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10 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy in College (It’s Possible, We Promise!)

Just because you live in a dorm doesn’t mean you have to give up on good food.

by Elizabeth Kiefer. Article initially published on Teen Vogue.


 

10 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy in College (It’s Possible, We Promise!)

Photo by James Wojcik

Photo by James Wojcik

Eating well as a co-ed is hard. And why wouldn’t it be? “College is a place where you’re often set up for food failure,” says Atlanta-based health coach Chelsea Hunter. For the first time in your life, you’re on your own, making decisions about what you should and shouldn’t eat. You’re surrounded by salty snacks and sweets, you’re almost always in a rush, and controlling what you consume without a kitchen at your disposal can be majorly challenging.But college is also the place where you can start establishing good eating patterns that will last a lifetime (and where you can break the bad ones, too!). Here are 10 ways to improve your dorm-dwelling diet.Stock up on healthy staples.
Yep, that mini-fridge is definitely not going to accommodate all the prepared (and expensive) options your Whole Foods has to offer. But that doesn’t mean your dorm room needs to be filled with high-preservative, high-calorie snacks. Chelsea recommends buying healthy foods with a long shelf life, like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, rice cakes, and multi-grain crackers. Apples and citrus fruits can sit out for up to two weeks, and raw veggies and hummus are good options too.Always take the fruit.
Your college dining hall probably doesn’t encourage students to take food to go, but typically there’s a fair-game basket of produce hanging out somewhere near the exit. “Take the fruit!” says Chelsea. “Always, always take the fruit, even if you don’t think you want it.” If you’ve got it in your bag, you’re going to eat it, and chances are it will keep you from grabbing something less healthy on the go. Another reason to reach for that banana? You’re paying for it—it’s literally included in the price of your meal plan. So every time you walk past that basket, you’re essentially leaving perfectly good, already-purchased groceries in the checkout aisle.Eat high-quality junk food.
If there’s one thing we remember about the campus cafeteria, it’s that french fries and ice cream were readily available all day, every day. But if you’re going to indulge in food you know isn’t especially good for you, you’re better off going with something a little higher quality and really savoring it. Love pastries? Find yourself one that’s made with fancy ingredients. You’ll feel more satisfied, and it will make eating a delicious, buttery croissant more of a treat than an everyday habit.

Read Full Article at Teen Vogue.