Eating Healthy in College

Eating Healthy in College
Eating Healthy in College
College students have a busy and stressful lifestyle, and trying to eat healthy can be difficult. This is especially true because most college students are experiencing life on their own for the first time and may not have many ideas about what kinds of food to buy, or even how to cook it if they did. With demanding coursework and late nights studying, it is extremely important that students get the nutrients they need in order to be at full mental capacity. Improve your college eating habits by not only educating yourself about nutrition, but also by learning how to cook.

Need a science credit? Take a nutrition course! A nutrition course can teach you a lot about healthy eating from everything to how to correctly read an ingredients label to what vitamins your body needs to function properly. The more you know about your body and how nutrition affects it, the more health conscious decisions you will make about your food. Also it helps to do a little campus research. Do not wait until you are starving to grab a candy bar at the campus convenience store. Find out which restaurants and cafeterias on campus provide the healthiest food choices, that way when you are rushing in-between classes you will know exactly where to take your lunch break.

Cooking fresh food for yourself is going to be healthier for you than grabbing a happy meal at a fast food place. A good place to start is to buy a college friendly cookbook, such as The Everything College Cookbook by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson. For those students that are cramped up in a dorm room or apartment the size of a closet, there is not a lot of room to stock up on groceries. Try finding a cookbook containing recipes that only require a few ingredients, such as the Essential 3-4-5 Ingredient Cookbook by Barbara Jones. Also, kitchen appliances like the George Foreman Grill can be your best friend. For those who are craving (but also clueless about) meat, this grill provides a healthy and easy way to cook individual servings of fish, pork and beef. Even though your mother is not there to remind you, you should always eat your vegetables. Cooking vegetables on a skillet or steaming them in the microwave can be a fast and hassle-free way to get your serving in for the day.
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