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Quick and Healthy Dorm Room Breakfasts

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bentley chapter.

As a college student, it is especially important to eat breakfast. Long days full of focusing in classes, exams, club meetings, working out, homework, the list goes on and on.  I mean, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  We’ve all been there: choosing between sleep or breakfast, stomach growling in class, or maybe even it’s just too cold to walk to the dining hall. Here are some dorm room snacks that are quick, healthy, and most importantly… delicious!


1. Fruit

I usually keep a stash of bananas in my room that I take from the dining hall. Bananas are great because you can easily transport them and they are super healthy. Apples are also great because you can buy pre-cut, sliced apples in bags that are super quick. Diced peach cups are also one of my favorites because of how convenient they are. One last fruit I love to eat for breakfast is clementines. Clementines are awesome because you don’t have to wash them and they are just the right size! They stay good for a while so you can buy a whole bunch at the grocery store and eat them at your own pace.

2.  Cereal

Cereal can be a great breakfast, as long as you choose the right cereal. Many cereals are super sugary, so make sure you are choosing one that isn’t too unhealthy.  Cheerios are a great breakfast because they are healthy and can be eaten dry. If you are really running low on time, I suggest putting cereal into a baggy and bringing it to class to eat there (only if your professor allows!). If you have a little more time to indulge, have a bowl of cereal. One of my personal favorites is Cheerios with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Since Cheerios are kind of plain, I found that the vanilla almond milk really adds flavor, but you can choose any type of milk you want! There are many different substitutes for dairy milk so I encourage you to explore them for the tastes, even if you are not dairy-free.

3. Rice cakes

Rice cakes are great because they are so easy. You can have them plain, or you can make it your own. I buy caramel flavored rice cakes, which give it a little flavor. These can be eaten alone, but I love adding just a thin spread of peanut butter on top. What’s great about this meal is that the peanut butter contains a lot of protein, so it fills you up!  If you are really feeling it, you can even add banana slices on top for more flavor. I highly recommend these because they are super quick, healthy, and cheap to make.

4. Greek Yogurt

Yogurt is a great breakfast and provides a great start to the day. Greek yogurt is healthier and comes in many different flavors. This is a super easy breakfast because all you need is a fridge! If yogurt isn’t really your thing, I suggest adding granola. Not only does this taste yummy, but it adds extra protein and fiber. However, be careful that you are purchasing granola that is not too high in sugar because that can make it more of a dessert than a breakfast.  

5. Protein Bars

If you are in a pinch, a great protein bar can go a long way. I love Kind bars because they are full of protein and taste great. There are tons of great bars that are tasty for breakfast, but make sure that you look at the ingredients. You don’t want a bar loaded with sugar which many of them are. There are tons of healthy bars that also taste great, so make sure you do your research. Protein bars are portable and come in a variety of sizes, flavors, and health benefits.

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Melissa is President and Campus Correspondent of Her Campus at Bentley University.  She is a senior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Spanish and Psychology.  Melissa studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain!  In her free time, she loves to read, write, play tennis, volunteer, and spend time with family and friends.  You'll usually find her exploring new places and restaurants and then writing articles about them!       
Allison Weed

Bentley '20

Allison Weed is a senior at Bentley University. She is majoring in Marketing with minors in Information Design and Corporate Communication, and International Affairs. She is the President and Campus Correspondent of the Bentley University Her Campus Chapter.