Recipe of the Week (College Edition): “Great Freshman Eats without the 15"

Keeping Up with the Huxtables called up the Culinary Goddess to give a few tips to Freshmen on what to eat to not gain that Freshmen 15! Please feel free to send this to any freshmen or students that you think might find this useful.

Culinary Goddess:

I remember beginning my collegiate experience like it was yesterday! Taking my first steps across the yard, watching the hustle and bustle of move-in, being warmed from the inside out by the overwhelming school spirit, hearing the calls of existing organizations echo through the air….and of course the never ending speeches about gaining the freshmen 15!!!! This week I’m going to give you a few tips on how to eat great and NOT gain the freshmen 15!

Tip 1: Use Your Meal Plan

Most schools have meal plans that are mandatory for first year students. And while you may not feel like it’s the cool thing to do, utilizing your meal plan is important to maintaining your health. The cafeteria is going to be filled with a variety of things which gives you more opportunity to make good eating choices. Try to have a piece of fresh fruit and a small salad a day, and balance your daily meals.

Tip 2: Eat Healthy Snacks

I know what it’s like to be up late in the library or computer lab trying to study or finish an assignment, and it almost feels natural to have a snack during these times. But that snack doesn’t have to be chips, candy, or cakes. You can just as easily have a bag of grapes, an apple, sun chips, or even the baked chips. Have a bottle of vitamin water instead of juice or soda. It’s better on your body to feed it healthy snacks than to get it accustomed to the greasy and fatty foods. Pack granola bars in your backpack instead of making the emergency run to McDonald's for a 20 piece!

Tip 3: Drink Water

As cliche as it sounds water helps to wash the impurities from your body, and is truly the only thing that can quench your thirst. The drinks with high sugar content only contribute to your thirst and cause you to drink more of them. But if you drink the recommended doses of water a day you will not only feel healthier but you’ll look it!

Tip 4: Limit Your Fast Food Intake

I know that it’s much easier to stand in line or go to the drive thru and grab a bite on the go, but it will catch up to you in the long run. It’s cool to eat fast food once in a while but don’t make it an everyday habit, and be selective in the fast food choices you make. Frequent the establishments that have the healthiest options and the freshest ingredients.

Tip 5: Exercise Regularly

I know you’ve probably been hearing this from everyone but it’s true…..exercise matched with healthy eating WILL help you to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. If you’re like me and not really into the gym use exercise tapes, or take local dance classes. It’s loads of fun and still gets the job done. If you honestly don’t have the time to set aside for this type of exercise, try walking when you have the opportunity to ride. As you’re standing at the shuttle stop walk to class instead, use the stairs instead of the elevator, and get your exercise this way. It may seem like a task but at the end of your freshmen year you’ll be happy NOT to have become a statistic!

Play Hard, Study Harder, Eat Well!!!!
Your Culinary Goddess



Bombchell said...

yeah when they said use your meal plan, i forgot the whole eat healthy part. talk about the freshman 30 (well more like college 40) lost 10 after college lol. guess i was super skinny b4 college lol

The Socialite said...

yeah I gained alot when I was in college, but I was super skinny before I got in. Nonetheless, I still gained weight. The bad part, is now it is hard to go back down! Damn those late nights to McDonalds.

Superwoman Revealed said...

I too came to college super thin and gained the majorit of my weight sophomore year...but I realize now that had I used the tips I gave I'd be in a better position to maintain a healthly weight vs. working super hard to get to one!

Hind sight is always 20/20 lol

~Culinary Goddess~

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