Ramen Is No Longer Good Enough- Eating Healthier in College
College is a time where we have no money and no good food. The things that college students eat can sometimes be a little bit revolting. This is especially true if you have just started grocery shopping for your own apartment rather than eating in the dorm cafeteria. At least while you were in the dorms, you got healthy, well-balanced meals (sort of). Anyway, there are many several types of foods that college students buy, but why not break the mold and go with some reasonably-priced alternatives?
Ramen: This is the epitome of college-student food. Before I came to college, I said to all of my friends and family that I would never buy ramen noodles. I made a pact with myself that I would not be lazy and that I would cook healthy meals. After a couple of months of buying food for myself, I gave in to the pressure. I started buying ramen, but we have all done it, or at least been tempted to do it. Ramen has an extremely high amount of sodium, and I don’t even think those noodles are real.
Alternative: Buy whole wheat pasta. Don’t pre-judge this food just because it has wheat in the title. Whole wheat pasta tastes almost exactly the same as regular pasta, and it is so much better for you.
Hot dogs: They come in packs of 12 and the buns come in packs of 8! Yet, you still buy them. Cheap, easy to make and pretty decent-tasting. However, eating hot dog after hot dog gets really old. Plus, hot dogs are made of “mystery meat.” Who knows what is really in them? Loading mustard and ketchup onto them just adds to the overwhelming amount of preexisting calories. I think we can do better than that.
Alternative: Buy real meat. Yes, you will have to cook it, but I promise it tastes so much better. Buy a bag of frozen chicken at the store, or some ground beef. You can make spaghetti or chicken and rice. Although it will take more time, it will be worth it.
Ice cream: College kids routinely eat a lot of ice cream. It is a staple of summer dates and first dates. Lots of people love ice cream, but too much of it is not a good thing. If you are going to fight against gaining the Freshman 15, you really need to watch your ice cream intake.
Alternative: Try eating frozen yogurt instead. It is very popular, and I bet there is one close to where you live. Frozen yogurt has fewer calories and is not as heavy as ice cream. Plus, it tastes just as good!
Soda: This is the hardest one for me. I think soda is better than water in every way possible except for one- water is healthier. Soda, especially sugary soda, is so bad for you, and it is such a money waster. I am addicted to diet soda, so this one is the hardest for me. Imagine how much money you could save if you just stopped buying soda!
Alternative: Drink water. Water is free! You would never have to buy soda again if you just drank water; it’s as simple as that.
Try out some of these alternatives. Eating healthier makes you happier and it makes you feel a lot better about yourself.