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College brings many lifestyle changes: location, living space, physical activity, and eating habits. For any student looking to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, these shifts can bring difficulty and stress. Although it’s easy to be tempted by unhealthy snacks and dining hall meals, there are many dorm room-friendly foods that will help you maintain heathy habits.
Instead of spending money on processed foods and soda from the vending machine, add healthy snack items that can be stored in an air-tight container or a mini refrigerator to your grocery list. Some options will last for a month before going bad, and others can be stored for up to a year if kept in a safe, dry place.
Healthy eating should be practiced in and out of the dorm room. If you need help navigating the dining hall and more, check out the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate on Campus, which provides information on portion size, necessary nutrients, and physical activity. Preparation is always the first step toward a successful and healthy lifestyle — remember to keep healthy options in your dorm to reach for when you need to fuel another late-night paper-writing session.
Baked Whole-Grain Chips
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