The Freshman Fifteen: Tips For Good Eats!

The Freshman Fifteen: Tips For Good Eats!

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The Freshman Fifteen: Tips For Good Eats!
By: D. Sharon Pruitt – CC BY 2.0

The Freshman Fifteen: Tips For Good Eats!

Eating healthy is not just a choice, it is a lifestyle. You are what you eat. In other words, what you eat determines how you feel, how much energy you have, how happy you are, your level of self confidence, and your ability to maintain the active lifestyle needed for a college career.

Eat affordably, exercise frequently, and use all of the following tips. There are no excuses for letting your budget get in the way of eating right in college!

Aren’t you happy you don’t have to live off of ramen noodles for the remainder of your college career? You should be! I have found and researched different means that will help you find or create the delectable and affordable lifestyle that you desire.

Don’t “Do Lunch Everyday”:

Don’t make meeting with friends for lunch a daily social actvity. Although, we all know how enjoyable it is do meet with friends for pleasant distraction, good conversation, and unhealthy food. The alternative for meeting during lunch would be to participate in other social means. For example, intramural sports are a great way to meet new people, get in shape, and feel good about yourself.

Drink a “skinny girl” at the bar:

A “skinny girl” is simply a slang term for vodka soda. Add a squeeze of lime and you’ve got yourself a tasty alcoholic drink with the least amount of calories. Mixing alcohol with sugar soda is one of the worst mistakes you can make. There is a ton of sugar and the hangover in the morning with be dreadful. Never miss your morning workout because you’re hungover!

Great healthy snack ideas include:

  • Granola bars
  • Low-fat microwave popcorn
  • Dried or canned fruit
  • Cans of tuna, chicken or beans
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Whole grain cereals

A few tips to shop affordably:

  • Replace soda and other sugary beverages with water
  • Find out where local farmer’s markets are to purchase fruits and vegetables at better prices
  • Get a Costco card and buy in bulk
  • Eat at home

Now, if you have the time (and the kitchen) to cook extensively, I highly recommend www.brokeassgourmet.com. This collaboration of recipes holds secrets to five star dining with prices of ingredients listed.

College is a time to experience a lifestyle of freedom and fun, but that does not mean your body has to pay the price. Remember, a great body never goes out of style!

Becca Eisenberg is the director of media relations with www.Idsavings.com, a website about college discounts orange county.