By Melina Benson
Chair, AMSA Wellness and Student Life
I can't tell you how many times I tell patients to eat breakfast, just loud enough to cover my own empty-belly growls. What a hypocrite, right?
We all know that eating a breakfast with protein improves concentration, curbs cravings for snacks high in fat and sugar (ahem, obligatory tray of doughnuts in the center of the table during rounds), and correlates with a healthy BMI.
But oh, how hard it is to get up in the morning and put something together! It is so much easier to opt for an overpriced breakfast bar, many of which are packed with sugar, fake fiber and carry a heavy caloric load.
Here's at least one remedy: Overnight Oatmeal. I believe there is something psychologically satisfying to starting a task that takes time to create itself. I'm thinking along the lines of gardening, brewing your own beer, or marinating meat or vegetables. When I leave a delicious oat mixture to soak overnight, it always helps me get out of bed in the morning. To make Banana Berry Overnight Oats:
1. Mash 1/2 banana into 1 cup low fat cow's, almond or soy milk in ...