How to Eat Healthy in College

It’s that time of year again, school is finally here! As schools across the country begin
to start up, students who wish to eat healthy are faced with the challenge of
finding clean food to eat. Questions such as…. what meal plan to get? What
foods to keep in the dorm? And how to get all of your daily meals in are
probably running through your head. This article is going to outline how to
manage your healthy eating while going to school and living on campus.

Meal Plans

Before you sign up for any meal plan first find out what your school offers. There are
probably a few different choices on campus so make sure you look at what each
place serves. This is exactly what I did. Luckily I found a few different
options on campus where I could get some food that would be suitable to my diet.
I went with the highest meal plan which offers 14 meals per week. In my opinion
the more meals you will be able to get from one of the campus dining halls the
better.

Grocery List

Since it’s very likely you will only be getting at the most two meals a day from one of
the dining halls, you are going to have to come up with another 3-5 more
meals/snacks on your own. To do this you will need to get your hands on a mini
fridge and a microwave. With those two devices you should be set.

 

Protein Source Options

– Whey protein powder

– Canned chicken

– Canned tuna

– Egg whites

– Protein Bars (last resort)

 

Carbohydrate Source Options

– Oatmeal

– Fruit

– Veggies

– Brown and Basmati rice (the bags are very convenient)

– Sweet and Russet Potatoes (can be made in the microwave)

– Ezekiel Bread

 

Healthy
Fat Source Options

– Natural Peanut Butter

– Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews

– Olive Oil

– Macadamia Nut Oil

Putting It All Together

Once you have the food you need all you have to do is put it together to meet your
needs. For this to work you are going to have to be creative and relay heavily
on the microwave. Here is how I manage my day cooking all of the food and planning
it out.

7:15 am- Wake up and make coffee.

7:20- Grab a can of chicken and drain it out. I also rinse
it with water to try and remove some of the sodium although I’m not really concerned
with my sodium intake but that’s another lecture for another time lol.

Note: The can of chicken says 13oz. When it is drained it yields
about 8oz worth of meat. (yes I measured)

7:25- Measure out my egg whites and oatmeal and cook them in
the microwave.

7:25 – I measure out about 3oz of chicken to have with my
egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast. The other 5oz I put in a Tupperware container
with brown or basmati rice to have for meal 2. I put that in the fridge.

Approximately 7:30- Eat Breakfast

*I take out the container of chicken and rice and take it
with me

10:30- Eat meal 2 of rice and chicken I made up earlier.

12:00-12:15- Go to the gym

1:30- Have a whey protein shake post workout with usually 2
bananas or an oats/banana combo. This was also prepared in the morning and
brought with me.

4:30- Go to one of the dining halls. The one I like to go to
grills up chicken breast, salmon and sometimes steak for you. I go and get
grilled chicken breast, a grilled portabella mushroom and a large green salad
with a bunch of veggies every time. My carb choice changes but it usually is a
potato, rice or whole wheat pasta.

7:30- Normally I go get food again from one of the dining
halls. I will get salmon or steak if it is offered the second time I go.
Everything else remains about the same.

10:30- I finish the day off with another protein drink with
oats and natural peanut butter mixed in.

*I carry around a gallon water jug too. I do this mostly to
look cool and earn the nickname “water jug”…. #hydration

Final Reflections

This past week I have answered numerous emails and questions about how to eat while
living in a dorm. I hope this article gives you guys a better understanding on
how it can be done effectively.

I also have great news for all students! Since I am a student I know how money can be
tight. Therefore I am giving all students 25% off all nutrition and training
plans.

If you want me to hook you up with a custom nutrition plan with all
the right macronutrients to help you reach your goals and also coach you on the
plan and make adjustments as necessary to keep you progressing, send me an
email at huntfitness@aol.com so I can get you started!

Join the HUNT!!!

Have a great School Year!

“One Dream, One Reality”

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About huntfitness

My name is Kyle Hunt, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and I am a Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. I own the fitness website Hunt Fitness. www.KyleHuntFitness.com

Posted on August 31, 2011, in Nutrition and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Kyle, just a food safety tip to augment your dietary advice. Put the canned meat in the fridge the night before so it has time to chill and is cold when you open it. It will stay safe much longer than at room temperature. Another way to help lengthen safe time out of refrigeration is to use lemon juice generously. Its acidic nature helps slow down bacterial growth.

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