Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Balanced Breakfast

Balanced Breakfasts are hard in the first place, but try it at college…I have 8 am classes every day of the week, and I have to wake up at 6:30 in the morning for showering. If I ate breakfast at the cafeteria, I would have to wake up even earlier.  I know 30 minutes in the morning might not seem like a lot, but it really is  a lot with the lack of sleep I already get. Besides the option of eating in the cafeteria, I could also buy food and eat it in my room before class. This option is the better of the two, I think, because less time is needed to consume it, but it can be expensive. My aunt took me last week to buy fruit and other healthy foods at Wal-Mart. I bought a variety pack of fruit, consisting of five apples and three oranges. It cost $8, which I think is a lot. So, even if I do decide to be smart and buy food for breakfast, it will not be very cheap. And when it comes to college, cheap is important.

Torie Nicholas

  1. Torie,
    Ouch! That does sound expensive. I thought Wal-Mart was supposed to be cheaper.
    Is there a local farmers market nearby? They may have fresh produce that is cheaper, fresher, and better tasting.
    Can you hard boil a bunch of eggs and keep them in the refrigerator so you have some protein too? Protein is brain food. I don’t think fruit alone qualifies as breakfast.
    What about some high fiber / low sugar granola bars and low fat milk? Maybe you can eat a granola bar on your way to class?
    Hopefully, you have some refrigeration?

    I enjoy your posts and appreciate you sharing your challenges with us.

  2. What a cute post! Kids always have the same excuses. Honey, why do you need 90 minutes to shower, dress and get to class? Get a morning routine established, choose clothes the night before, pack your backpack the night before, etc. And if you think you’re busy and sleep deprived now, just wait until you’re a full-fledged adult with a home, a job and a commute. Get organized and get to the dining hall for breakfast – I bet they have fruit that you can take with you to class. And I also bet that you ( or someone) has paid for a meal plan so that fruit won’t cost you. Time to grow up, sweetie. Do it now and you’ll establish good habits that will make the rest of your life much easier.

  3. $8.00!!! I guess I should have looked at the price tag. (I’m her “Aunt Mary”). What is the old saying “Love is blind.” I trusted Wal-Mart and I got burned. Torie, after this last week with Wall Street, I’ll be shopping a little more wisely now. Ouch.

  4. I have a 10 minute breakfast in a blender that I take in a plastic beer cup to work. I got whey protein powder & a nutrition powder from an acupuncturist. It needs to be purchased through some kind of holistic practioner – the brand is SP. It cost $100 for both, but so far it has lasted a couple of months & I still have a lot left. I blend it with ice & frozen juice and/or fruit (fresh if I have it) and half a banana. It holds me for at least 4 hours. I never thought a drink would & I was skeptical. You might find something over the counter at a health food store that would work. The trick is the protein and whey protein is supposedly better than soy. You could also buy some of those protein bars for a grab & go with a piece of fruit. Getting organized the night before is a nice concept, but I’ve never been able to do it and I’ve been a “grown up” for a couple of decades. It’s how you are wired. I can be ready in 30 minutes or 200 minutes depending on how much time I have. I do get it. Next semester look for classes that start later 😉 !!

  5. Those are all some very good ideas. But in regards to taking so long to get ready in the morning, yes, it is my choice for it to take so long. This is because I take a shower, blow dry my hair, and straighten it so I look presentable for class. Most college students just roll out of bed, but I choose to get ready first. That was a very good idea though to pack my bag the night before and lay out clothes, and I do follow that, I have been for years. I am a very organized person, I just usually have a lot to do. The last reason I wake up so early in the morning is because even after I am ready, my first class is all the way across campus, and takes me over 15 minutes to get there. Since the walk, I end up having to leave my dorm by 7:30 so I can be a little early for class. But yes, trying a granola bar in the morning is a very good idea, and quick.

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