4 Tips For Eating Healthy In The Dining Halls

April 15, 2016

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4 Tips For Eating Healthy In The Dining Halls
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Don’t Make Excuses

When eating in the UNH dining halls, do you ever find yourself reaching for something unhealthy rather than healthy? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. When there are options such as pizza, fro-yo, and a mac and cheese bar standing in your way of eating a healthy meal it is hard to say no. Here are a few ways to make it easier to say no to unhealthy foods and say yes to health conscience foods.

  1. Dress up your salads: The salad bars are always an option for a good meal, even though at times it might seem like a boring and unsatisfying option. To avoid being boring and unsatisfied, add feta cheese, cranberries, nuts, other veggies, chicken, hard boiled eggs, and your favorite dressing to ensure a delicious meal that you won’t regret eating later.
  2. Unlimited fruit: No matter which dining hall you are eating at, you can always find fruit such as bananas, apples, oranges, pears, and kiwi. Fruits are a good substitute for desserts if you have a sweet tooth. Adding a little peanut butter, Nutella, or cinnamon to your apples and bananas boots the flavor.
  3. Wildcat Plate: Use the wildcat plate! If you ever doubt your diet and want more of a well-balanced meal, the wildcat plate will assist with your food choices and portion sizes.
  4. Guiding Stars Program: When you are walking around the dining hall and wondering what you should eat, look for the ratings next to each food item. These ratings will tell you the amount of nutritious value from one star being a good nutritious option, two stars being a better option, and three stars being the best nutritious option. 

If you have more questions or concerns visit UNH dining to learn more about nutrition, menus, sustainability, and more!

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