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3 Tips and 3 Quick Meal Recipes for Good Eating in Housing for College Students

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housing for college studentsOur housing for college students has nice cooking facilities, but as they say, you can lead a cook to the stove, but… OK, that’s a mixed metaphor, but the reality is that most college students are new to the independent dining experience.

Here are three tips to get you on track for healthier eating to keep both the waist line and the food bill down:

1. Eat breakfast.

When you skip breakfast, your scholastic performance slips. In a rush? Grab a bagel, a piece of fruit or a quick glass of juice. Stock up on instant oatmeal for a two-minute breakfast fix, which will carry you through the morning lectures and labs.

2. Limit your sugar and alcohol intake and drink lots of water.

Alcohol is full of calories, but those calories are empty. Likewise sugar adds more calories but not many nutrients. Also, staying fully hydrated is important to your overall health, especially if you exercise or study late at night.

3. Satisfy the munchies by keeping healthy snacks on hand.

You don’t have to pig out on a bag of high-calorie chips after that heavy bout of studying. There are more filling and nutritious alternatives. They include fresh or dried fruit, pretzels, unbuttered popcorn, rice cakes, or whole-wheat crackers. Keep raw vegetables with low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese dip to satisfy those late-night cravings.

Here are three do-it-yourself cooking ideas you can whip up in your housing for college students kitchen:

1. Try this anytime egg dish

If you have leftovers in the fridge that need to be cooked–onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cheese, ham, etc., mix them with 6-8 eggs, a half-cup of milk, salt, pepper and 4 cups of leftovers. In a lightly coated 8-inch baking pan, mix the leftovers and pour on the beaten eggs. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.

2. Fill up but don’t pig out on lunch

Your ingredients are one English muffin, a quarter cup of low-fat cottage cheese, 2 slices of tomato, a quarter of an avocado, a tablespoon of spicy brown mustard, a leaf of butter lettuce, and a tablespoon of chives.

That all adds up to just 398 calories. Still a bit hungry? Add a banana and a square of chocolate, which adds less than 200 calories more.

3. Feel like eating Chinese tonight?

There’s nothing like a great low-calorie stir-fry to awaken those taste buds and satisfy that craving for rice and all things Chinese. You’ll need one cup of rice. Follow the directions on the box and set the cooked rice aside.

You’ll need a large coated skillet over medium-high heat. Cook up the chicken until it is brown and then add the vegetables. Dollop out the rice on your plates and top it with the chicken and veggie mix.

Stop and smell the cooking

It is easy to get caught up in the rush, eat junk on the run, and miss out on the good nutrition to keep those brain cells working at peak performance. The best “homework” you can do is concentrate on eating well. Learn to enjoy the eating experience as something many steps past just “fueling up.” Your brain cells will thank you.

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