Monday, December 10, 2012

Finals Week

Well, Finals Week is here! This time of year, long study sessions lead to late night pizza runs.

Will my ability to eat healthy and cheap be disrupted by such  a hectic week? NO! Even though it will be hard, there are still ways to maintain a healthy lifetstyle. If that means that I will only eat at the salad bar or a 6 in Subway sub, then so be it.

In fact, there are healthy cafeteria options to enjoy as enjoy. Here are some of my tips to healthily navigate through a school's cafe:
  • Enjoy the salad bars and baked potato bars. Load up on leafy vegetables, beans, tuna, and tofu. Choose items such as nuts or avocados for a  little "good" fat and go easy on the dressing
  • Choose lean, grilled chicken and fish over meat if possible. sometimes, the Salisbury Steak special is laced with sodium 
  • Avoid the "grill" lines that offer pizza, nachos, and burgers.
  • Ask the chef to hold the butter, oil, mayonnaise, sour cream, and cheese or cream based sauces
  • If possible, choose whole wheat rolls over standard rolls, biscuits, and cornbread
  • Watch your toppings! Cheese, bacon, dressings, and extra add-on are delicious but come with additional calories, sodium, carbohydrates, and fat
  • Pass on high calorie, low nutrient foods such as sugary cereals, ice-cream, cakes, cookies, and other sweet treat. Instead, choose fruit and low fat yogurt to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
  • Choose milk and water over sodas, juices, and sweetened teas
With these tips, eating healthy (even during finals season) should be a breeze! To those of you in the same position, feel free to share your tips on how you eat both cheaply and nutritiously during finals seasons

-Eating Clean in College

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