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Smoothie/granola bar combo

Photo: Kim Wiens.

Most of us have at least one day in our week of school that seems impossible to get through.

This breakfast spread will guarantee that you at least start out this terrible day on the right foot: with all the calories and nutrients you need to outlast a wave of brutal midterms.

My main concerns when it comes to cooking meals are the portability and health factors. This may not cut it for everyone, but it’s important if your morning is packed with never-ending lectures.

So here’s a super easy smoothie and homemade granola bar combo that should help ease the pain. Don’t be afraid to mix and match—have fun and get wild(berry).


Smoothies can be carried around for a few hours, which is ideal if you have an early morning class.

Ingredients (for a single serving):

(Pick your own portions based on how many servings you need)

-1/4 cup of chopped kale (substitute for any green vegetable)

-handful of blueberries

-handful of strawberries

-1/4 cup of pineapple, chopped

-1 banana

-handful of almonds (substitute for any seeds)

-3 tbsp. of plain yogurt

-milk or fruit juice (whatever amount achieves your desired consistency)

Tip: freeze your fruit if you’re worried it’ll go bad. You can also freeze smoothie portions by pouring them into muffin tins.


Homemade granola bar

Granola bars are great for when you’re on the run in the morning, or for an early sit down study session.


-3 cups of oatmeal

-1/2 cup of honey

-1/4 cup coconut butter (substitute with regular butter in you wish)

-1/2 cup brown sugar

-1 cup of various nuts and seeds

-1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)

-dash of nutmeg and cinnamon (optional)


Mix all in one large bowl. Add milk to reach desired consistency. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.

Tip: add chocolate chips if you’ve got a sweet tooth. They’ll almost make you forget about all that fibre.