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COLUMN: 5 easy dorm breakfast recipes

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These breakfast ideas all take less than five minutes to put together and require nothing more than a microwave. With overlapping ingredients to keep your grocery list simple, they are sure to make your morning easy and quick, even when you are rolling out of bed late for an 8 a.m. 

PB&J Rice Cakes  

Because we can’t have toasters in the dorm, rice cakes are a crunchy and shelf-stable alternative to bread or bagels. Below is a tasty and filling recipe if you’re craving a classic PB&J taste equipped with protein, sweetness and a satisfying crunch. 

  • Two rice cakes  

  • Peanut butter 

  • Jelly, jam or honey 

  • Fresh fruit, if desired 

Directions: Spread peanut butter on two rice cakes, followed by jelly or honey. If desired, top with freshly sliced banana or berries. 

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Yogurt Bowl 

This filling breakfast option is packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized until lunch time. 

  • Yogurt of choice 

  • Fruit 

  • Granola 

  • Nut butter 

  • Honey  

  • Seeds and Nuts 

Directions: Begin with your favorite yogurt, I prefer Greek yogurt for the thicker texture. Add in your desired toppings, nut butters and seeds can add healthy fats, protein and texture. Granola is a great way to add crunch and whole grains, while fruit and honey can add extra sweetness and fiber.  

Oatmeal 

Making your own oatmeal is a great way to incorporate fiber into your breakfast without a large amount of added sugar. 

  • ½ cup of rolled oats 

  • 1 cup of water or milk  

  • Toppings that include peanut butter, honey, fresh fruit, cinnamon, flax seeds, nuts, protein powder or even chocolate chips 

Directions: Combine oats with your liquid in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 ½ minutes. Let sit for another two minutes to cool and absorb excess liquid. Get creative by adding your desired toppings to create different flavor combinations. 

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If you’re not into putting something together on your own, here are some nutritious premade options that require minimal preparation. 

“Just Crack an Egg” cups 

Take these to the next level by emptying the cooked contents onto a tortilla and topping with your salsa of choice for an easy and quick breakfast burrito. 

Kodiak Cakes microwavable pancakes 

These are a great protein packed breakfast or midday snack if you’re craving something warm and comforting. Top with fruit for added fiber and texture. 

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