3 Simple Hacks to College Eating

As students, we may not have the means or the agency to eat like Gwyneth Paltrow, and the prospect of planning out a nutritional schedule is often too much to digest. However, while healthy eating habits take a little thought and planning, developing and maintaining them doesn’t have to be hard.

Here are a few easy-to-remember “life-hack’s” I've accrued to balance those hungover waffle brunches at Wilbur and the Nutella spoonfuls that provided a blissful nightcap a few hours prior. Give them a shot, because when others see you exercising them, their eyes will widen and their lips will part, and you will be the one surviving the sail, rather than walking the plank. 

In case you do not believe in modern scurvy, click here to see out what happened to the poor soul at The University of York. 


#1: Hitting Up Your Local Grocery Store: The anatomy of a healthy dorm room snack drawer.  

A round trip to and from Trader Joe’s is approximately 45 minutes, including shopping time and check-out. Here are three staples that should always be on your shopping list. 

RAW ALMOND BUTTER: Rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin E and flavanoids, raw almond butter reduces cholesterol and keeps the heart pumping. It is also delicious when smeared on a bagel or dolloped into a cup of applesauce. 

FLAX CRACKERS: Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for overall brain health (which we certainly want to optimize, especially during midterms). "Mary's Gone Crackers" are a personal favorite. 

GREEK YOGHURT (for those with mini-fridges): Loaded with B12 and healthy probiotics that quickly settle an upset stomach, greek yoghurt specifically has one of the highest protein intakes per serving size, which keeps you full until your last morning class lets out. 

#2: Always bring an avocado. 

THANKS TO Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we know to always bring a towel. But when concerning the sometimes underwhelming meals at college dining halls, always having an avocado on hand might be more helpful.  Avocados are packed with fiber, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids, are easy to digest, and fortify the stomach with healthy calories to support a night of drinking or paper-writing. I suggest buying them during your weekly trip to the grocery store (a pack of four at Trader Joe's costs just $3.49) and refrigerating them until use. They will add to any meal so you won't have to leave the dining hall hungry. 

#3: Overnight Oats, Meet Chia Pudding.

EVER WONDERED about the mushy substance that guy in your earth systems class eats out of a recycled peanut butter jar? It's probably an oatmeal-meets-chia-seed concoction and it probably tastes like chai-tea in food form. It also probably makes for one spectacularly nutritious breakfast. No wonder this kid turns compost like a puma searches for its dinner. 

And you can too. Throw some oatmeal and chia seeds (for an extra oomph of fiber and pudding-like consistency) into a jar with any kind of milk and spice flavorings of your choice. Leave in the fridge overnight, and witness the magical transformation in the morning. If you're feeling creative, check out all the different options from The Oatmeal Artist - the amount of possible recipes will astound you. 

WE HOPE you use these tips and tricks as winter quarter approaches. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.