of Ideas for Morning Meals Leading Up to Test Day
Monday: Cheerios with a banana sliced up. Stick to low sugar cereals, like Cheerios or Crispix, and add some fruit to naturally sweeten it. Cereal is filling, easy to make, and tastes good ? the perfect way to start the week.
Tuesday: Scrambled eggs with wheat toast. Eggs are a good source of protein, and with a slice of toast, you'll have a combination of nutrients that will give you extra oomph all morning.
Wednesday: Whole-wheat bagel with jelly or cream cheese. Multi-grain or whole-wheat bagels are more nutritious than plain white ones, and a tablespoon of jelly or cream cheese is a better choice than heavy butter. Plus, bagels are great for an on-the-go breakfast if you're in a rush to get to school for extra studying.
Thursday: Yogurt with granola. Get a big dose of calcium from the yogurt, and put granola on top for a satisfying crunch. Almost as satisfying as reviewing for the test and knowing all the answers!
Friday: Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon. Oatmeal is truly a winner ? it has a mix of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates, which will keep you energized and alert during the test. Sprinkle your oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar or cinnamon to make it sweeter; better yet, add some fresh berries! After all, it's Friday, and you deserve a treat for preparing yourself so well.
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