How college students can eat healthy
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:31 PM
If asked to reflect on their college years, many graduates likely would not recall healthy eating habits. College students are often pressed for time and short on funds, so a nutritious diet is often sacrificed for the sake of convenience and cost.
But a healthy diet can help college students handle the stresses of college life more effectively. The following are a handful of easy ways college students can improve their diets' nutritional value without breaking the bank.
* Eat breakfast. College students tend to stay up late and sleep in, but sleeping in at the expense of a healthy breakfast can impact performance in the classroom and make students more likely to overeat later in the day. A bowl of cereal with some fresh fruit is not an especially expensive breakfast, but it can help college students start their day off on an energetic and healthy note.
* Snack healthy. Many students find snacks are an integral part of hours-long study sessions. But trips to the vending machine for candy bars or potato chips won't add much nutritional value to your diet. Instead of being at the mercy of vending machines, bring healthy snacks along during study sessions. Fresh fruit, raw vegetables, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat crackers are just a few snacks that pack a more nutritious punch than traditional vending machine fare. Healthy snacks also tend to provide more energy, making it easier to endure late-night study sessions.
* Make pizza healthier. Pizza is a staple of many college students' diets, so it's likely unrealistic for them to quit pizza cold turkey, especially since there are ways to make pizza healthier. When ordering a pizza, college students can request their pizza be prepared with whole wheat dough, which is healthier than traditional pizza dough. In addition, ask for less cheese and more tomato sauce. Such alterations are simple and healthy without sacrificing taste.
* Scale back on sugar. Sugar can cause weight gain without providing much in the way of nutrition. College students can cut back on their sugar intake by avoiding sugary beverages, including soda and drinks like sweetened iced tea or lemonade. College is also when many young men and women first start drinking coffee, which some people prefer to take with sugar. But students looking to keep weight off and reduce their sugar intake can choose to drink their coffee black or with just light cream or fat-free milk to ensure their morning cup of joe is not contributing to a bigger waistline.
* Drink more water. The symptoms of dehydration mimic those of hunger, and college students might turn to snacks when all they really need is a glass of water. If you find yourself snacking shortly after eating a meal, then you might just need to drink more water.
Few college students prioritize healthy eating habits. But there are some inexpensive ways for on-the-go students to enjoy healthy diets.