I am back to school in my own apartment and FINALLY, do not have to eat in the dining hall anymore!! With that comes the responsibility of having to grocery shop for myself and make every meal on my own… which is much more time consuming than I thought. But, I am loving being able to experiment with different meals and eating the good healthy foods that remind me of home!
Being health conscious in college has been something that has been difficult to do in the dining hall, but now that I make all my own food I have no excuse to be making poor decisions. I am no diet expert, but I know what has worked best for me to be healthy and happy. My philosophy for meals throughout the day is to eat 3 filling meals a day that fills my body with the right protein, fat, fiber, and greens.
I start my day around 9 am with a FabFour smoothie that I learned all about in the book, Body Love by Kelly Levque. I highly recommend this nutrition book. Kelly’s knowledge is backed up by the facts of turning off our hunger hormones. I implement her ideas throughout my healthy lifestyle choices. (Notice how I didn’t say diet!!) I made my FabFour smoothie into a smoothie bowl by added extra ice to make it thick and topped it with coconut flakes, ground chia, and raw cacao. For this smoothie bowl, I blended together 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (protein), 2 tbsps of almond butter (fat), 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds (fiber), and 2 handfuls of baby spinach (greens). YUM!
For lunch around 1 pm, I made myself a spicy breakfast burrito! Because I always make a smoothie for breakfast, I sometimes make a “normal” breakfast for lunch. On a sprouted grain tortilla, I scramble two eggs with basil and pepper and top it with sliced avocados, sprouts, and drizzled with sriracha.
Between lunch and dinner, I usually grab my favorite drink, a REBBL! REBBLs are super herb drinks that have adaptogens which are nervous system balancers. This REBBL pictured has the adaptogen reishi in it. Reishi is a mushroom that is known to be the most dynamic superfood out there. One of the benefits that most people attribute reishi to is its life extending properties by promoting longevity by boosting immune system function and preventing abnormal blood vessel formations that could lead to life-threatening cancerous growths. The chocolate flavor is also so delicious!!
Then for dinner, which I eat around 6 pm, on this given day I made spring rolls. Spring rolls is one of my favorite meals for dinner since they are super light on my gut for before bedtime. For these spring rolls, I bought rice paper from Whole Foods and stuffed them with broccoli slaw, avocado, pepper, and salmon. I topped/ dipped the spring rolls in a homemade sauce, where I combined almond butter, garlic, lemon, and red pepper flakes to make a healthy version of Thai peanut sauce. You can basically put anything in a spring roll! I recommend any straw like veggies, avocado, shredded meat…whatever fits your tastes!!
Eating healthy in college and on your own is not impossible! Pick foods that will fill you up with the right nutrients and also fit your food preferences. There is always a healthy alternative to everything and incorporating these into your diet can help you feel better. Stay tune for a post on healthy meal prep, grocery list, and easy recipes!:)