Five Foods You Should Avoid in College Dining Halls

Foods to Avoid in College When you enter college, and you have made the decision to stay healthy in order to avoid gaining the dreaded “Freshman 15,” you need to know which foods to avoid in college dining halls. Most unhealthy food appears to be readily available for students. However, it is possible to eat dining hall food and be healthy as long as you choose the right things.

Breakfast is a Key to Success

Knowing which foods to avoid will help you to not only stay healthy, but will also help you become more successful in the classroom. As your parents or teachers may have told you, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. However, your breakfast meal should not consist of last night’s pizza, doughnuts or fast food sandwiches. Instead, pick up some fresh fruit and a bowl of cereal at the dining hall or a couple hard boiled, scrambled or over-easy eggs and some toast. Protein will help keep you feeling full and vitamins and nutrients will wake you up and keep you healthy.

Avoid Fast Foods In Order to Keep Energy Levels Up

The most unhealthy food in the dining hall is usually found at the fast food restaurants. If you find yourself wanting to eat Burger King or McDonald’s every day, you will likely gain way more than the “Freshman 15.” That is why for lunches you should look for healthier options such as a salad or turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread or in a wrap. Then for dinner try something like grilled chicken, vegetables and rice as a healthy option. Avoid loading something like this with condiments like soy sauce or salt though, because those things are extremely high in sodium and will add more calories than you think.

Avoid Processed Foods and Eating Late at Night in College

The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to avoid all the processed foods that are so easily accessible while in college. You also want to try and avoid those really unhealthy, late-night meals that you get after partying or trying to pull an all-nighter of studying. Soda, chips, pizza, ice cream and fried, well…everything, might taste great, but eating those things on a continuous basis will send you down a path of unhealthy and unnecessary weight gain. So make healthy eating decisions and maintain an active lifestyle. I promise, not only will you feel great, but you will be able to focus better in your classes as well. It’s a win-win situation really.

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.