Jan 15, 2016

Healthy Eating in College

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For all you college student out there, you know how difficult eating in college can be. For one thing, your options are pretty limited and its probable that you will not always like what is being served. The freshman 15 is unfortunately a real thing and while I may not have gained 15 pounds, I could tell that the change in my everyday eating habits were negatively affecting my health/overall well being. Eating in college is tough, especially if you're on a meal plan, because you don't really have a choice in what is being served! While colleges try providing healthy eating options, generally speaking most options are much less healthy than what a typical meal would be if it was home cooked. The fact that dining halls are buffet style tricks people into thinking that they should eat more - basically just because it's there and you don't have to pay for it'. One thing that got me was the cereal bar we have at my school (weird, I know). Yes, it has tons of options - about 10 different ones (both healthy and unhealthy)- but since my at my house we never had Lucky Charms, I would always go for a bowl of that! Snacking is another biggie that can lead to people eating unhealthy - even when they're not hungry. When you're stuck at a desk studying, you can't help but reach for those pretzels, chocolate, or popcorn - trust me, I know!

But eating in college doesn't have to come with the worry that you're going to go home with an extra 10 pounds - you just have to be a little bit more mindful of what you're eating and how much you're eating. 


Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal - if you have access to hot water or a microwave in your dorm, then this is a quick and easy breakfast you can make before heading to your first class! If you keep bananas or apples in your room you can also use those as a topping!
  • Avocado toast - So for this you're going to have to head to your dining hall. My school has cut up avocado in the mornings and its great put on toasted bread or a bagel! 
  • Special K with banana - This can most definitely be found in your dining hall but you also keep these in your dorm room too! Healthy, yummy, and perfectly filling.
  • Yogurt and Fruit - Maybe your school has a parfait bar like mine! They offer a few options of cut up food and different yogurt options! When I have breakfast in the dining hall, I usually make a bowl of this and toast an english muffin with jelly!
  • Wheat Bread, Peanut Butter, and Banana - this is pretty self explanatory and super easy to make! It'll satisfy your sweet tooth - minus all the sugar!
  • Veggie Omelet - except ask for only egg whites!
Lunch
  • Veggies with hummus - I just started picking up hummus when I go to the grocery store and it is the perfect snack if you don't like eating a big lunch like I do! On occasion, my dining hall also serves hummus with pita chips and veggies!
  • Salad - We have a small cafe campus called Lou's that serves the best salads!! Its chipotle style and you pick and choose what you want! I get half mixed greens half spinach, cucumbers, artichokes, edamame, avocado, and balsamic dressing! SO good!
  • Panini - I think most schools have a sandwich station or something of the sort! I'll occasionally get a panini with wheat bread, pesto, spinach, red pepper, avocado, and mozzarella cheese!
  • Apple and Peanut Butter - slice up and apple and get a side of PB for the perfect snack if you're not too hungry!
Dinner 
  • Salad with Grilled Chicken - so you can make your go-to salad and cut up pieces of grilled chicken to put on top.
  • Wheat Pasta w/Sauce - I personally could never give up pasta so I make it healthier by switching out the typical white pasta for wheat! Add a side salad for a balanced meal!
  • Meat w/ Rice and Veggies - For those that have a kitchen in their apartments this is a super easy one to make! Grilled Chicken, brown rice, and maybe a side of broccoli - super easy and delicious!
Snacks
  • Popcorn - I love Skinny Pop!
  • Fruit - Apples, Bananas, Clementines, and oranges are all super easy to keep in your bag and store in your room! A healthy alternative to cookies or chips
  • Crackers w/Peanut Butter- You can keep all these ingredients in your dorm to make or take to class!
  • Almonds - easy to pack and they also have tons of health benefits!
  • Granola - I love Kind Bars as well as loose granola!
I can't say that I stick to these option 24/7... because I definitely have my fair share of unhealthy foods! But, I think the key is to eat them in moderation and balance it out with healthier options! Maybe eat healthy on most school days so that you can enjoy a 'less nutritious' meal if you go out on the weekend! These are just some of ideas that can help you stick to a healthy eating schedule if you're in college - or even if you're not! My goal for this semester is to take a little better care of my body - and that means working out more and eating right!

P.S - don't forget to stay hydrated!


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