Healthy Eating Tips for the New School Year

Today's blog post has been written by student, Kelly Gao!  As September comes to sight and summer is dwindling down, we all prepare for what seems like the busiest time of the year.  Stocking up on pens, paper, the latest school fashion, those fruit bites and cheese crackers, new backpacks or even preparing to get back into campus lifestyle again.

Meal planning can be tricky due to busy schedules for parents such as picking up kids for soccer or those extra grocery trips, and students often focus on many extracurricular activities as well as homework.  This busy life becomes especially true for university students heading out on their own.  Now that they have the healthy building blocks at home, how can they translate this to campus life?  Fortunately, no big life altering change is required to eat healthy during the school year.  All the small acts you do add up to ensure the optimal nutrition and performance in school.

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Healthy eating tips for this September on campus:

- Make larger meal portion for freezing, but make sure to have a fresh salad or fruit nearby (eg. chilis, stews, risotto,etc.)

- Plan your grocery list and never go shopping on an empty stomach

- Buy staples before every semester (rice, pasta, flour, sugar, salt, pepper) and always have eggs, milk, cucumber or broccoli on hand to create simple, nutritious and delicious quick meals

- Plan out meals for the week. You have a better idea for grocery shopping and is more likely to follow it rather than grabbing fast food

- Cook in large batches, things like chili, soup, spaghetti sauces and freeze into individually portioned ziplock bags.

- Have frozen vegetables on hand to add into, and increase the nutrition of those cheap, quick and easy meals like ramen noodles and frozen pizza.

- Eliminate junk food section of your shopping trip

- Cooking together with friends or roommates and sharing food around can brighten up the atmosphere as well as encourages healthy eating

- Try making meals from another culture or use a new vegetable to always keep your diet interesting

- Pack lunches based on ½ plate of vegetable, ¼ meats, ¼ grains, a fruit and either water or milk

- Do research ahead of the school year or the holiday season on healthy recipes.

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