Now that you’re well settled into your new student digs and you’re already starting to adjust to the student lifestyle, it’s time to start thinking about your diet! Your new hectic routine could put a strain on your body over time, but here’s plenty you can do to help your body through these busy times to keep yourself well during your studies. Wholegrains can provide you with plenty of fibre and slow release energy that will give you that additional helping hand that you’re going to need during university, particularly when it comes to starting the day right! If you want to make the most of your social life at university, keeping on top of your studies and maintain your wellness should be at the forefront of your mind.  A hearty, whole grain breakfast is the way to go. Find out more about why whole grains are one of the best sources of fibre here. Not only are whole grains really good for you, from oats to granary toast they’re also super quick and simple to prepare - the perfect wake up call for students rushing to lectures and workshops in the morning! To get you started, we’ve provided a number of quick and easy student breakfasts, each of which contain a healthy wholegrain for you to enjoy. Not only that, each of these healthy breakfasts can be prepared on a student budget.

Healthy, whole grain breakfasts on a student budget

Layered oats, yoghurt and fruit

Not only does this breakfast give you wholegrain goodness, it’s also really quick and cheap to make! If you’re prepping this breakfast right before eating it, start by lightly toasting 40g of oats in a dry frying pan for a minute or so, until golden. In a bowl, mix together 6 tablespoons of greek yoghurt and 2 teaspoons of honey then halve the mix into two bowls ready for serving. Add a handful of your favourite fruit (blueberries work especially well) then scatter any remaining toasted oats on top. You can add layers to this breakfast simply by repeating the process until all your ingredients are in one bowl together. Top tip: If you’re really short on time in the morning, you can make this breakfast the night before! Leave the toasting out of the process this time and instead, simply add all of the ingredients (frozen fruit works best) to an airtight jar and leave in the fridge overnight, ready for the morning rush. Just give it a stir and enjoy your tasty overnight oats on the go!

Chocolate & vanilla shake for the sweet tooth

Chocolate milkshakes don’t have to be unhealthy and this breakfast version contains fortified whole wheat cereal that is made using whole grains! If you’re a chocolate fanatic then this is the perfect, guilt-free way to start your day. Take 2 whole wheat cereal biscuits, 100g of plain yoghurt, 200ml of semi-skimmed milk, 1 teaspoon of cocoa, vanilla extract and some ice. Add the ingredients to a blender or smoothie maker and blitz until smooth.  If you feel the consistency is too thick, you can add a dash of water. Serve up in a glass and voila - it’s that simple to get your whole grain fix!

Warming maple & cinnamon quinoa

The autumnal weather is slowly creeping in and many of you are probably looking for a wholesome and warming start to the day, ready for stepping out into the cold. We’ve got you covered, with this warming and soothing bowl of sweet & spiced quinoa - a healthy whole grain that doesn’t cost the earth. This recipe from Lauren’s Latest will give you 2 servings of this warm bowl of goodness. Thoroughly rinse 50g of quinoa in water then drain. Measure out 225 ml of cold water and add the quinoa to it, along with 1 teaspoon of butter and ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon. Microwave for 4 minutes, then take out, stir and microwave again for 2-3 minutes more. Cover the quinoa with foil and leave for 2-3 minutes to take in all the excess liquid. Use a fork to fluff the quinoa like you would with couscous, then split into two bowls, add a splash of milk, a drizzle of maple syrup and maybe top with some banana slices, too!

The old classic - peanut butter toast

Peanut butter on toast be one of the quickest and cheapest ways to get a healthy start to the day.  Make sure to use whole grain, brown, granary or rye bread and match with a good quality peanut butter without added sugar, salt or palm oil. Two thin or medium slices of bread, with a moderate amount of peanut butter, plus maybe some fresh fruit will provide you with the perfect blend of slow release carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat.  

Helpful hacks to make your breakfast prep quick and cheap

We understand that you‚Äôll have plenty of other things that will take priority over preparing a healthy breakfast everyday, especially when you‚Äôre coming up to exams. That being said, a healthy, wholegrain breakfast is a vital part of feeling fantastic throughout your days at university and so to help, we‚Äôve offered up some helpful hacks to stop breakfast feeling like a chore:  
  1. Make a weekly meal plan when you have a spare 10 minutes - this will help to make your food shop a lot quicker, simpler and cheaper!
  2. Use Sunday evenings for breakfast prep - Sunday evenings are probably going to be your quietest, especially after a busy Friday and Saturday night, so make the most of this time and prepare all your breakfasts for the following week.
  3. Use My Supermarket to budget your breakfasts - This nifty supermarket comparison site tells you to cost of each ingredient at each supermarket, which could help you to save around 30% each time you shop!
  4. Get your housemates involved - Not only can this cut the cost of your breakfast shop, it might also encourage you to make time for a healthy breakfast, too. You could even take it in turns to cook breakfast for each other and live in a happy, healthy house together!
Enjoying a healthy breakfast at university doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. With a little planning, preparation and consideration for your whole grain breakfasts, you’re bound to set yourself up for a great day, every day. Why not take a look at our Wellness Score tool? Designed to point you in the right direction, the Wellness Score will ask you some really simple questions about your lifestyle and eating habits and suggest some handy tips and ideas for keeping yourself well. Click on the banner below to visit the Wellness Score tool.
Alexandra Phillips

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