School has started again, which means it is back to my busy schedule! I am a senior this year completely excited (and a little nervous) that I only have this semester and spring semester left! Since I am so busy with work and school, it is important I maintain a healthy diet so I can keep up my energy and stamina to get through various tasks, not to mention I am running my first half marathon in a little over a month!
When I first came to college, I was so excited that I would be on my own and thought that meant I could eat whatever I wanted without my parents “forcing” me to eat a balanced diet. That meant my regular breakfast routine included giant bagels with cream cheese and my lunch might have been a bag of chips on the go. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is important to eat those things in moderation. As much as we all hated hearing “eat your vegetables” while growing up, it’s actually beneficial to our health, especially when you get so busy and a little stressed in college. You want to make sure you are eating a balanced diet so your body doesn’t get sick, etc.
You will find lots of wonderful dining options on campus, not to mention Boulder is a health food hotspot complete with many grocery stores and restaurants offering healthy and organic fare. The dining halls offer a variety of meals and always have a salad bar, so it’s easy to eat healthy. They also use organic and local ingredients as much as possible. You can eat anything from sushi to make-your-own pasta dishes all in the dining halls!
Since I no longer live on campus, I make sure to bring lots of snacks with me so I can munch on healthy things while I attend class all day. One recommendation I have to make packing healthier food options easier is buying divided plastic containers you can carry in your bag or backpack. You will see what I pack below:
Photo 1: Cucumber & hummus bagel, carrots, mixed nuts, grapes, granola, Greek yogurt
Photo 2: Hummus, mixed nuts, carrots, string cheese wrapped with deli meat
Using snack size baggies works just as well as using containers if you don’t have room. This way, your snacks are portioned and you don’t have to make a pit stop for a candy bar on your way to class. (Something I’m guilty of doing many times)
Just remember: as school starts, we all get busy with various things. As long as you’re fueling your body with the necessary nutrition to keep it going, you’ll be able to conquer your tasks and stay on top of things!
Think of some of your favorite “healthy” snacks or meals and prepare them in advance to enjoy throughout the week!