Classes, clubs, exams, dining halls, social events, sports, library dates, study sessions, you name it! College is full of new experiences and exciting changes. We know that (literally) adding one more thing to your plate can feel overwhelming at first, but you can ace counting macros on a college campus and we’re here to help with an A+ list of tips and strategies.
Sit down with your weekly schedule and decide which times of the day will lend themselves to grabbing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. What time is your first class? When are you hitting the gym? When is your study group meeting?
Once you know when you’ll have time to eat each meal, identify where you will be at these times. Will you be bringing breakfast to your 8 am class from your room? Where is the closest dining hall? What time does the omelet bar close?
We recommend finding at least one go-to meal near each of your classes. This way when you’re running late or find yourself in a pinch, you can grab and go without too much extra thought!
No fridge? No problem: non-perishables are typically easier to keep in your room and it is totally possible to pick macro-friendly, minimally processed foods that you don’t need to keep in a refrigerator. Whole fruits like bananas, oranges, apples and pears can be kept out for a few days. Other minimally processed cereals and rice cakes are also great for capping off your carbs. Protein powders, jerky, tuna packets, and minimally processed protein bars will help you hit your protein and single-serving bags of nuts or nut-butters will round out your fats.
Give yourself options: If possible, having a mini-fridge and/or microwave in your room will open up the door to many more food sources. Greek yogurt, deli meat, cottage cheese, vegetables and meals from grab-and-go markets on campus can all be kept in your refrigerator. Microwaves will allow you to cook macro-friendly foods like frozen meals, frozen veggies, oatmeal, soups, right in your room or common room.
Living off-campus often means that you have an entire kitchen at your disposal so prepping meals for your day is a bit more straightforward. Keep in mind that you might find yourself in a pinch on campus so knowing the dining hall basics and picking out a few campus go-to’s will keep you fueled and on-track all day long!
Prioritizing your nutrition will keep you feeling energized, confident and ready to handle whatever the “best four years of your life” throws at you!
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