Healthy Eating in the Student Union

Audrey McGrail

Managing Editor of News


Eating healthy should be an essential part of everyone’s lives. However, when there is an abundance of options, we often tend to favor more sugary foods, and completely forget what we actually need to maintain a balanced diet.

Here are some easy tips to think about next time you find yourself eating where there are a lot of food options; whether it be in the Student Union, at home, or anywhere else..

First, try to build your meal around vegetables as opposed to meat. Meat can still be a part of your meal, but you should pay attention to how much you consume, especially for breaded or fried foods like chicken tenders. Vegetables, like carrots, cucumbers, peas, and lettuce, should outweigh the quantity of meat.

Next, when choosing a drink, avoid sugar! Soda, juices, and even “healthy” sports drinks like Vitamin Water all have an abundance of sugar. Most of the time, one serving size of a fountain drink contains more sugar then should be consumed in an entire day.With that being said, try to limit your overall sugar intake as much as possible. It isn’t necessary to eat a cookie every time you pass by the dessert bar. It is best to limit dessert intake to just once a week- or choose a healthier option like an apple or banana bread. This may sound impossible, but it is absolutely doable. Be satisfied with your meal as it is, and you’ll enjoy the sweet much more when you do have it.

In the morning, go for something that will sustain you until lunch. Oatmeal with sliced bananas, granola, and raisins is a quick and easy way to do this!

When you are on the go, grab a banana or apple and pair it with peanut butter. It is a great source of fiber, and peanut butter gives you much-needed protein (and some energy  before sports!). Hummus on toast is another great protein-filled snack.

These are very basic food tips, but keeping them in mind when in the cafeteria will help you make better food decisions- and, in turn, live a healthier life in general.