Whether you are a freshman with on-campus housing and a dining plan or a senior in your own apartment, healthy eating at college is achievable and it doesn’t need to involve deprivation or dieting.
At the Dining Hall
• Make room for fruit: Most campus dining halls offer a variety of whole fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, and oranges as well as cut fruits like melon and berries. Add cut fruit to your salad, a bowl of yogurt or cereal or, for a sweet treat, pile berries onto a small bowl of frozen yogurt for dessert. Grab a few pieces of whole fruit to take with you as a simple and healthy snack on the go or in your dorm or apartment.
• Expand your horizons: Most dining halls offer an all-you-can-eat meal plan. Instead of overindulging use the opportunity to try new, healthy foods your may not have had before. Experiment with unsweetened milk alternatives like almond and coconut milk, whole grains and vegetables that are new to you.
• Mix and match: Grab the entrée of the day like a piece of grilled chicken or even a slice of pizza and pair it with a salad instead of sides like butter-laden veggies or french fries. You can even ask for a plain piece of chicken or steamed vegetables and make it tastier by heading to the pasta station for some tomato sauce to use as a topping.