Eating a healthy diet is one of the most common challenges that college students face. Limited by either time or money, these constraints prevent most students from eating the nutritious diet that their strained brains deserve. Did you struggle to eat as healthy as you wanted to this past semester? The good news is that there’s always this summer (and next semester), and eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean adhering to a strict diet.
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The food that you put into your body directly affects the energy that you’re going to get out of it. Naturally, we’re all taught about the value of nutrition from a relatively early age, but it’s not until most people reach young adulthood that they begin to truly understand the importance of eating the right foods and drinking the right beverages.
Again, eating reasonably healthy doesn’t have to be a painstaking challenge. There are many simple, everyday things you can do to help put the right fuel into your body, and with swimsuit season on the horizon this summer, we couldn’t think of a better time present several healthy eating tips.
Here are some great ideas to help put that kitchen to use at our Kent student apartments. Remember, we are not registered dieticians, so if you have legitimate concerns about your diet, please seek advice from a medical professional.
Eat Something At The Start Of Each Day
This may not sound very helpful, but it’s important not to overlook the importance of breakfast. This cliche really rings true because by eating something after you wake up, you’re helping “set” your metabolism for the day by telling your body to begin processing and digesting some food. Studies have also shown that eating breakfast leads to better memory and concentration as well. It also helps remove “bad” cholesterol and can even help you lose weight, believe it or not.
At the very least, stock your apartment kitchen with a hand of bananas or some date-based granola bars. You’ll feel better and ready to tackle the day after some morning nutrition.
Think About What You Can Eat, Not What You Can’t Eat
When sticking to a particular diet or trying to eat as healthy as possible, it’s all too easy to rule out the delicious foods we love in favor of bland, tasteless produce. However, you should know that it doesn’t have to be this way. While you should avoid processed foods in general, it’s much better to mix in vegetables and whole foods with said processed foods than it is to eat processed foods with no added healthy foods. This way, you’re still receiving essential vitamins and minerals found in…well, real food.
Embrace The Power Of Beans And Rice
Ramen might be the go-to cheap meal for many college students, at least, stereotypically speaking. Needless to say, ramen mostly consists of empty carbs and a whole lot of sodium, so you’ll want something with more protein and complex carbohydrates…something like rice and beans.
Not only do these foods have an incredible shelf life, but they’re quite cheap, especially when purchased in bulk. Throw in a handful or two of spinach in your bowl of beans and rice and you have a nutritionally complete and cheap meal to enjoy.
Stock Up On Some Hot Sauces
Okay, maybe eating beans and rice multiple times a week isn’t the most appetizing thing. That’s fair, and that’s why we recommend stocking your fridge with hot sauces (that is, if you like spicy food). Hot sauces are an easy way to add a lot of flavor and heat to just about any food, and they’ll make ramen, rice, beans, or whatever you’re eating more palatable. Plus, you can use different types of hot sauce to make the same food taste different if you’re eating a lot of it (which, if you’re trying to save money, you probably are).
Most of us don’t drink enough water. Though water might not be “food,” ample hydration is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle along with exercise and mental stimulation. If you don’t already have a reusable water bottle, we strongly recommend getting one and bringing it with you almost anywhere you go.
Drinking plenty of water will make sure that your metabolism levels are strong and that you’re efficiently digesting your food. Intermittent sips of water during a meal can also help you feel more full.
Avoid Sugary Beverages
On a note related to water, make sure that water is the primary beverage that you put into your body. Soda and alcoholic beverages aren’t just packed full of sugar and empty calories, but they’ll also dehydrate you. Treat beverages that aren’t water or simple herbal tea as an occasional treat instead of an everyday drink.
Incorporate Frozen Fruits And Vegetables Into Your Meals
Going to the grocery store multiple times a week is tough when you’re a busy college student, even in the summer as a part-time student. If you can only make it once a week or even once every couple of weeks, make sure to stock up on frozen vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious foods that will keep for a long time. This way, you can heat them up at your convenience and add them to whatever else you’re eating.
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