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After going through this lesson, you will be able to:
Identify useful tips for grocery shopping, such as reading food labels
Identify some basic healthy cooking strategies
Recognize the “plate method” and other strategies for creating healthy meals
Identify important food safety principles for safely storing food and taking it with you
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly 80% of 18-24 year olds in the U.S. consume fewer than the recommended five
fruits and vegetables per day. Also, in times of stress, 73% of college students studied consumed more
snack-type foods and fewer fruits and vegetables.
It’s definitely true that, among other things, college students face significant challenges in their nutrition habits.
College students often report skipping meals, eating diets that lack nutrients and variety, and eating more
snack and convenience foods.
They often claim that their irregular schedules, busy lives, lack of nutrition
knowledge, and limited food choices and finances contribute to these nutrition concerns.
But the news is not
all bad; believe it or not, it IS possible to be a busy college student and also have a healthy diet!
Read on to
find out how!
Every day it seems we are bombarded with nutrition advice.
It is almost overwhelming at times!
claim that they just don’t know what to believe anymore. It doesn’t have to be this way, though.
does not need to be complicated.
In reality, you don’t need to exhaust yourself and stress out over food
choices to have a healthy diet; some very simple strategies can help you achieve it.
For instance, just beginning to think about what you’re eating is a huge first step.
For many of us, eating often
becomes an “afterthought.”
We grab whatever we can while we’re rushing from one thing to the next.
we begin to actually think about our eating habits, we can make great improvements with just a little effort.
As you consider your eating patterns, you can start to not only identify what you’re eating, but also begin to
evaluate your choices and make changes.
For instance, to ensure more variety in your diet, make a grocery
list before you go shopping.
Be sure your list includes a wide variety of foods.
When you’re at the grocery
store, read food labels to choose foods that are lower in calories, fat, and sodium.
We’ll cover more
information on food labels later in this lesson, but this is a good place to start.
Try to plan your meals ahead of
time; you can do this when you make your grocery list! This is often not only more healthy, but also less
expensive because you won’t need to eat out as much. When you do go out, try to avoid fried foods and order
a half portion when possible (you’ve probably heard that American portion sizes are ridiculously large . . . and
We’ll go into more detail on all of these strategies, but it’s helpful to see that good nutrition habits can be fairly