Healthy College Eating Tips

There are many websites out there with tips and ideas to help college students eat healthier while away from home.  Here is a compilation of some that we liked.  Links to full articles are provided!

  • Eat a good breakfast
    • Studies show that skipping breakfast detracts from scholastic achievement.
  • Visit the salad bar
    • Of course, leafy greens, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits are beneficial.  But, if you choose a lot of creamy dressings, bacon bits, and mayonnaise-based salads, the calories and fat may equal or even exceed those of a burger and fries - so choose wisely.  (Hint: here at Michigan Tech, check out our oil and vinegar or fat-free dressings)
  • Drink lots of water
    • Your body needs at least eight glasses a day, and, if you exercise vigorously, you may need more.  (In the Michigan Tech residence hall dining centers students are welcome to fill their waterbottles before leaving the dining hall.)
  • Stick to the basics
    • Try alternating in a vegetarian meal, include a tossed salad, try some fruit for dessert.
  • Listen to your body
    • Learn to eat until you're full, not too full, but full enough that you aren't hungry again in an hour.
  • Experience new foods and flavors
    • Fridays at the North Coast Grill and Deli in the Memorial Union is Khana Khazana, check out the exciting ethnic dishes cooked by fellow classmates from around the world.
  • Establish a routine that works for you
    • Be sure to make time to eat three meals a day and find some healthy snacks to keep with you.
  • Avoid the all-nighter jitters
    • Large quantities of caffeine are not good for anyone.  Instead try fueling up with lean proteins, fruits or vegetables for your study session.
  • Stay fit
    • Find an activity such as a PE class, intramural sports, a membership at a gym on or off campus or find a friend to go walking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing.  The area is nothing short of opportunities.

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