By Hannah Wegman
Being healthy while living in the dorms can be quite challenging, and most of us have found that out the hard way (gaining the freshman 15, etc.). The truth is, there are many easy ways one can be healthier but still enjoy the food they love. Here are some swaps to become healthier in college:
1. Almond milk/soy milk. Regular milk can have many different chemicals and preservatives from the way farmers produce the milk, and these chemicals can be very harmful to your body. Almond milk also has many beneficial nutritional values that make it much better for you then regular milk. I know many people don’t like the way almond milk tastes in cereal, oatmeal, etc. In this case, it’s okay to use regular milk as long as it is skim or fat free.
2. Natural peanut butter. If you’re like me, peanut butter gets put on anything. I love it on fruit, toast, waffles, everything. But the problem is that it’s extremely processed. Natural peanut butter contains 90% peanuts and doesn’t have any artificial flavor or preservatives.
3. Multigrain bread (or whatever starch you eat). This may seem like a well known healthy food, but it can’t be stressed enough. Eating white bread is terrible for you because it’s an extremely processed food. Having whole grain gives you many nutrients and vitamins that your body needs.
4. No sports drinks. Many people think that drinking Gatorade or other sports drinks are good for you, and in some cases they might be, but drinking them on a regular basis or even every week isn’t good for you. These sport drinks have lots of sugar and are filled with empty calories. They don’t have any nutritional value for you at all, and will often times make you even thirstier than you were before you drank them.
5. Dark chocolate. Having a little sweets every once in a while isn’t that bad for you. Actually, without having a little sweet food, you’re actually hurting yourself more then helping. One of the best sweets for your body is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, made from the cocoa bean, is full of antioxidants and can improve your health greatly.
By following these guidelines, you’ll rid your body of unwanted toxins and empty calories, making your body work properly and giving yourself the energy to work out, get homework done, or even just feel better throughout the day. You may not think this is a big deal but trust me, it can help you immensely.