You are what you eat. So, eating healthful foods will definitely lead to you feeling better mentally, physically, and emotionally. This month, March, is National Nutrition Month..and BYL is teaming up with Dining Services for “I heart veggies”.
When it comes to eating vegetables (and fruits) at Tufts, it can be difficult. Prices of these items can be high, some may not taste great to you, they may not be easy to find outside of the dining halls, you may not know how to prepare them, and more. Thinking about eating more and finding ways to do so, however, will increase your intake. By eating more veggies and fruits, you’ll eat less of other foods that may not be as healthful and have a better overall diet.
Here are some ways to get more fruits and veggies in your diet:
- Try adding a variety of fruits and vegetables as pizza toppings (broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, and pineapples, just to name a few).
- Come to a BYL cooking class and learn how to prepare fruits and veggies.
- Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad dressing for dipping.
- Instead of having two cups of ice-cream, have one cup of frozen fruits mixed with one cup of ice-cream to make it just as satisfying and a lot healthier.
- Add veggies to pasta and rice dishes.
Other things to keep in mind during National Nutrition Month are:
More whole grains!
- Try replacing your white rice with brown rice or even black, purple, red rice.
- Try whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
- Choose cereals with a whole wheat stamp on it, and a lot of them are tasty.
Switch to fat-free or low-fat dairy products
- Fat-free milk and yogurt is more desirable than whole milk versions.
- Low-fat version of frozen desserts could be as enjoyable as ice cream.
Be physically active your own way
- Go to a Students Everywhere eXercise or Gym Comes To You class with friends.
- Take advantage of PE classes for credit or mini-courses.
- Join a pick-up frisbee or basketball game.
- Grasp every opportunity to walk, jog, hike, or just simply play under the sun! You can find some safe running/walking routes here.
- Clean your apartment or your dorm room and do some calorie-burning.
By: Xuan Qin
Editor: Kate Sweeney