As much as I hate to say this, Labor Day is upon us, meaning summer is coming to a close. For those still in school, that means classes will begin soon enough. Incoming college freshmen are going to have a lot on their plates as they start their first semester away from home. They’ll encounter new people, perhaps share a bedroom with another person for the first time, and be pushed out of the nest.
While this newfound freedom (no parents means no rules, right?!) may be exciting, in practice it can be a tad overwhelming. In addition to the normal pressures that come with academics, many college students are managing their food intake alone – without their parents’ input. Don’t fret – here are some tips to ensure your best nutritional health at your new home!
- Don’t skip breakfast. I know that 8:00 am. classes are awfully early, but you know the old adage: breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Skipping breakfast distracts from academic achievement. Without the energy you get from breakfast, you’ll take in less information from your morning classes.
- Stock your mini-fridge responsibly. It’s well-known that calcium is important for bone health, but did you know that the average college student needs 1,000 milligrams per day? Luckily for you, calcium-rich items are perfect for the mini-fridge. Where can you get it? An 8-ounce glass of milk has 300 milligrams; an 8-ounce serving of plain, low fat yogurt has 415 milligrams; oatmeal features 105 milligrams in one packet; most cheeses pack 200 milligrams per serving.
- Invest in a blender, especially if you’re an on-the-go student. Grab a packet of Femmepharma’s Whey Protein Powder, then add in some fruit or yogurt. In minutes, you’ll have a protein-packed breakfast you can enjoy on your way to class!
- Take supplemental vitamins to make up areas where you’re lacking. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your schedule gets too packed, and eating properly falls by the wayside. Taking a pack of vitamins, like Femmepharma’s Fab 5 featuring B-Complex, Calcium, Omega-3, Vitamin D, and a probiotic, will give you everything you need!
- Choose wisely in the dining hall. While it’s tempting to have french fries every day, limit yourself to make them an occasional treat. Pick grilled items over fried, and put something green and leafy on your sandwiches. If you must snack, then you should snack responsibly with a handful of almonds (80 mg. of calcium) or an orange (60 mg. of calcium).
- Think before you drink. Water is key, and you should have 1,500 milliliters a day. And, it’s important for those who are 21 and over to remember: there are no nutritional calories in alcohol.
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