It hasn’t been easy to keep a healthy diet during college. My love for pizza continues to grow each semester, and one slice is never enough. There are quite a few obstacles to eating healthy, starting with not enough time. In between classes, work, extracurriculars and trying to work out, there is very little time to spend in the kitchen actually cooking a healthy meal instead of just heating up some Kraft Easy Mac.
Another obstacle is money—it isn’t cheap to eat clean when you’re living on a college budget. As a student, you’re self-trained to look for free food (which mainly includes free pizza).
Here are a couple of tricks and tips that will help you out.
1. Food replacement hacks
Cool trick I’m trying to do is replace unhealthy foods with healthier foods. For example: replacing rice with quinoa, vegetable oil with coconut oil, croutons with almonds, flour with coconut flour, peanut butter with almond butter and milk with almond milk. There are just some examples of changes you can make to your diet, but there are so many more you can research online or ask a dietician.
2. Don’t restrict yourself completely
It’s okay to have that slice of pizza every once in awhile, or to treat yourself with some Chipotle after taking a deadly exam. It’s all about portions and discipline when it comes to clean eating. So have a small dessert after lunch or dinner!
3. Make a list, and stick to it
Make a list of all the food you want to shop for at the supermarket, and stick to it. If Pop-Tarts are not on your list, do not gravitate towards the Pop-Tart aisle. The best way to go is to make the list when you’re not extremely hungry and craving fatty food. Make sure to include a reasonable budget to the end of your list, and stick to that, as well. If you’re looking for healthy food recipes and helpful grocery lists, I recommend checking out Pinterest.
Who doesn’t love potlucks? They’re a great way to try new foods, share some laughs with friends, and best of all, it’s free food and there’s always leftovers. Plan weekly fun potlucks with your friends at the end of the week, to make sure you have food for the weekend.
Other helpful tips: Don’t go grocery shopping while hungry and always cook extra, so you have leftovers for the next day or two. Cheers to clean eating!
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