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Smart Eating Tips for College Students

Feb 1, 2022

Between juggling a full class schedule, studying, sleeping, and maintaining your social life, carving out time for meals in college often falls on the back burner. This hits especially hard if you’re commuting to school, attending virtually, living off-campus, or not on your university’s meal plan. 

Getting to the grocery store isn’t always a reality for students, especially those without a ride in more rural or suburban areas. And even if you can get yourself there, prep, cooking, and cleaning is tricky with a touch-and-go schedule and limited living space (hello, roomies!) If this routine is regularly replaced by a last-minute study sesh, an internship, or other extracurriculars, we have some A+ advice to keep your meals on the right track. 

1. Eat a Filling Breakfast 

Sorry to disappoint, but a large coffee from Dunkin’ won’t cut it. If you usually run late to your morning lecture, you’re probably no stranger to skipping your first meal. This might get you to class on time, but won’t work wonders for your focus throughout the day. Why? Breakfast is brain food! According to the Cleveland Clinic, eating breakfast can help reduce brain fog and boost your energy levels. If you’re in a pinch, make protein-powered and fiber-filled meals that are easy to prep!

Good eats incoming:
  • Overnight oats with berries is an easy, hearty meal if you have time to make it the evening before.
  • Whole grain toast with a schmear of nut butter and bananas is a great option for grab-and-go.
  • Two hard-boiled eggs, your cheese of choice, and an apple is an amazing breakfast to quickly prepare and pack!

2. Keep Satisfying Snacks on Hand

Do you have a full library day ahead of you? Three back-to-back seminars? Sounds exhausting... but snacks can help! By bringing along light bites, you can power through your classes and prevent energy slumps later on. Greek yogurt and granola, apples with peanut butter, and nuts are a few balanced and nutritious noshes that will keep you full for longer. Pro tip: Make sure your snacks are also low in sugar to prevent that midday crash! 

3. Stick to Seltzer and Water 

Calling all La Croix lovers! If you’re grabbing a drink from the vending machine, opt for light-colored beverages. Instead of soda and sugary sports drinks, select seltzer, water, or kombucha. Before leaving your dorm or apartment, fill a reusable bottle with infused water or make a thermos of green tea to take with you. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day (and to keep those Red Bull jitters away!)

4. Order Prepared Meals 

The kitchens of many college students are stocked with ramen, microwavable mac, and frozen pizza. (No judgment, we’ve all been there.) However, if you’re looking for a more balanced lunch or dinner, a prepared meal delivery service might be a tasty, time-saving solution. Freshly offers over 50 delicious (and nutritious) meals to choose from—all delivered fresh to your door each and every week. Whether you’re craving classic comfort food, plant-based options, or satisfying proteins, we’ve got you covered. Have class in 20 minutes? No worries—your Freshly meal is ready in just 3.

With these tips (and some extra help from Freshly), you’re all set to ace your meal schedule!

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Smart Eating Tips for College Students