School is back in session, and your alarm is going off earlier while rehearsals and homework are keeping you up later. As tempting as it may be to hit the snooze button in the morning, it’ll be worth your while to use those extra five minutes to fuel up with the most important meal of the day. Start your morning with one of these quick and easy breakfast ideas. Chock-full of protein and low in fat, these healthy and satisfying recipes will give you the energy you need to get you through to your last class.
Top two whole-wheat waffles with one cup of low-fat Greek yogurt and sliced berries. We love Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole-Wheat Waffles because they toast quickly and are super yummy.
Blend a large frozen banana, one-half cup of low-fat Greek yogurt, one-half cup of skim milk, a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter and a
tablespoon of chocolate syrup.
Tip: When your bananas begin to turn brown, peel them, cut them into quarters and freeze them in a plastic bag. They’ll keep for up to two months.
Top a whole-wheat English muffin with a large scrambled egg, three slices of a Granny Smith apple and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese.
Tip: For an extra-quick scramble, crack an egg into a mug, beat with a fork and microwave for about 45 seconds until set.
Mix one cup of low-fat yogurt with berries and one-half cup of a cereal high in fiber and protein, then drizzle with honey. Try Kashi’s GOLEAN Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble.
Stressed? Call Mom!
We all know the feeling: You’ve been cut at an audition and are devastated—until you hug your mom. Suddenly, you feel much better! But what happens when your mom’s not around? According to a recent study by Seth D. Pollak, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, chatting on the phone with your mom can give you the same comfort as her real-life embrace. So the next time you’re feeling stressed or down in the dumps, phone home.
Hush Your Hiccups
There’s nothing worse than getting the hiccups during a performance. But how do you get rid of them? Try this method by Luc Morris, MD, and colleagues at New York University School of Medicine: Breathe in as deeply as you can and hold it for 10 seconds. Then, without exhaling, breathe in for five more seconds. This will restrict your diaphragm and stop the spasms. Goodbye hiccups!
Did You Know?
A new study conducted at the University of Georgia found that consuming ginger every day could have anti-inflammatory effects, reducing muscle pain caused by strenuous physical activity. Up your daily dose by treating yourself to a cup of ginger tea or adding some fresh ginger to your stir-fry.
Quick Tip: A new study from the University of Essex says that exercising outdoors for just five minutes a day can boost your mental health. So instead of hitting the gym, go for a jog in the park—you’ll feel great inside and out!