Eating on campus definitely has its perks, and one of the big ones is having tons of choices available whenever you want them. But it can be easy to get caught up in pogo and bacon day in the dining hall, and as much as you tell yourself it’s only once, it can very easily become a daily indulgence. It’s important to be aware of what you’re putting in your body. Here are some tips and tricks for how to eat healthy so you can stay healthy, ace all your classes, and nourish your body!
Dining hall hacks
Did you know that you can go to any dining hall in Halifax (with the exception of Risley unless you live there)? You can also see each hall’s menu before you head down. That means you can choose which meals sound most appealing to you. You can also pop into any dining hall and pay for entry if you’re on campus and don’t have a meal plan (which you can also get if you live off campus).
Load up on the fruit! Fruit is full of vitamins (some of which help your brain to function), so at breakfast put down the tater tots and bacon and grab an apple.
Pick low-sugar cereals. I know that those Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes are delicious, but they contain tons of sugar that will cause you to crash during the day. Instead, try to pick Cheerios or Rice Krispies and then top it with berries or nuts and seeds that will keep you energized and functioning throughout the day.
Have some oatmeal. Oatmeal is one breakfast food that health and fitness gurus everywhere rave about. It’s full of fibre to keep you full. Add some almond milk or nuts and seeds for healthy fats, berries for sweetness and vitamins and antioxidants, and honey or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. If you don’t want to hit the dining hall or you don’t live in res, overnight oatmeal with steel cut oats and chia seeds is so easy to make the night before and is quick and easy for rushed mornings.
Make a breakfast wrap. When weekend brunch is on, and the tater tots are calling your name, take a step back and make a breakfast wrap. Grab a wrap and a bunch of spinach and tomatoes and top them with scrambled eggs and salsa. If you’re still hungry then you can indulge.
Load up on the veggies! Lunch is a great time to get in a really healthy meal. Hit up the salad bar and make a huge chef’s salad, or make a wrap and stuff it with spinach.
Don’t eat greasy things every day. Limit yourself to one greasy meal a week, and plan it strategically. Instead, get some bread or a wrap and fill it with healthy proteins and greens and grill it for the same crunchy effect. If the craving has hit hard, limit yourself to one piece of pizza.
Tip: Cut-up chicken burgers are delicious in wraps for a bit of grease but not too much.
Take advantage of the stir-fry stations and the cooked veggies. Hit up the pasta station and pair it with a salad. Make sure you’re getting those essential nutrients!
Again be aware of your meal choices. It’s OK to treat yourself, but try to pick the healthy options as much as you can!
In Truro, Cox’s Cupboard and the Haley Snack Bar are great if you need something quick and easy on campus. Just remember to keep it as natural as possible (not processed). In Halifax, Booster Juice just opened in the SUB, as did Mezza. Load up your DalCard and have a healthy smoothie loaded with good carbs and some great falafel and salad. You can also opt for Pete’s ToGoGo and get a custom salad or have one of their many pre-made selections! It’s possible to eat healthy at Tim Hortons and Subway too, just be conscious of the sauces and added fats.
While I know there are vending machines and convenience stores everywhere (and all-dressed chips are a res essential), also keep some good stuff in your room. You can load up by going to the DSU Market in the SUB or the Truro Farmers Market (on Saturdays) or head to Avery’s Farm Market! Some things we suggest picking up: carrots or cucumber and hummus, pita and peanut butter, apple slices and peanut butter.
We put together a few places you can get quick healthy meals just off campus. A few of these places also make great study spots.
Truro: Nook and Cranny, Novelty, Soup Café
Halifax: Coburg Café, Humani-T, Dilly Dally
Remember: to stay healthy, eat as much natural and unprocessed food as possible, and make sure every meal has a bunch of veggies, a complete protein, and a healthy fat!
If you’re in Truro check out the Langille Athletic Centre Facilities fitness schedule.
Kauri wishes she still had access to all the free fruits and veggies.