15 Dec Winter Break Eats For College Students
By Lexi Orlan, Contributing Blogger
College students often associate winter break with the holiday season, indulging in mom’s home cooked meals, grazing on many hors d’oeuvres, and packing our plates with casseroles. However, it is still important to put your health first this winter season. Instead of reaching for that eggnog, follow these simple tips to eat healthfully this winter:
- Meal plan & prep: This is an easy way to organize your eating schedule and make sure the food you eat is nourishing and portion controlled. Use this time to prep extra meals and freeze them for when you return to school or work.
- Go for the produce: Whether it’s persimmons, pomegranates or blood oranges, there is a ton of in-season winter produce available! Try to eat at least 5 servings of seasonal produce (fruit or vegetables) per day.
- Crudité over charcuterie: When you’re at that holiday party, fill up on the veggies before the other options. Vegetables contain fiber that fills you up, making you less to over-indulge in the unhealthy foods.
- Drink more water: Drink a glass of water before every meal. Not only will the extra hydration make you feel more energized, but it will also prevent you from over-eating!
These tips will certainly help you to eat healthfully this winter. But remember, you can use these tips any time of the year!
Lexi Orlan is a senior dietetics major at the University of Delaware. She hopes to become a registered dietitian and use her passion for food and health to better others’ lives.