College Meal Tips
It can be hard to eat a healthy and balanced when you’re doing your best in school, at work, maintaining a social life, etc . . . But food is life! So here is your reminder to snack better and start some good eating habits!
Don’t Skip Meals
You’ve probably skipped a meal before because you had other stuff to do, like a test to cram for or a busy shift that kept you on your toes until the very end. Even if you don’t have time to eat at your leisure, you should at least try to eat something to keep you running until you can sit down and have a proper meal. A snack or a small sandwich should give you what you need to keep you going! Lastly, if you can, try to three square meals a day! Create a healthy habit! 😂 Don’t be that one person who eats one large meal at 3PM and counts it as having eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the day! 😂
Instead of reaching for that can of cola or bag of chips, try something like dried fruits or a yogurt cup! It’s tasty, healthy, and you’ll be able to stay filled up without having snack more in between meals. Also, don’t let snacking be your go-to when you need a stress reliever! Eating might make you feel better for a short while, but you’d be better off taking a break to clear your head or moving around a bit!
If your monkey brain is telling you to eat all the pasta when you could easily fill yourself up and have enough for leftovers for the next day . . . don’t. 😭😭 Keep on top of how much food you’re eating because eating in excess is not the best thing you could do for yourself, even if what you’re eating is healthy! The best way to do that would be to portion off some of your cooking and store it in the fridge for the next day! After that, enjoy your meal!
If you already vegetarian or vegan, this should be right up your alley! If you aren’t, that’s alright! This isn’t a message to get you to go vegetarian or vegan. But let’s be real for a second, fam. Meat is expensive, it takes time to cook, and if you eat too much of it, it’s really bad for you. There’s a bunch of recipes online that don’t include meat in the ingredients (try looking for recipes for salads, sandwiches, and pasta!) So if you’re feeling in the mood for something refreshing and easy to make, try something new and see how you like it!
Not All The Time
A “treat yo self” moment in moderation is an awesome way to pat yourself on the back for finishing what you had to do or for maintaining a healthy eating routine! But if you’re finding that you’re going out for boba, ice cream, Taco Bell, etc every single day, you might want to take it easy and say “Not Today”. 😂👌 Treating yourself is an essential component for self-care, but you also gotta be a #responsibleadult and save money/eat healthy! Do your best!
It’s important to remember that food intake is important to your health! If you need to eat, eat! Don’t soldier on and let yourself burn out! Check out your local grocery store to see what kind of deals they have! And if you need assistance, go to your school’s student resource and food pantry. Don’t be shy! College student food pantries are mostly student-run and are happy to help you with any food-related concerns you might have! And finally, here’s your reminder that while self-care is good, go easy on the snacks and junk food!