Ok, so, yeah, eating healthy when you live in a dorm room on a college budget ain’t easy, BUT there is hope! You can do a few things that make a big difference!
1. Use the awesome recipes below to give you a healthy yummy break from the dining hall!
2. In the dining hall, grab larger portions of the healthy foods and “try” the unhealthy foods. The mac&cheese, greasy hamburgers and fries are hard to resist, so don’t. Just grab a bit and know you can always get more later in the week. There’s no need to over-indulge because they serve fries every day, don’t they? Opt for the green stuff, fruit, and nuts; and add some roasted, baked or boiled protein instead of fried yuckiness.
3. Always, always, always keep healthy snacks around to keep you from grabbing whatever is in the vending machine. Try carrots and hummus, apples and peanut butter (natural, 100% peanuts), almonds, celery and cottage cheese, grapes, even those Thai rice noodle packets aren’t so bad!
4. Beware the alcohol! If you over-indulge, limit yourself to a couple of days a month. One of the worst things you can do is drink your calories. This leads to many problems including a toxic liver, bad skin, weight gain, heart health issues, and of course, occasional embarrassment. Try having a drink or two, preferably beer or wine. (Added bonus: money saved!)
5. Avoid the crazy dieting! If you go from over-eating to under-eating, your body will freak out and store fat. Keep your metabolism happy and eat nice sized meals regularly. Eat until you are satisfied, not full! If you want to drop a few pounds, decrease your portion sizes, eat smaller healthy meals more frequently, and exercise 3-5 times per week. (And don’t forget that alcohol thing.)
Ok, on to the awesome recipes…
1. Whole Wheat Pita Pizza: Take a whole wheat pita, tear or cut it into two flat pieces. Add pasta sauce (try to find one without added sugar- especially without high-fructose corn syrup). Add your favorite toppings such as tomatoes, olives, bell pepper, mushrooms, etc. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in toaster oven at 350˚ for 5-7 minutes.
2. Whole Wheat Quesadilla: Take two whole wheat tortillas, add your favorite veggies and cheese. Bake in toaster oven at 350˚ for 5-7 minutes.
3. Whole Wheat Pita Sandwich: Cut a whole wheat pita in half. Stuff the pita with hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, black olives, and whatever else suits you (Add tahini sauce if you can find it).
Put these healthier habits into play so that when you choose to live it up, the effect is not so harsh! You’ll find that you feel better, do better in class, and you’ll keep the dreaded Freshman 15 at bay!
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