This would be nice wouldn’t it? If you could eat all the high in fat, sugary, calorie-loaded delicious food you wanted plus one apple a day and stay completely healthy. Well unfortunately for us, eating healthy is not as simple as an apple a day, but it’s also not hard! Follow these tips to be on your way to a healthier you!

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Eat a whole-lot of whole grains. Switching to whole grain was one of the easiest ways I improved my diet.   Whole grain products contain essential nutrients you need in your diet, like vitamin B, E, and iron. Along with these vitamins, whole grain products contain dietary fiber, making you stay full longer and helping you eat less. Switch your refined grain products for whole wheat pasta, whole grain bread, and brown rice. So next time you’re at a store try picking up a package of whole-grain flatbread. These make quick sandwiches and can also be used for making microwave pizza!

Veggies, of course! It’s no secret that eating your vegetables is a great way to stay healthy. They provide you with vitamins such as A, C, and E, as well as some much needed potassium and fiber. Not a big veggie fan or think they’re too expensive? Try making new recipes where vegetables can be masked by other foods. This way you’re still getting the benefits without the taste. As for the cost, there are little ways that can help you save some money. I always try to buy the vegetables that are in season, and therefore a little cheaper. Another easy way to cut down on cost is to buy whole veggies. Don’t spend unnecessary money on bite-sized vegetables when you can cut them up yourself!

Craving sweets? Try a piece of fruit! Whenever I’m craving something sweet (which is more often than not) rather than turning to candy or cookies, I turn my attention to all the sweet fruits available at Lawrence or the food court in Sykes. It’s in these fruits that you’ll find all the sugar you need, along with nutrients such as vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C and folic acid. So next time you feel the need to indulge your sweet tooth try grabbing an apple, orange, or grapefruit!

Snack the right way. Living in a college dorm room and trying to find snacks that are not only healthy, but also quick enough to eat in between classes, can be quite the challenge. Because of this, you may find yourself snacking on bags of chips or cookies. I am here to tell you, however, that there are other options! A quick, healthy alternative that I turn to is trail mix.  It’s as easy as grabbing a bag of chips, with the added benefit of containing protein and monounsaturated fats. This will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the rest of your day!

So, while an apple a day alone does not keep the doctor away, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can help keep him/her at bay and for people like myself, who have little time to spend at the gym, eating healthy can give you more energy and improve your mood, making all the difference in your day-to-day life. 

Written by Carly Odynsky, Peer Educator

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