Are your prepared for long days on campus?

Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Written by Lindzie O'Reilly

To make the most of your days on campus – meaning sustained energy levels, concentration and a cheery mood – it’s crucial that you fuel your body. This requires planning ahead, packing a lunch, and packing snacks to munch on during the day.   This is often easier said then done if you commute to school or are simply on campus for long hours without access to a fridge. Try the suggestions below to ensure you meet your energy needs without risking spoiled food.  

  1. Invest in an insulated lunch bag and freezer pack to keep foods cool.
  2. Eat perishable foods first. For example, eat your snack of fruit and yogurt in the morning and save non-perishable trail mix for an afternoon snack.
  3. If you are not able to keep foods cool, avoid those that spoil easily such as mayonnaise and fresh meats. Instead, choose less perishable lunch items such as:
    • Peanut butter and banana sandwich
    • Cheese and veggie sandwich
    • Hummus, pita and veggies. Try freezing hummus in individual containers. Take the hummus out in the morning and it will be defrosted by lunch.
    • Quinoa, chickpea and cucumber salad
    • Whole grain crackers, a can of tuna and veggies
    • Soup or chilli kept hot in a thermos
    • Cranberry, orange and fennel salad
  4. Keep non-perishable snacks in your bag so that you always have food on hand. Extra snacks are important if you wind up on campus longer than expected.
    • granola bars (look for bars with at least 4g of fibre and 8g of sugar or less
    • nuts
    • dried fruit
    • try making your own snack mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and cereal
    • crackers and peanut butter
    • apple sauce
    • soy milk drinking box
    • dried soup (i.e. P.C. Blue Menu Spicy Black Bean). You can purchase a cup of hot water for $0.10 from on-campus establishments.
  5. For optimal concentration and energy, remember to hydrate all day long. Keep a water bottle with you and refill throughout the day.

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