Eating healthy at college may seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be difficult. This guide will help you to learn easy ways to make nutritious choices that fit into your busy schedule.
Be creative. If you don't like the hot food offered, try to combine foods from different areas of the dining hall. For example, add a grilled chicken breast to a salad or veggies from the salad bar to a sandwich or a wrap. Volunteer Dining has multiple dining halls that may serve different foods and meals. Try all the dining halls to figure out which ones you like best. Each of our dining halls all have something to different to offer.
When Selecting Entrees:
· Opt for lean protein sources: fish, chicken, lean beef and pork that isn't breaded or fried are all great sources.
· Try a veggie burger, tofu dish, or lentils as an alternative source of protein.
· When eating pizza choose the vegetarian one that’s loaded with veggies and not meats and tons of cheese.
· Chili and soups are other great options where a little goes a long way in keeping you fueled and focused.
Filling your Plate with Delicious and Nutritious Sides:
· Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables (steamed broccoli, carrots, peas, mixed veggies or whatever your preference is)
· Add a side salad to your meal that includes some dark green and leafy vegetables for added nutrients. Stick to the light dressings and use them sparingly.
· Baked potatoes, corn, rice, pasta, and other starchy sides are a source of carbohydrates that help fuel active lifestyles. Those that are less active should aim for smaller portions sizes.
· If you’re looking for the healthiest of all try the fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits.
· Frozen yogurt topped with fruit is another great option.
· If you want to treat your self go ahead with the cookies, cakes, and pastries just keep in mind healthy portion sizes and eat it slowly to be satisfied with less.
· Low-fat, skim, and soy milk are all great milk options that provide adequate amounts of calcium to your meal.
· Turn to water and 100% fruit juices instead of sodas, teas, and other sweetened beverages.
Smart Snacking Ideas Offered in our Convenience Stores:
Healthy C-Store Options
Healthy Dorm Room Snacks
· Animal crackers
· Canned fruit (light/no syrup)
· Natural apple sauce
· Energy (or protein) bars
· Fresh fruit
· Granola bars
· High fiber cereal
· Nuts (no salt)
· Oatmeal (packets)
· Pita bread
· Popcorn (try the single-serving bag)
· Trail Mix
· Tuna fish
If you have a Fridge, try:
· Grab and go meals and sides
· Baby carrots and celery
· String cheese
· Yogurt and smoothies
· Water, flavored waters, and low-fat milk