Healthy College Eating Tips

You have the freedom to eat whatever you want. Be healthy and fit. Make choices that support optimal physical and mental health. Here are some proven strategies:

  • Eat a nourishing breakfast
    • Want good grades? Studies show that skipping breakfast detracts from scholastic achievement.
  • Visit the salad bar
    • Leafy greens, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits are beneficial. But choosing creamy dressings, bacon bits, and mayonnaise-based salads means the calories and fat can equal or even exceed the counts in a burger and fries. Watch portions, and check out our oil and vinegar and fat-free dressings.
  • Drink water
    • Your body needs at least eight glasses a day, and, if you exercise vigorously, you may need more. You're welcome to fill your water bottle before you leave the dining hall. 
  • Add variety, and simple foods
    • Switch it up by trying a vegetarian meal. Or include a green salad. Try fruit for dessert.
  • Listen to your body
    • You can learn to eat until you're full—not stuffed, 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 check out Khana Khazana, ethnic dishes cooked by your fellow classmates from around the world.
  • Establish a routine that works for you
    • Make time to eat three meals a day and find healthy snacks you can carry with you.
  • Avoid the all-nighter jitters
    • Whether in coffee or soft drinks, large quantities of caffeine aren't healthy. Period. Fuel up with lean proteins, fruits, and veggies for your study session instead.
  • Stay active
    • Find an activity. There are a lot of options, from PE classes to intramural sports, or a membership at a gym on or off campus. Find find a friend to go walking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing. You'll maintain mental focus as well as physical wellbeing.

USDA Healthy Eating Resources For 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