5 ways col­lege stu­dents can eat healthy

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If asked to re­flect on their col­lege years, many grad­u­ates likely would not re­call healthy eat­ing habits. Col­lege stu­dents are of­ten pressed for time and short on funds, so a nu­tri­tious diet is of­ten sac­ri­ficed for the sake of con­ve­nience and cost.

But a healthy diet can help col­lege stu­dents han­dle the stresses of col­lege life more ef­fec­tively. The fol­low­ing are a hand­ful of easy ways col­lege stu­dents can im­prove their di­ets’ nu­tri­tional value with­out break­ing the bank.

* Eat break­fast.

A bowl of ce­real with some fresh fruit is not an es­pe­cially ex­pen­sive break­fast, but it can help col­lege stu­dents start their day off on an en­er­getic and healthy note.

* Snack healthy.

In­stead of be­ing at the mercy of vend­ing ma­chines, bring healthy snacks along dur­ing study ses­sions. Fresh fruit, raw vegeta­bles, Greek yo­gurt, and whole wheat crack­ers are just a few snacks that pack a more nu­tri­tious punch than tra­di­tional vend­ing ma­chine fare.

* Make pizza health­ier.

When or­der­ing a pizza, col­lege stu- dents can re­quest their pizza be pre­pared with whole wheat dough, which is health­ier than tra­di­tional pizza dough. In ad­di­tion, ask for less cheese and more tomato sauce. Such al­ter­ations are sim­ple and healthy with­out sac­ri­fic­ing taste.

* Scale back on sugar.

Col­lege stu­dents can cut back on their sugar in­take by avoid­ing sug­ary bev­er­ages, in­clud­ing soda and drinks like sweet­ened iced tea or le­mon­ade. Stu­dents look­ing to keep weight off and re­duce their sugar in­take can choose to drink their cof­fee black or with just light cream or fat-free milk to en­sure their morn­ing cup of joe is not con­tribut­ing to a big­ger waist­line.

* Drink more wa­ter.

The symp­toms of de­hy­dra­tion mimic those of hunger, and col­lege stu­dents might turn to snacks when all they re­ally need is a glass of wa­ter. If you find your­self snack­ing shortly af­ter eat­ing a meal, then you might just need to drink more wa­ter.

Few col­lege stu­dents pri­or­i­tize healthy eat­ing habits. But there are some in­ex­pen­sive ways for on-the-go stu­dents to en­joy healthy di­ets.

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