Eating Healthy in Your College’s Dining Hall

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The unlimited supply of food in your school’s dining hall can be very tempting! However, there are ways to stay healthy in spite of the incredulous amount of unhealthy food. Your dining hall doesn’t have to be ranked #1 to still have healthy options. Here are some tips on staying healthy within the confines of the dining hall and ways you can mix up your meals.

Unlimited Food Means Unlimited Salad

Have a salad and/or some fruit every day. They’re right there, next to the burgers and burritos. Certain fruits and vegetables can help improve your focus and memory. Add some healthy variety to your salads with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, berries, or raisins. You can even make yourself a salad and then go up to a chicken or steak station, cut it up and throw into your salad for some extra taste!

Mixing up Meals

Lots of students get tired of dining hall food by the middle of the year. Instead of grabbing the same burger, burrito, or sandwich every day, mix it up! Try some healthy eating options, like bananas or salmon, to get a tasty fix and stay full for class.

Many schools have food stations that will change your taste buds. You might wind up liking something that you hated a year ago. That thing that looks like caviar dumped onto a jellyfish might actually be delicious if you give it a try!


If you’re in a rush, but need something to eat, there are foods and snacks you can grab quickly from the dining hall to eat on your way to class or save for later, such as apples, pears, or a fistful of granola.

If you’re in a rush in the morning and want something to munch on while you take notes with Boundless in Psychology 101, take a small bag with you and fill it up with cereal—it’s a quick and easy morning snack.

Don’t Overeat Just Because You Can

Though you can go back up for another plate of ribs or a slice of pizza, doesn’t mean you should. If you’re not still hungry after eating a full meal, don’t feel compelled to go back for more. Just because you have unlimited options in front of you doesn’t mean you need to stuff yourself silly.

Visit all stations in your college dining hall to find healthy and new options. Adding healthy variety to your diet will allow your tastes to expand. The unlimited supply of junk food may look promising, but you’ll get tired of it, and you should want to eat healthy. For every burger or burrito you eat, add in a side of salad.

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