Are you having trouble keeping up with healthy eating? We have so many other responsibilities that it seems like the more convenient the food the better. If you take some time to plan ahead, you can incorporate healthy foods in a more convenient way.

Let me help you solve some of the common barriers to healthy eating.

I am tired of eating the same things.

Be creative with your meals! There are plenty of options to choose from in the dining hall and there are ways to make your selection healthy. Start by taking a lap around to view all the options before making your choice. An easy way to switch up your meals is to go to a new station in the dining hall every day. This will help make sure you are not eating the same thing over and over.

Always eat a variety of food groups, and make your plate colorful! By eating foods that are different colors makes you more likely to consume many different nutrients.

I don’t know what the healthy choices are in the dining hall.

In Lawrence Dining Hall, many of the stations have a sign with the nutrition information. If you don’t want to go from station to station, just look for key words like grilled, broiled, and steamed.

Lindsey’s Garden is a great place to find vegetarian meals that are healthy choices. Looking for a light lunch? Target the salad bar. For a healthy dessert grab a piece of fruit rather than having a scoop of ice cream.

You can always plan ahead by checking out the weekly menu on the Dining Services website.

I have no time to eat healthy.

Bring healthy snacks with you to class to eat during class or in between. Trail mix, fruit, or string cheese are healthy snacks you can pack in your backpack.

Your dining hall experience does not have to be a challenge. You can still have a great meal and stick to your goal of eating a variety of healthy foods. You can have your cake and eat it too; so to speak.

What healthy snacks do you keep in your dorm room or apartment?

Written by Jen Ryan, Peer Educator