Do You Know 23 Healthy BLD Tricks to Surviving College?
The life of a college student is one of endless fun, deadlines, and new experiences. It’s fair to say though that it’s also pretty unhealthy for most people, as students struggle to get by without yummy home-cooked meals – a hedonistic partying lifestyle and lots of hangover junk food. That being said, despite what you might think, college might actually be a great time to start making healthy life choices, especially at breakfast, lunch and dinner (BLD). And it isn’t necessarily very hard to eat right, so ditch all those cans of fizzy pop, frozen pizzas and microwavable meals and enjoy the 23 BLD tips to help you survive college and come out the other side healthy!
#1 Eat a Good One
Kick-start your metabolism in the morning and keep yourself fueled until lunch with a decent brekkie. Don’t skip it!
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#2 Learn To Cook Eggs
Cheap, easy and nutritious, there’s a reason why eggs are a student staple. Really lazy? Boil or bake a dozen at once to eat throughout the week.
#3 Long Live Avocado Toast
Every modern student should know how to make the hipster breakfast. Just mash up an avocado and stick it on a slice of toasted wholemeal, or if you’re feeling fancy, experiment with crazy toppings.
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#4 Green Breakfast Smoothie
You can easily prep a vat of yummy smoothie in advance. Get three of your 5-a-day and try an awesome energy boosting mix of almond milk, peanut butter, banana, mixed berries, flaxseed and spinach.
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#5 Overnight Oats
If you’re unfamiliar with overnight oats, it’s time to get acquainted. It’s simple: healthy oatmeal that’s left in some kind of liquid overnight will plump up extra fluffy & creamy, and is a morning time-saver since it’s already ready to go when you wake up. There’s a ton of savoury and sweet recipes to try out there too!
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#6 Keep Caffeine To a Minimum
Coffee may be a great pick-me-up but a lot of students probably consume way too much, (and spend too much money!), leaving them jittery and dehydrated. If you’re an addict try and cut back to one a day and avoid late night beverages over last-minute revision.
#7 Fill a Bottle
Bring a reusable water bottle around with you all day and sip regularly. A cool glass of water in the morning too will help wake you up and rehydrate your body after hours of sleeping!
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#8 Natural Peanut Butter
Invest in a tub of the good stuff for when you need to make the quickest breakfast ever before running out the door.
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#9 The Toasted Sandwich
You can’t go wrong with a toasty, especially if it’s as healthy for you as it is damn delicious. Lay off all the dressings, sauces and cheese, and concentrate on getting lots of veg and protein between those wholewheat bread slices.
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The same goes for wraps too. Hey, how about ditching the carb heavy wrap altogether and using a lettuce leaf instead?
#11 Snack The Right Way
Wave goodbye to chocolate bars and sweets, and say hello to tasty trail mixes & dried fruit to fill you up and help your concentration. Reach for natural sugar-rich fruit like bananas, blueberries and oranges for an energy boost.
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Full of calcium and vitamins, milk is a much better choice than a fizzy drink when the afternoon slump hits. Just make sure you choose a semi-skimmed or skimmed variety.
#13 Know Your Beans
Beans and lentils are cheap to buy and can make a quick and nutritious addition to almost any meal or can be enjoyed on their own. And did you know that the student classic, baked beans on toast, is actually quite a healthy dish, especially if you use wholemeal bread, and low-fat spread?
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#14 Eat ‘Brain’ Food
Give your grey matter the energy it needs during the day with proteins from lean meat, fish and eggs, fruit, green leafy veg, nuts and whole grains.
#15 Invest In Tupperware
Get yourself a set of these to organise your meals, store leftovers, and most importantly, bring a homemade lunch with you. Save yourself money and eat right by not buying lunch out every day and packing one instead.
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#16 Master The Almighty Stir Fry
Quick and easy to cook with, stir frying is also pretty good for you, because your food retains more nutrients and it only requires a small amount of oil. We recommend coconut or peanut oil!
#17 Homemade Pizza
While college is commonly a time of interminably free, frozen and fast-food pizza, there’s no reason why you can’t learn a couple of decent healthy pizza recipes. See, pizza can be good for you!
#18 Sweet Potato Fries
Just like pizza, fries are traditionally an all too regular part of the student diet. Rustling up a handful of much more beneficial sweet potato fries can come in real handy.
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#19 Chicky Chicky Chicken
You can’t go far wrong with chicken breasts, and with so many ways to cook them from stir fries to fajitas, they should be a go-to protein choice and always in stock in your fridge or freezer.
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#20 Holy Guacamole!
Who doesn’t love guac? Learn how to make it for parties and snacks!
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#21 Fried Rice
You might think “fried rice” and “healthy” couldn’t possibly exist in the same sentence, but you’d be wrong. The key to healthifying your side is using brown rice, swapping vegetable oil for unrefined coconut oil, and throwing in extra veggies.
Okay, we know, steering completely clear of a tipple or two is pretty much impossible in college. But when it comes to responsible and healthy drinking, you should aim to put a few limits in place. For example, opt for low calorie mixers with your spirits or choose a light beer.
#23 Love The ‘Reduced To Clear’ Section!
When you’re on your way home from a late night in the library, say no to the takeaway and instead go raid the ‘reduced to clear’ section in your supermarket. You’ll find you can get all the good healthy ingredients you need and save yourself a pretty penny!