Healthy Food Alternatives to Eat in College

College students eating pizza

Put down that greasy pizza and rethink your food choices while you’re in college. // Photo Source: Cision News

The thing about living as a college student is that you often forgo eating proper meals for the sake of convenience. Thus, it’s not common for many college kids to constantly eat instant ramen noodles, pizza, take out, canned goods, and plenty of junk food. When you think about it, this kind of diet can have serious consequences on your body in the long term, so you need to rethink your food choices if you’ve noticed that your main sources of sustenance are the items mentioned above.

Sure, you might not have that much money and you’re mostly relying on your college meal plan. But there are affordable and healthy alternatives you can do to improve your eating habits in college, such as the suggestions and recipes featured below.

Fruits

Citrus-Infused Strawberries

Citrus-Infused Strawberries // Photo Source: Fitness And Feta

Even the most hardcore of carnivores can’t resist the allure of fruits. For one thing, they’re versatile because they generally need no preparation and they can double as an all-day snack or as a dessert after a big meal. Depending on the season, you’ll get fresh and cheap fruits to munch on whenever you’re hungry, especially if you’re just holed up studying in your dorm room. The best ones to get for an average student budget are apples, bananas, oranges, and grapes. These four fruits pack lots of essential vitamins and nutrients to keep you energized and nourish your body from the inside out.

Easy Must-Try Fruit Recipes

Summer Salad with Fruit
Homemade Yogurt Parfait
Citrus-Infused Strawberries
Gingersnap-Banana Frozen Yogurt
Cinnamon Oranges

Vegetables

Classic Guacamole

Classic Guacamole // Photo Source: Road Trips ‘R Us

Next to fruits, vegetables are the easiest way to make your college diet healthy. The best thing about them is that they’re also affordable, provided you choose the ones that are in season. A simple way to incorporate more vegetables in your diet is by adding them to simple dishes like pasta. You can jazz up a humble bowl of macaroni and cheese when you add in some blanched carrots, potatoes, peas, and some fresh chopped tomatoes. But if you’re not in the mood to cook all the time, make sure to order take out that provides vegetable side dishes or a main dish that has a significant amount of veggies in it.

Easy Must-Try Vegetable Recipes

Chili-Spiked Sweet Potato Fries
Asparagus Ribbons
Grilled Carrots with Lemon and Dill
Classic Guacamole
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry

Protein and Carbohydrates

Garlic Chicken

Garlic Chicken // Photo Source: Things That Make People Go Aww

These two elements are the building blocks of energy for the body, and college students require plenty of energy to get them through their often hectic schedule. Items such as milk and trail mix are easy on the pocket and are good high-protein sources when you’re looking to find a filling snack. For regular meals, opt for chicken, fish, and lean cuts of pork or beef if your cafeteria serves them on that day’s menu. As for carbohydrates, you can easily stock up on whole wheat pasta and bread in your dorm. But if you are in the mood to splurge on something nice and healthy, you can find couscous or specialty rice to pair with that delicious takeout chicken you ordered.

Easy Must-Try Protein/Carbohydrate Recipes

Garlic Chicken
Honey Ginger Grilled Salmon
Pepperoni Chips
Italian Pasta Bake
Vietnamese Cauliflower Fried Rice

So with the awesome selections I’ve mentioned, I’m sure you’re going to have a great time indulging in your meals while studying with classmates or enjoying a relaxing weekend off from your classes.

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