Are you having trouble staying on track with eating on campus? Being a college student, it’s difficult to keep up with meals and snacks when constantly on-the-go. Meal plan or not, here are a few suggestions for eating healthy on campus.
Making Healthy Choices in the Dining Commons
- Breakfast has always been said to be the most important meal of the day. Since our bodies have been resting for hours and need fuel, it is important to not only make sure that we’re eating breakfast, but be mindful of the foods we’re consuming. In the Dining Commons, the omelette station is a great choice! Fill your omelette with lots of yummy vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Add a side of fruit for a touch of sweetness!
- It is super important to remember that when it comes to healthier eating, salad is NOT the only option. It’s easy to get bored with a bed of lettuce. Thinking outside of the box is crucial when it comes to healthy eating, that way we can make it fun and tasty!
- When eating in the Dining Commons, it’s still possible to enjoy some of our favorite foods and stations while making healthier decisions. Let’s take Mongo’s for example(yum!). To make it good for you and equally delicious, load your bowl with lots of veggies and don’t be afraid to ask for a bowl with no rice!
- If pasta seems to be the “go to”, try using tomato based sauces (such as marinara) instead of alfredo. Load the bowl with veggies and ask for whole grain pasta if available.
Stopping for Snacks on Campus
- For those of us with meal plans, it’s easy to indulge every time we enter the Dining Commons or Lakeside- everything looks so good! But self control is key to snacking smart. Luckily there are a few smart options when seeking out a small snack instead of a large meal when stopping at these locations.
- Taste the Rainbow! No not the sugary skittles, but Earth’s rainbow creations. The salad bars have broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and other delicious veggie options, and pairing them with a side of salad dressing or hummus will make it a snack favorite!
- Creating a fruit parfait is another option if craving something sweet. Just make sure to stick to your portions! Check your portions here.
No Meal Plan?
- Bring your own meals to campus! It’s easy to get tempted to stop by Chick-fil-a, Starbucks or Market Street Deli when your stomach starts growling. Use Pinterest to search for easy, healthy and economical recipes.
- For back-to-back classes, try bringing a homemade trail mix. There are many options in creating your personal mix of goodies. Combine nuts, seeds, and whole grain cereals to keep you satisfied until your next meal. Make the mix fit your tastebuds by making it sweet (by adding dark 60% chocolate chips, dried fruit like cranberries and banana chips) or savory(by spicing it up with spices like sea salt, curry, or chili powder). Get started with these ideas here!
- Last but not least, stay hydrated! A water bottle is great to have at all times. If plain water just isn’t exciting enough, try infusing it with lemons and cucumbers for a hint of deliciousness!
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