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Ookmeal Challenge: Form a healthy breakfast habit this school year

With classes being available on campus this semester, many NAIT students are experiencing a change in pace during their morning routines. It can be difficult to fit a healthy breakfast into a busy morning, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. According to research by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, students who eat breakfast are more likely to achieve satisfactory grades and graduate.

Fortunately, there is a classic breakfast item out there that is affordable, versatile, healthy, convenient and most importantly, can be made into a breakfast pun. That’s right – Ookmeal!

Oatmeal is high in fibre, so it helps to keep students feeling satisfied throughout a busy morning. It’s easy to prepare, and with enough effort, it can become part of an everyday morning routine. Adding different toppings to oatmeal is a low-effort way to experiment with flavours and textures to keep it exciting.

Even though oatmeal is a nutritious and easy breakfast meal, eating breakfast in the first place is still challenging for students. A study by the University of Waterloo found that 39 per cent of students from schools in Alberta and Ontario eat breakfast less than three days a week.

To encourage NAIT students to pick up a healthy habit, The Nugget is challenging students to take the “Ookmeal Challenge” by creatively exploring the health benefits of oatmeal. It’s important to remember that although picking up a new habit can seem daunting, James Clear, author of the best-selling book Atomic Habits, says that “habits are a process, not an event.” There’s no pressure to be perfect – the Ookmeal Challenge is about trying something on a regular basis to see how it feels. We encourage NAIT students to share their #OokmealChallenge journey with their peers by tagging @thenuggetonline on Instagram.

Do you have a creative and tasty #Ookmeal topping combination to share with your fellow Ooks? Send entertainment@thenuggetonline.com an email – er, oatmail – with your idea for a chance to be featured in our print issue or online. Bonus challenge: check out our homemade peanut butter recipe and try it in your morning Ookmeal!

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