Hey guys! It’s Mackenzie here! Ever wander what nutrition students eat? No, we don’t eat salad for every meal! However, we do try to take what we learn in class and apply it to our everyday lives. Here are 10 foods nutrition students eat to balance out our addiction to cheese fries.
I bet you could’ve guessed this would be on the list. Avocados are filled with healthy fat and go great with just about anything from smoothies to pasta. Avocados are pretty high in fiber, vitamin K, and potassium so that gives you the perfect excuse to eat plenty of chips and guacamole.
2. Whole grains
Whole grain bread, noodles, crackers, everything. Whole grains are much higher in fiber, the B vitamins, iron, and magnesium than processed grains so it’s an easy choice every time. Check out this recipe for a delicious way to get your whole grains in.
Eggs are no longer just a breakfast food. Yes, you can eat them scrambled with toast in the morning, but you could also eat them sunny side up on a grain bowl. These yummy little things have 6 grams of protein per serving and contain a high amount of choline which is important for cell activity and transporting nutrients through the body.
4. Sweet potatoes
Since discovering that sweet potatoes can be both sweet AND savory I’ve been hooked. Sweet potatoes are super high in vitamin A and C in addition to being a good source of fiber. So swap sweet potatoes for regular potatoes in your favorite dishes to add a few more nutrients (and color) to your plate.
5. Colorful veggies
Nutrition students LOVE vegetables. Getting a good mixture of different types vegetables provides lots of color to your plate, meaning a wide range of vitamins and minerals. For example, carrots are high in vitamin A and vitamin C. While artichokes, which are also a good source of vitamin C, have good amounts of folate and magnesium.
6. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great snack that can be dressed up in so many different ways. I love it as an after workout snack because it is filled with protein. Yogurt is also known to have probiotics that help promote a healthy gut.
7. Snack bars
Snack bars like Lara Bars are so helpful for a snack between classes especially when all you talk about in class is food. The key to finding a nutritious one is to watch the sugar and make sure that you’re getting a good amount of protein and fiber so you stay full.
Cauliflower is a great low carb alternative for when you’re craving something indulgent. You can use cauliflower in place of pizza crust, rice, and potatoes and it tastes amazing! Fun fact, in addition to being high in vitamin C and a good source of folate, it also comes in orange and purple varieties.
You probably could’ve guessed nutrition students like things like kale and spinach, but it’s because they are so good for you! Kale is high in vitamin A and C, as well as a good source of calcium and potassium. While Spinach is also rocking the vitamin A and C content, it’s also high in iron in folate. Leafy greens make the perfect base for salad and a perfect ingredient to add to dishes like soup and pasta.
How cliché is this one? Seriously though, water is so important! Staying hydrated helps with everything from keeping you focused to clearing your skin. Water doesn’t have to be plain. Try a fruit infused or sparking water for some extra zing.
So now you know how nutrition students fuel their bodies. In the end, it all comes down to keeping balance between the indulgent and the healthy so we don’t feel too guilty when we’re sitting in lecture with a venti latte.