Finding Nourishment: Energizing Breakfast Foods

Now that the semester has officially begun, and I actually need to wake up at a decent hour, I’ve been presented with the issue of what to eat in the mornings. Of course, I love a slice of toast, but I find that my energy levels diminish during class when I eat the wrong foods. So I thought I should share my knowledge regarding what I’ve been having for breakfast. And as a disclaimer: I am not a professional. What I am sharing is what works best for me as an individual, and may not be a good fit for everyone. 

Overall, I would recommend eating foods high in fiber and protein, so fruits, vegetables, and meat. While carbs are important and filling, I try to eat a little less compared to other food groups. And when it comes to fats, I generally feel they are okay in moderation. I try to avoid eating too many processed foods, many of which are high in sodium, sugar, and trans fat. 

With that being said, I’ll be sharing two things I frequently make for breakfast. They don’t take long to make and are filling enough to last me till lunch. And don’t panic, they’re also beginner-friendly. 

The first dish I enjoy making is egg drop soup, a Chinese dish. Basically, it is chicken stock mixed with an egg that has been poured and mixed into the soup. When I make it, I also like to add rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, scallions, and cabbage. I’m not sure if it’s traditionally eaten for breakfast, but I like how it warms my body up in the mornings.  You can try a recipe here

My second dish is very flexible to fit ingredients in your fridge. But the base components are eggs and bread in a sandwich form. You can have any bread you want, a croissant, bagel, sliced bread, etc. Of course, the same applies to the eggs. Cook it in any way you want. And after comes a hodgepodge of anything you can find. I typically add ingredients such as cheese, ham, tomato sauce, bell peppers, spinach, and hummus. (But not all of them. That might taste a bit funky.) Usually, a sandwich with some protein and vegetables fills me up, without making me too stuffed. If I eat it around mid-morning, I maintain my energy levels till the afternoon after my classes are over. 

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