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Four out of five school days, I eat lunch in the apartment because I’m working from home for my internship with ChunkIt!, a San Jose, CA tech company that basically has found a way to make your Internet research (easier), better, faster, stronger.  This is usually after Stats 20 lecture or before swim class, so by the time lunchtime rolls around, you can bet that I’m in serious need of brain food.

This is one of my favorite lunches: a toasted PB&J with crunchy peanut butter, tortilla chips, carrot sticks and hummus, fruit, and milk.  When I made it on Thursday I felt like a 1940s mom preparing a nutritious and healthful lunch pail for her first grader.  Except that first grader was me.

Literally 95% of what's on this plate is from Trader Joe's.

Literally 95% of what's on this plate is from Trader Joe's.

I even covered all of the food groups again: protein (peanut butter), grains (bread, chips), fruits and vegetables (plums, carrots, hummus), and dairy (milk).  Score.

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Michael Bluth: What have we always said is the most important thing?

George Michael Bluth: Breakfast.

Michael: Family.

George Michael: Family, right. I thought you meant of the things you eat.

Arrested Development

I never skip breakfast, and I’m surprised when my friends say they do.  It’s really not too difficult to toast an English muffin or pour a bowl of cereal in the morning on your way out the door, and it makes such a big difference in your concentration levels and your mood for the rest of the morning.

Lately, I’ve been having Trader Joe’s Frosted Shredded Bite Size Wheats (basically fancified Mini Wheats, okay?) and I love them.  They have 90% of my daily value of iron, which is important because I’m iron deficient.  If I have a bowl of wheats with soymilk, that’s my entire daily value right there.

Trader Joe's Frosted Shredded Bite Size Wheats

Trader Joe's Frosted Shredded Bite Size Wheats

Everyone has a different way of eating cereal.  I like mine with soymilk to add sweetness and nutrition, but just enough to get the cereal wet.  I really hate eating cereal with a big bowl of milk, so that at the end you’re left with sugary milk with little bits of cereal floating in it that your mom makes you drink.

This method is way better.

This method is way better.

I also like adding bananas or peaches on top for potassium and vitamins, as well as a big glass of soymilk on the side.  Awesomely healthy; all four main food groups are represented (grains, protein, fruits, dairy).

Breakfast of Champions.

Breakfast of champions.