Rise and shine for breakfast time

Rise and shine for breakfast time

Freshen's smoothies in the BSC
Many say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a healthy way to start the day by getting some morning fuel, which is especially important during finals week.

If you’re not into typical breakfast food like cereal, bagels, remember that there is a variety of options to choose from and you don’t have to go with the norm. The following are just a few suggestions on where to get a good meal to start your day on campus at Cal Poly Pomona.

1. Freshens and Peet’s
What says breakfast more than coffee, tea or a smoothie? At Freshen’s and Peet’s inside the Bronco Student Center (BSC) you have your choice of all three. In terms of food, Peet’s has bagels, doughnuts and pastries. The pastries tend to go fast, so if you have a favorite you might want to get there early before it sells out.

2. Einstein’s Bros. Bagels
For a quick and delicious breakfast, go to Einstein’s Bros. Bagels, located at the newly opened College of Business Administration. Yes, they have bagels and cream cheese (and they are amazing!) but they have more than just that. They also have baked goods, soups, salads, bagel sandwiches and gourmet coffee drinks. For an inexpensive, yummy breakfast, I recommend the chocolate chip bagel with strawberry cream cheese and a vanilla hazelnut blend coffee.

3. Starbucks
Many of the items which are available at Peet’s and Einsteins are available at Starbucks as well. One difference is that Starbucks has a wider selection of pastries. In addition, Starbucks has breakfast sandwiches and breakfast wraps. To avoid the long line at the Starbucks at the University Library, you can get your latte on the go from the Poly Trolley food truck.

4. Convenience Stores
If you’re looking to grab something quick, but your pantry is empty, a campus convenience store may be your best bet. There is hardly ever a long line and you can get something to eat on the go. My breakfast meal of choice from the convenience stores is a banana and cereal with a soy milk drink. Campus convenience stores include Poly Fresh Market at the BSC, Vista Market at the Bronco Commons and Pony Express at the CLA building.

5. Denny’s
The Grand Slam is only $2 during finals week from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. It can be a cheap, hardy meal for before or after finals. The Grand Slam comes with two pancakes, two eggs, two slices of bacon and sausage. With all that, it could keep you full but it’s not the healthiest option. For great nutritional value, try the Veggie Fajita Breakfast Burrito or the Mushroom Swiss Omelet.

Foundation Dining Services offers these and a variety of these and a variety of other food services on campus. Foundation woks with Associated Students, Inc. although the two are not directly related.

There are lots of ways to go when deciding where to eat breakfast on campus. If you’re looking to go the healthy route, look over the Foundation Dining Services Nutritional Food Guide for more ideas on what to get at which restaurant.

Good luck on finals and remember to eat healthy!