Healthy Meal Plan for College Students

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Healthy Meal Plan for College Students
Fresh fruit is a healthy and quick option for college students. (fruit salad with mixed fruit close up image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)

College is an expensive endeavour that often leaves students with little money for food. This does not mean that a college student should skimp on nutrition. The fact is that there are many healthy meal plan options that are available that do not cost a lot of money. Eating healthy will help ward off the "freshman 15" that many students gain during their first semesters at college

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Breakfast Choices

There are many healthy breakfast choices that are available to college students. Cereal is an easy choice that offers plenty of nutrition. Make the choice a meal by combining it with low fat milk and some fruit on the side. For a warmer choice, substitute oatmeal for cold cereal and add a piece of toast. Eggs are another healthy choice and can be cooked in a mug, in the microwave. For variety, add low fat cheeses or veggies to the eggs.

Lunch Choices

A college student has many meal plan choices when it comes to lunch plans. Peanut butter and whole grain bread provides both fibre and protein. Fresh fruit rounds out the meal, as does a cup of low fat yoghurt. Another nutritious meal is tuna as it is low in fat and high in nutrition. Prepare a tuna salad with reduced fat mayonnaise. The salad can be eaten with whole grain crackers or rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla.

Dinner Choices

Dinner is a meal that allows many choices for a college student. There is no reason for a student to eat out each night. Anyone with a microwave, toaster oven or crock pot can make a delicious and nutritious meal. Make a homemade soup in the crock pot and add plenty of vegetables for additional nutrition and taste. Make a small pan of vegetable lasagne and share it with others. Use spinach, tomatoes and zucchini and whole grain lasagne noodles and low fat cheese to complete the dish.

Snack Choices

A late night of studying does not mean that a student has to eat unhealthy snacks. Keep plenty of bottled water on hand for hydration and fresh fruit for snacking. Additional options include low fat microwave popcorn, which adds fibre, and low fat cheese that can be paired with whole grain crackers. Dried fruits and nuts are another healthy snack option for college students.

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