• Ava Poulin

How to Eat Healthy as a Student

Have you heard of the “Freshman 15”? If you haven’t, it’s an expression about the typical weight gain a college freshman experiences. There is so much excitement when it comes to moving out, being on your own for the first time, and a new sense of independence. Oftentimes, this causes a young individual to overindulge in food.

Dining halls are notorious for not necessarily carrying the healthiest options. It’s hard to say no to the ice cream machines, pizza, and pasta. However, it is incredibly important to maintain your health as a student. Our HOMEBODY trainers recommend eating a balanced meal for the growing young adult. As college students are constantly growing, it’s important to be nourished.

So if you’re in college, on a meal plan, or simply want some tips on eating healthier keep reading to see some tips from our world-class team of HOMEBODY instructors.

Don't Skip Breakfast

Perhaps the most important tip is not to skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and will get you fueled up for a day of learning and work. If you are cooking your own breakfast, we recommend oatmeal. Oatmeal is very easy to make and can be made in a variety of ways. You can make overnight oats, microwavable minute oats, baked oats, and more. There are also different toppings you can choose to put on the oatmeal that will give you different sources of nutrients. If you eat at a dining hall, our HOMEBODY trainers recommend gravitating towards eggs and grain toast. What’s important to remember is that coffee is not a breakfast replacement, but rather a supplement. Coffee will not provide you with the nutrients necessary to support you throughout the day.

No Late-Night Snacking

The late-night snack is often a culprit to contributing to the freshman 15. The college consists of long nights studying and doing homework and oftentimes, students feel they need a snack to get through studying. While we don’t recommend eating late at night, we understand sometimes you need something to get through the night. Ditch those chips and cookies and opt for a nutrient bar. RX Bars, Kind Bars, or Quest bars are some of our favorites. If nutrient bars aren’t your thing, nuts are also a great option. And say you love your light night chips and are not ready to say goodbye to them, try out an alternative chip. There are plantain chips, seaweed snacks, and sweet potato chips. Plain popcorn is also a fantastic option.

Watch your "Drinkable" Calories

If you are 21 or over, chances are you might indulge in drinks out with your friends. When we’re watching what we eat, sometimes we forget to watch what we are drinking. A classic, small margarita runs approximately 200 calories, while a blended frozen drink at a bar can run up to 900 calories. Drinks are an easy way to gain weight without realizing you are doing so. HOMEBODY instructors recommend staying away from sugary drinks and sticking with something low-calorie. We also recommend limiting the number of drinks you intake as alcohol has proven to have negative effects on your body.

Try Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to nourish your body without eating vegetables and fruit plain. With an investment of a small blender, which you can get for as low as $20, you can blend up delicious and healthy smoothies. One of our favorite smoothie tips is to freeze your fruit before using it. By freezing your fruit, it eliminates the need for ice, resulting in a smooth and thick smoothie. Another great thing about smoothies is that you can add supplements. We love adding a shot of apple cider vinegar to our smoothies because it masks the taste. You can also add different protein powders, superfoods, and more.

Remember your Vegetables

9 times out of 10, the pasta is going to look more appetizing than the salad bar at your dining hall. However, if you eat pasta, pizza, or other loaded carbs every night, you will be a victim to the freshman 15. When you’re making your plate, remember to include your greens. Salad isn’t the only way to eat vegetables!

We hope you find some of these tips helpful. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you cannot just eat healthily, but you also must exercise. HOMEBODY Live Fitness offers a variety of classes you can take from the comfort of your own dorm room or apartment. Remember these tips to help avoid the notorious freshman 15!

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