Brian Adkisson doesn’t eat breakfast every morning.
“(I eat it) maybe three times a week,” said the senior finance
major. “I usually come to school and get a bagel. If I miss it,
it’s usually because of schoolwork to do.”
For some students, comfortable beds or excessive studying can
make breakfast an inconvenience. But it’s a meal one shouldn’t
miss, nutrition experts say.
“The most important thing is to eat something,” said Shirley
Perryman, an extension specialist for the Department of Food
Science and Human Nutrition. “If I had to make a choice between
eating anything and not eating anything because I didn’t have
anything nutritious, I would choose to eat anything.”
Perryman said that if students do not have time for breakfast in
the morning, they should try planning ahead the night before.
Leftovers, like cold pizza, or making an extra sandwich when
packing a lunch, or even some dry cereal in a bag make great
breakfasts students can just grab and go, she said.
When the human body digests food, it creates glucose and puts it
into the bloodstream. This basic sugar is what feeds the brain,
“That’s something that college students need to use,” she
For students too pressed on time at home, the campus offers a
The Lory Student Center Food Court is one example.
“Most of the baked goods that we offer are geared toward
breakfast,” said Abbie Quinlivan, the store manager at Sweet
Sinsations in the student center. “Smoothies are also pretty
popular in the morning; you can kind of replace a meal.”
Quinlivan said the most popular breakfast item was muffins. She
also said Sweet Sinsations offers some healthy options, such as
Between 7 and 11 a.m., Quinlivan said the store serves about 300
The residence halls also offer some early morning dining options
from 7 to 11 a.m.
“Country Breakfast Fair offers the same kind of menu items
daily,” said Ron Pantier, associate director of Residence Hall
Dining Services. “Pancakes, French toast, some kind of a potato and
a green, in addition to eggs to order and omelets as well as
biscuits and gravy.”
Other halls offer a breakfast entr�e that changes daily,
Pantier said. Others offer pastries and bagels.
The residence halls also offer a “grab and go” program, which
allows students to pack a meal in a Styrofoam container from
anything in the cafeteria, he said.
Students who do not live in the residence halls can purchase
guest passes for $4.50 each.
Whatever the solution, Perryman emphasized the importance of
eating something upon awakening.
“If you don’t have time to make a breakfast,” she said, “then