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.

USDA Healthy Eating Resources Geared Towards College Students

Be Choosy In the Dining Hall

Stay Fit on Campus

Enjoy Your Food

Add More Vegetable

Make Better Beverage Choices

Build a Healthy Meal

Mini Fridge Makeover