Eating Healthy In Your Dorm

College brings a whirlwind of changes as you accustom yourself to an ever-changing schedule and a new environment, especially if you choose to live on campus. While college cafeterias offer a wide range of options, from pizza, milkshakes, to all-you-can-eat salad bars, these choices aren’t the healthiest. With careful planning, eating healthy in your dorm becomes realistic and necessary to sound health and academic success.

 

The Importance Of Accessibility
Especially during nights when you’re preoccupied writing a paper or studying for multiple exams, it’s crucial to have a readily accessed stock of food kept in your dorm fridge or on your shelves. Though your cafeteria might operate 24/7, note that healthy options are often scarce. Save yourself a trip to the cafeteria and energize your study sessions with the following foods:

 

Fresh fruit. While candy bars tempt you with their rich sweetness, know that they only provide a temporary rush of sugar, causing you to later “crash” and feel more exhausted than before. Fruits such as apples, bananas, mangoes, pears, and oranges are inexpensive and easily stored in your dorm for quick retrieval and snacking. Alternatively, you can keep dry fruit like mango slices in airtight containers, but look for unhealthy ingredients like processed sugar as you shop for snacks.

 

Nut butters. Peanut and almond butter provide plenty of calories and protein without the grease and unhealthy fats so prevalent in cafeteria pizzas. Nut butters are easily stored in dorms at room temperature, providing a lasting source of energy that saves time otherwise spent on unnecessary shopping trips.

 

Yogurt. If your dorm contains a small refrigerator, stock up on small packs of yogurt for a refreshing dose of probiotics, calcium, and protein to replenish your energy. Plain Greek yogurt remains the healthiest option at around 100 calories and 18 grams of protein a serving.

 

Popcorn. Without butter, popcorn contains lesser calories than most other snacks while offering a high degree of antioxidants, making it a feasible source of energy if your dorm has a microwave.

 

Water. Excessive consumption of caffeine and energy drinks like Red Bull often results in dehydration, sleep deprivation, and perpetual tiredness that adversely affect your studies. Packs of water bottles stored in your closet or on your shelf serve as a healthier, calorie-free alternative.

 

Like studying for a test, a small amount of planning when it comes to readily stocked food highly contributes to long-term college success. Not only do you equip yourself for scholastic success, but you also equip your body to fight off potential illnesses. Uptown Emergency Room stresses the importance of college nutrition to prevent potentially serious health problems. If you are located within the Dallas area, call us at (214) 217-1818.