The truth is that most college students don’t think they have the time or the money to eat right while on campus. But we’re here to tell you that it’s possible. Here’s how:
1. Balance is everything.
Even if your schedule is hectic, try not to skip meals. Skipping meals leaves you hungrier than you should be. That means you’re vulnerable to temptation and metabolic imbalances. Snack healthy and snack often in lieu of cramming fast food in your face at the end of every day.
2. Buy cheaper, leaner proteins.
The great thing about eggs, milk, tuna, chicken breast, and cottage cheese is that they are cheaper (and often healthier) than red meat. Plus they can be used to boost the nutritional value of a diverse array of meals. Also try unsweetened yogurt, beans, and nuts, which have the added benefit of portability. Think snack between classes!
3. Consider supplements.
Vitamins aren’t a replacement for eating your fruits and vegetables, but let’s be honest: it’s better than nothing.
4. Eat your fruits and vegetables!
If you have a meal plan, or regularly visit the dining hall, and always skip the salad bar, you’re doing your body a disservice. Try skipping the lasagna for once and deck your plate out with some greens. This is an especially great idea if the cost of your food is dependent on its weight—salads usually weigh less and therefore cost less!
5. Change the way you eat ramen.
Ramen noodles are a staple of the average college student’s diet. It’s easy to make, costs almost nothing, and fills you up. Here’s how to make it healthier: throw some frozen vegetables in with the dry noodles before adding hot water. Then drain the broth after cooking. It still tastes good and you’ll drastically lower your sodium intake.