Eating healthy on campus-and off for that matter-can be so tough! It’s great that you’re interested because it IS possible, I promise! In fact, Campus Dining Services works closely with a dietitian to make sure they are providing healthy options for all you “Health Nuts” out there!
First, if you’re eating mainly inside the dining halls there are a few things to watch out for. Switching soda for water is a great start! Have you tried the fruit infused water? It tastes great if you’re looking for flavor without all the sugar! Another substitute option is getting the grilled chicken from the diner without the bread and fries, and then making your own chicken salad. Simple Servings offers foods that are typically roasted, grilled, or steamed-no fried foods.
The best way to know you’re making good choices is to follow the MyPlate guidelines. The great thing about MyPlate is you can always try your best to follow the guidelines no matter where you are on campus. In a “nutshell” you want 30% of your plate or meal to be grains, 30% to be vegetables, 20% protein and 20% Fruits, accompanied by a serving of non fat dairy like milk or yogurt!
Have you heard of the NAU Campus Dining app? If you have a smart phone you can download it free and use it to see how many calories are in the foods you’re eating or drinking! If you are avoiding foods that are fried, or high in sodium that’s a great start. The Green Scene Café or Turnip the Greens are great places to get lunch because they don’t have unhealthy options to tempt you. As you leave the dining halls, grab a piece of fruit for a snack between meals to help you reach those 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day.
Feel free to come by Health Promotion in the HLC for more information- And congratulations on being proactive. Happy Eating!
-The Health Nuts