Balanced Meals and Snacks

Emily Rudolph

Wellness Writer

Eating healthy can be tough when in college, especially living on campus, rushing from class to class, and not wanting to spend a lot of money. While all of these may seem like obstacles to healthy eating, there are still ways to make sure to eat nutritious and filling meals or snacks.

What does eating a balanced meal mean? Half of the plate should be grains and protein, the other half of the plate should be fruits and vegetables, and one serving of dairy on the side. MyPlate is a great tool to use in order to make sure to eat a balanced meal.

But it can be hard to follow this guide when running to class, practice, or a study session. If this is the case, focus on having a good balance of carbs to protein. Some examples of this can be a piece of fruit with some cheese or a handful of nuts, pancakes with yogurt, a fruit smoothie with a scoop of protein powder, or a cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato.

Navigating college while still nourishing the body is not easy all of the time, but making small changes to your meals and snacks can add so many vitamins and minerals that can positively impact the body over time.

There are some great online tools that offer ideas for meals and snacks. Make sure that it comes from a credible source, such as a dietitian, and that they are practical to do. Meals and snacks don’t have to be complex or have fancy, expensive ingredients for them to be healthy. Here are some websites and blogs to get started with: