Healthy College Cookbook

The Dreaded Freshman 15

Have you ever heard of the freshman 15?  It’s common for college freshman to gain 15 pounds during their first year of college.

Yes, I said 15 POUNDS!  Why, you ask?  Well, it’s quite simple really.  Mom and Dad are no longer there to cook those nutritious meals any longer.  You’re on your own buddy.

“All-You-Can-Eat” Meal Card

Typically, each student will get a meal card as part of their housing costs.  This card will allow you to eat at most (if not all) of the dining halls on campus.

Cool, right?  Sort of, until those pounds start adding up.  I’m not trying to scare you, I definitely want you to take advantage of all the various food options on campus…just try not to eat hamburgers, fries, and chicken nuggets every day. Deal?

Below I’ll give you some tips from my healthy college cookbook.  I reared more on the healthy side here.  Don’t get mad at me.  You’re probably going to be eating relatively unhealthy in the dining halls, so it’s probably a good idea to have some healthy food items in your dorm room.

The Healthy College Cookbook

If you live in a dorm, which most freshman do, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to really cook full meals.  Most of the meals that you eat in your dorm room will really be snacks or light meals that don’t require a lot of prep time and a full kitchen.

Therefore, this list will consist of ready-to-eat snacks or items that can easily be stored and put in the microwave when you’re ready for them.  You can bring these items with you to campus or pick them up when you get there at the local grocery store or Wal-Mart.

Here’s the list:

  • Fruit Cups
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Nature Valley Bars
  • Tuna
  • Soup
  • Turkey
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Light popcorn
  • Water
  • Iced tea
  • Crystal light
  • Sugar-free popsicles
  • String Cheese
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Nuts
  • Granola bars
  • Sun Chips
  • 100 calorie snack packs

Now, by no means am I the expert on this…so I’m including the below video on how to eat healthy on a college budget.

Why Exercising in College Is Important

Not only will exercising in college help defend you against the “freshman 15,” but it will also help improve your overall health.

You’ll have a lot of challenges thrown your way as you make your way through college, but exercising regularly will help alleviate a lot of the stress that has the potential to affect your body physically.

What’s even better about exercising in college is that it’s FREE!  Try your best to make this an important part of your weekly schedule, you’ll look better and feel better.

Good Luck!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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