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During the semester students are hard at work completing projects, homework and large amounts of studying all while attempting to maintain a school-life balance. Most college students cope with lots of stress and are often pressed for time to cook, usually eating ‘on the go’. Despite the challenges however, habits such as skipping meals and consuming unhealthy foods due to convenience, must go. College is a time of transition and growth and implementing a healthier lifestyle through new eating habits can help establish the balance we all crave! Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started on your healthy eating habits:

  1. Eat a good breakfast. It’s no joke that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you don’t have time to sit down for a meal, preparing some ready-to-go meals ahead of time such as bagels, apples or even overnight oatmeal will take you far!
  2. Keep healthy snacks on hand. This way, if hunger strikes, you won’t be tempted to indulge those overpriced vending machines. Possibilities include fresh or dried fruit, yogurt, pretzels and vegetables paired with hummus. Prepping beforehand is the key to healthy snacking!
  3. Drink lots of water. Drinking water throughout the day can be a struggle when you’re focused in class or work. To keep yourself hydrated, carrying along a water bottle to class or keeping it handy during those late-night study sessions are a fast way to ensure proper hydration.
  4. Enjoy your food. Regardless of what you decide to eat, food is a lot more than nourishment for our bodies, so take the time to enjoy it! Being present in your meals can help reduce overeating.

There is no denying that time management as a college student is difficult. Regardless of how much you need to study, setting time for adequate nourishment should always be factored into your daily plans. Quality meals that are high in nutrients can boost your academic performance, improve your mood and even help achieve a better sleep regimen. Eating nutritious food is a critical component to a successful higher education experience. So, the next time you feel pressure from the heavy school load, try these skills to help balance academics and nutrition in your daily routine

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