How to Eat Healthy in College

Let’s face it, eating healthy is hard. 

Being consistent with eating healthy in college? Even harder.

It’s pretty difficult to maintain a healthy balanced diet especially with everything that you probably have going on.

Between your favorite fast food restaurants constantly throwing the newest addition to their extremely unhealthy menu or their newest salad drenched in fried bacon bits in your face, it can seem impossible to get on the right track to healthy eating. 

While taking control of your health in college is becoming more and more popular. Fast food restaurants don’t seem to be closing down any time soon. 

With a schedule as hectic as yours, it’s no wonder you choose convenience over health majority of the time.

First things first, going to the grocery store without a grocery list and a plan is the last thing you want to do. Staying organized by using a grocery list will prevent you from spending unnecessary money and wandering into the junk food isle.

Keep in mind that eating healthy is a choice and should not be forced on anyone. This post is specifically for those who are choosing to eat healthy in college. It’s not easy. But, it is a choice worth making and something that you will thank yourself for in the long run.

Before we get into some healthy alternatives. Check out these,

Tips for eating healthy in college

1.Instead of grabbing a bag of chips in between classes, pick up some sliced apples instead. Most college campuses have a Starbucks and or bookstore on campus that offers healthy alternatives.

2. Instead of going to the nearest fast food restaurant, make it a habit to stop in the grocery store and grab a bowl of fruit, a ready-made salad or wrap.

3. Make it easy on yourself. You’re busy so try to make choices that are both, convenient and healthy.

4. Build up discipline, everyday won’t be easy. And you will have days when you’re desperately craving a cheese pizza with all the toppings instead of a salad. That’s ok! Learn to recognize when you are having those weak moments so you can turn them into better habits.

5. Try your hardest to plan out your meals for the week. It’s just like having a schedule but for your food. This way, you can keep track of the meals you are eating for the week and you know exactly what to buy and where to shop. This will definitely save you loads of time and unnecessary work.

6. Get a friend to join you, everything is better with friends! A group of friends on the same path to eating healthy is golden. Having people that will hold you accountable will only make you better at the task at hand.

7. Keep a food journal. Write down everything that you ate for the day. Be sure to note the unhealthy things you ate as well. Write down how you felt on that day as well.

Did you feel defeated? Do you want to eat everything except the healthy items you listed for yourself? At the end of the week, sit down with yourself and go over everything you have written. You may find that on Wednesday’s you always feel defeated and give into your temptations. What can you do on Wednesdays to make sure you stick to your food list?

8. Keep a water bottle handy. If you always find yourself going to the vending machine for a soda, lets break this habit. Soda is filled with tons of sugar and can cause serious health issues if it’s something you drink often. Keeping a water bottle handy will ensure that you are more likely to grab your water bottle vs going to the vending machine. Check out our easy and delicious infused water recipe here.

9. Meal prep! Just like the water bottle scenario, meal prepping will save you in the long run. Often times when you’ve had a long day of classes. The last thing you want to do is cook. Try meal prepping on Sundays (or whatever day works best for you) for the week. Your meals will be prepped and ready to eat. Meal prepping removes the guess work. And you’ll no longer have to worry about what food you have at home.

How to eat healthy in college

Many people have this misconception that eating healthy has to be hard or complicated. It doesn’t. It can be really easy and straight to the point. The problem is, most people have no idea where to start.

We glorify the Instagram posts with healthy looking meals and perfectly green smoothies. But we say to ourselves, “that must take so much time. I could never eat that healthy.” That couldn’t be further from the truth! 

You have it in you to make the best choices for your body, you just need a little help. That’s where we come in. We have a couple of lists with healthy items under them that you can add to your pantry today.

Fresh fruit to keep around

Fruit can be filling enough to hold you over until you have time to eat a real meal. They can also satisfy those of you out there who may have a sweet tooth. Keep fruit around so you can have something healthy and delicious to snack on vs eating cookies and popcorn.

  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries

Healthy snack items 

We’ve listed some healthy snack items that can be good to carry around with you throughout the day. These items are more filling than fruit and will satisfy those hunger pains until you have the time to eat a real meal.

  • Hummus 
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Pita chips
  • Carrot sticks w/ dressing
  • Yogurt
  • Granola 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Muffins 
  • Protein shake 
  • Trail mix
  • Almonds
  • Dried fruit mix
  • Almond butter 

Protein and replacements

Don’t overdo it on the meat. It’s best to stick with fish, but if you must eat meat, stick with turkey and chicken. Stay away from red meat such as pork and beef as it is not good for you. Also, have you tried veggie meat? Omg! It is delicious! You won’t even notice the difference. You can add it as a substitute for chicken, turkey etc. Seriously, you need to try it.

  • Fish 
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Beyond meat patties
  • Veggie meat
  • Beans 

To be clear, this list is not an end all be all for the things we suggest you add to your kitchen. This list is intended to be used as a way to help you find items that you may not have thought of. Your list may be similar to ours but it may also be starkly different.

We advise you to do what works for you. We also encourage you to find replacements for some of the things on the list while also adding some of your favorite things.

We hope you enjoyed this post and found it super helpful! 

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