Us college students have a really bad reputation when it comes to eating habits.
Basically, we’re not famous for having the healthiest diets.
Let me tell you one thing: it is possible to eat healthy when you are a college student.
“I don’t have enough time to cook” is something we’ve all said at some point in your lives. But it’s 2018! This is the era of fitness and veganism, so that’s not an excuse anymore.
You can eat well and even SAVE time! There are tons of easy and healthy recipes out there, just one click away from you.
When I started college I made the promise to myself to never eat “bad” again, or at least try to eat as healthy as possible.
This doesn’t mean I haven’t eaten pizza in two years. OF COURSE, I had (pizza is queen), but not on a daily basis. I mean, you can treat yourself occasionally (treating yourself is a healthy habit too) and still eat well.
Here are some of the tips that work for me to stay healthy as a college student.
Search for Healthy Recipes
Pinterest is the source I use the most for finding healthy recipes. I know, there’s Google, but I think it gives just too much information it can be overwhelming sometimes.
What I like about Pinterest is that it only works with images, so when you type “oatmeal breakfast ideas” on the search bar, you can actually see the food and how it looks. So it makes easier to pick the recipes you want to save and try.
I have one specific board for healthy recipes, so that is like having your own personal recipe book. When I want to try something new, I’ll just scroll down through all the pictures to see what I want to make, or I’ll just look for new ones.
Buy Healthy Snacks
If you’re like me, you struggle with binge eating. I think most students do. When I’m studying or doing my homework, I always like to have a snack near me.
It just makes studying a bit less hard!
But that can be hard for you’re health and body if you end up eating the whole fridge. I’ve been there, that’s why I decided to only get healthy snacks like fruit or nuts. They keep not only your body healthy but also your mind.
Eating 10 Oreos and a bag of Doritos is not gonna make you think clearer. On the contrary, it makes harder to focus because of the sugar and bad fats (and they are harder to burn). So instead, go for an apple and some pistachios, they will make you feel better and think clearer.
Eat 5 Meals per Day
This may sound like a really obvious thing, but it’s not something everyone does. It’s really important to eat the 5 required meals of the day, otherwise, it will lead to binge eating, something we don’t want to.
This means that if you skip one of the meals because you are not hungry at the moment or you don’t have the time, 1 or 2 hours after you will be SO hungry and ready to eat whatever that crosses your path.
So this is my solution: if you know you won’t have time to eat lunch tomorrow, cook your food the night before and put it in the fridge. It will be as tasty and you won’t have to spend any time cooking.
If you are going to eat away from home (for example at your campus cafeteria) choose a healthy option (I always go for something roasted with a side salad or a veggie sandwich) and try to keep your diet clean.
Some Recipe + Treat Ideas
- Egg toast
- Fruit bowl
- Sugar-free cereal with yogurt
- Oatmeal with cinnamon and honey
- Banana pancakes
- Salmon and vegetables
- Pasta with avocado sauce
- Tuna salad (any kind of salad would work)
- Healthy chicken wraps
- Spinach lasagna
- Baked sweet potatoes and roasted chicken
- Brown rice and egg
- Brown rice with broccoli and salmon
- Baked potato chips with low carb parmesan cheese
- Zucchini noodles with avocado pesto
I hope all these ideas help you to achieve a healthier diet and lifestyle! Clean eating is not just about vegetables and food nobody likes, it can be fun and delicious too. Please let me know if you try some of the recipes, and don’t forget to contact me if you have any questions!
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