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CatAppetite: Healthy College Breakfast Ideas

Mornings in college can be a whirlwind, but starting one’s day with a nutritious breakfast sets the tone for success. Whether someone is making it in their dorm room, a college apartment or grabbing ingredients from the dining hall, below are some fantastic breakfast ideas that will give you the fuel you need to power through classes and all the other things college students have on their plates.

  1. Avocado Toast with a Twist 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. 1 slice sourdough bread 
  2. 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 
  3. 1 teaspoon honey 
  4. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  5. ½ medium avocado 
  6. Flaky salt 
  • Instructions: 
  1. Toast the bread to your liking. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. 
  3. Spread the yogurt mixture on the toasted bread. 
  4. Slice the avocado and place it on top of the yogurt mixture. 
  5. Sprinkle flaky salt on top for added flavor. 
  6. Peach Pie Yogurt Bowl 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. 1 sliced peach 
  2. 1 single-serving container of Greek yogurt 
  3. 1 tbsp of almond butter (or any nut or sunbutter of your choosing) 
  4. Cinnamon 
  • Instructions: 
  1. Slice the peach and place it in a container with the yogurt. 
  2. Drizzle almond butter. 
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  4. Cottage Cheese and Fruit 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. Cottage cheese 
  2. Fruit: Cut-up banana, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. 
  3. Nuts: Almonds or cashews. 
  4. Raspberry Peanut Butter Overnight Oats 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. ½ cup oats 
  2. ½ cup milk 
  3. 1 tablespoon peanut butter 
  4. ½ cup raspberries 
  5. Cinnamon 
  • Instructions: 
  1. In a jar, combine oats, milk, peanut butter, raspberries and cinnamon. 2. Stir well, cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  2. Enjoy it cold or heat in the microwave before eating. 
  3. Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. 1 ripe banana 
  2. 2 eggs 
  3. Butter or oil for cooking 
  4. Optional toppings: maple syrup, jam, powdered sugar, etc.
  • Instructions: 
  1. Mash the banana in a bowl. 
  2. Add beaten eggs to the mashed banana and mix well. 
  3. Heat butter or oil in a pan over medium heat. 
  4. Pour small portions of the batter into the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. 
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings. 
  6. Broccoli Frittata
  • Ingredients: 
  1. 2 eggs 
  2. ½ cup broccoli 
  3. ⅓ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  4. ½ yellow onion 
  5. Salt to taste 
  • Instructions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). 
  2. In a skillet, sauté chopped broccoli and onion until tender. 
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs, then stir in cheese and cooked vegetables. 
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set and golden brown. 
  5. Forest Fruit Chia Pudding 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. ½ tbsp chia seeds 
  2. ½ ripe banana 
  3. Handful of berries 
  4. ½ cup plant-based milk 
  5. 2 tablespoons of yogurt 
  6. ⅓ cup of frozen forest fruit, thawed 
  7. Sliced almonds
  • Instructions: 
  1. In a bowl, mash the banana and berries with a fork. 
  2. Add chia seeds and plant-based milk and mix well, until no lumps are left. 
  3. Serve in a jar, layered with yogurt and thawed forest fruit. 
  4. Top with a few slices of almonds and fruit.
  5. Peanut Butter, Blueberry & Oat Energy Squares 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter 
  2. ½ cup pure maple syrup 
  3. 2 cups rolled oats 
  4. ½ cup dried blueberries 
  5. ½ cup chopped pistachios 
  6. ½ teaspoon salt
  • Instructions: 
  1. Mix peanut butter and maple syrup in a large bowl. 
  2. Stir in oats, blueberries, pistachios and salt until well-combined. 
  3. Press the mixture into a lined baking pan and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
  4. Cut into squares before serving. 
  5. Pesto, Mozzarella & Egg Breakfast Sandwich 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. 1 whole-wheat English muffin 
  2. 1 large egg 
  3. 3 tablespoons chopped roasted red pepper 
  4. 1 teaspoon prepared pesto 
  5. 1 thinly-sliced, fresh mozzarella cheese 
  • Instructions: 
  1. Toast the English muffin. 
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine beaten egg and roasted red pepper. Microwave until the egg is set. 
  3. Spread pesto on one half of the English muffin, then layer with mozzarella cheese and the cooked egg. 
  4. Top with the other half of the English muffin to make a sandwich. 
  5. Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie 
  • Ingredients: 
  1. 2 cups frozen sliced bananas 
  2. 2 cups frozen whole strawberries 
  3. 4 cups fresh spinach 
  4. 4 teaspoons chia seeds 
  5. 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder 
  6. ½ cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • Instructions: 
  1. In a blender, combine frozen bananas, strawberries, spinach, chia seeds, protein powder and almond milk. 
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. 
  3. Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately.


These breakfast ideas are not only healthy and easy to make but also delicious and satisfying. So, whether someone is rushing off to class, treating their roommates to breakfast in bed or just looking for something new to spice up the morning, give these recipes a try and start the day off right.

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