Welcome to your university's cafeteria!
Suddenly, you're faced with a variety of food options and limitless portions.
Deciding what to eat has just gotten easier...or has it?
With a little planning, you can navigate the pitfalls of eating healthy at your university’s cafeteria.
Make Healthy Eating A Priority
Eating healthy can be a struggle, especially when burgers and fries, pizza, or tacos are so satisfying!
Making healthy food choices daily may be difficult but not impossible. It'll help you:
Improve your mood
Boost your academic performance
Support weight management
Understand How To Eat Healthy At The Cafeteria
Eat foods that really fill you up
Watch portion sizes from empty-calorie foods
Be smart about beverages and drink more water
Add one piece of fruit or serving of colorful vegetable to every meal
Balance out your plate with these three important nutrients: carbs, protein, and fiber
Use the one-quarter rule:
One-quarter of your plate = protein (usually best if cooked with fat)
Eg. chicken, fish, tofu, chickpeas
One-quarter of your plate = a starchy carbohydrate , preferably one that’s high in fiber
Eg. yams, corn, squash
Two-quarters or half of your plate = non-starchy vegetables
Eg. broccoli, salad greens
What's the key to healthy eating at your university's cafeteria?
Establish an eating routine using your schedule
Figure out which dining hall works best for you
Review the cafeteria’s menu for healthy options
Know where the healthy options are in your cafeteria
Have a “meal game plan” before heading to the cafeteria
Once in the cafeteria, stick to your "meal game plan"