How to eat better, faster, and
not go broke doing it
February 19, 2009 | LOGAN -- Between classes, work,
homework and a social life, your time as a student runs
pretty slim. Somewhere in that schedule you have to
find time to feed yourself.
College students, because of limited time, often resort
to toaster pastries, cereal, Ramen noodles or anything
ready in under five minutes. It's time for some shortcuts
on how to eat good, fast and cheap. No more of this
Top Ramen business.
The Food Network
Fitness Magazine and
Pioneer Woman Cooking have hundreds of recipes online
that students can download for free. The Food Network
website has a link designed especially for recipes that
are "Quick and Easy." The Fitness Magazine website has
a side link called "Smart Shopping Tips to Help You
Save Money." Finally, the Pioneer Woman site is great
for understanding without problems the instructions
for the recipes, including pictures for each step. Each
Web site offers ideas for fast and cheap eating, not
to mention great food.
It's important to be fed well as a college student.
Food gives you energy as well as the ability to think
and function as needed. You don't need to spend hours
in the kitchen in order to eat a decent meal. All you
need are a few ideas to get you started. Recipes on
these three sites provide instructions to recipes that
take five, ten, twenty minutes and leave you fed well.
Meals such as Lemon
Basil Chicken Salad,
Simple Enchiladas, and
Onion with Spinach Quesadillas are just a few examples
of meals from these three sites that are ready in little
So, what's something that all students should consider
to maintain good eating habits?
Heidi Wengreen, USU assistant professor of nutrition,
says to watch your portion sizes and to be more conscious
of your food choices. Wengreen also says, "We talk a
lot about balance, variety and moderation in nutrition.
No food is bad food, but it's important to watch your
portion sizes and make good choices. Super-sizing your
french fries every time is not a good choice."
Beachbody and USU fitness consultant and instructor
Shukria Stewart gives tips on healthy eating habits
for students. "Students especially need to find time
in their crazy schedules to feed their bodies," she
says. "Not eating is the worst thing anyone can do.
Starving yourself resorts to storing fat."
Stewart suggests low fat, low sugar and whole grains.
Also she recommends that students eat small portioned
snacks every two to three hours. Stewart explained that
eating small snacks in between meals is an easy way
for your metabolism to get going and it is easier for
your body to break down the food.
Stewart also says, "Eat breakfast! Even if you are
not hungry. Breakfast is what gets your metabolism started
on breaking down what you eat throughout the day. Eating
breakfast also keeps you alert."
If you're looking for a way to incorporate those whole
grains as Stewart suggests, consider a bread-making
class right here in Cache Valley. Kitchen Kneads offers
a hands-on bread making class each Wednesday at 1 p.m.
If bread-making isn't your cup of tea, Kitchen Kneads
also offers culinary classes on Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday evenings. Anyone is welcome to participate
in these classes. Guest cooks, chefs and cookbook authors
come to instruct during these classes which last from
one to two hours. Kitchen Kneads is at 1211 N. Main
St. in Logan or you can call at 435-752-9220 for more
Keeping meals fast and cheap while still tasty is
easy when you know how to do it. Let these websites
and tips make good eating easier on you and your wallet.