Do you think the best thing to eat before going out is carbs like bread or a sandwich?  Well, so did I, but we’re both wrong.  It turns out that the best things to eat are foods rich in protein and fat—foods like pizza, hamburgers, mac and cheese, mom’s leftover meatloaf from when you went home over Fall Break—all those comfort foods we know and love. These types of foods are better than carbs because they take longer to digest so they stick in your stomach longer. Most alcohol is absorbed in the blood stream through the small intestine so the longer it takes to get there, the better your chance for having a good night! Keep this in mind while celebrating WCU’s Homecoming all this week!

Before I go out on the town, I like to have a big, delicious meal, and I’ll often include the friends I’m going out with.  I like to make an occasion out of it and cook an elaborate meal or go out for something really good…

My mom’s Chinese, pictured above, is my own version of comfort food!  It’s a good example of filling up on protein and fat: I’m getting protein from the chicken, shrimp and tofu, and some fat from the broth, not to mention the noodles—they really fill me up!  While this is from a restaurant, making something similar at home isn’t too difficult, even if it’s from a Campbell’s can!  If you want to go out for something good, try to look for something like this meal I had while on vacation over the summer:

It’s loaded with protein from the brisket, sausage, turkey, and beans.  The fat in the meat as well as the potato salad and coleslaw make this a particularly excellent pre-party meal.

Below is an example of something that’s fun and easy to make at home before going out.  In fact, that’s exactly what I did with it!  My friend and I were attending a birthday party and wanted to eat before we got there.  Everything below came from my fridge.  I had some frozen naan bread, and topped it with some spaghetti sauce (since I didn’t have pizza sauce—it turned out delicious all the same!), parmesan cheese, spinach, onions, mushrooms, green bell peppers, and spices from my pantry.  It took 10 minutes to cook in the oven, but could easily be done in your dorm room or apartment microwave.

Don’t forget about dessert—remember, you want to fill up on fats too!  Pictured below was the dessert I had to accompany the pizza.  It was lemon sorbetto from Giant with a chocolate lacey cookie.  Again, these are all just a few examples of the many options you have for good “fill up” foods.  Just make sure your meal includes plenty of protein and fat.  Take this article as inspiration and tweak it to your own preferences, or create something new!  If you have any tried-and-true recipes you’d like to share, post them in the comments section below.

Go here for a list of homecoming activities this week, and keep an eye out for Wellness Center Peer Educators passing out FREE water bottles and Ramen noodles on campus throughout the week!

Written by April Pagliassotti, Peer Educator