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Friday, March 15, 2013

Healthy Snacking & National Nutrition Month

Friday, March 15, 2013 | 9:08 AM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , , , No comments


A college student's lifestyle can be extremely hectic, leaving little time to think about planning food options during the day. As a student it is important to have some healthy, low-cost food items on hand for snacking throughout the day especially when you have a busy schedule with very few real breaks. Choosing a snack that contains whole grains and some protein together can provide you with a feeling of fullness, which is helpful if you have long stretches between meals. Here are some examples of great snacks to have on hand:
  • Apple or banana with peanut butter
  • Pita chips and/or carrots and hummus
  • Fruit and yogurt
  • Almonds (or other nuts) and low-fat cheese or a piece of fruit
  • Whole grain cereal with milk
  • Tortilla chips and guacamole/salsa
  • Whole grain crackers and cheddar cheese
  • Granola/breakfast bar with milk or a yogurt
Some of these snacks can also be great on-the-go breakfast items to fuel your body and brain as well as to ensure that you start your day off in the right direction!

March is also National Nutrition Month! The theme for this year is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" which helps us to understand that you do not have to give up your favorite foods in order to eat healthy and maintain or lose weight. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has some great interactive tools for National Nutrition Month. Be sure to check out the games and quizzes - you can "rate your plate" or view some interesting fact or fiction information.

If you find that you need more guidance in regards to your own personal nutrition goals you should consider working with a dietitian to help you develop a personalized nutrition plan based on the foods you enjoy. If you would like to meet with me to work on your nutrition goals, you can call UHCS to set up appointment!

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Nutritionist Christine Clark works with Dining Services to provide you with tips and techniques to stay healthy during your time at Northeastern. If you have any further questions about this or any other nutrition or diet topic, such as food allergies or weight gain/loss, please contact her at christine.clark2@compass-usa.com.

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