We’ve all heard the hype about the dreaded “freshmen 15″, but if you’ve already made it passed that hurdle it can be difficult wading through the temptation of typical college fare. Knowing exactly what it is you’re putting into your body might help you to make a few healthier choices; remembering that everything in moderation is a better route than overindulgance. Here’s a run-down of some of the more popular tasty treats you’re likely to encounter in the dorm rooms and frat houses:
-ahh, pizza. Hot, cheesy, Italian, what’s not to love? Well, so long as you stick to one slice, it’s not too deadly. An average pepperoni pizza runs at about 181 calories a slice, with 7 grams of fat. However, if you’re going to really indulge, try to opt for a pizza with chicken or no meat, and load up on the veggies to get some nutrients as well.
-I know a lot of girls that don’t like beer at all, but chances are at some point in your college career you’ll find yourself heels-over-head atop a keg. Although at that particular moment you probably won’t be running caloric data through your brain, it helps to keep in mind how quickly the cals add up with this bubble bevvy. At 150-200 calories for every 12 oz cup, it’s good to remember that they don’t call it a “beer belly” for nothing.
-subs are often promoted as a healthier option, but buyer beware. A footlong ham sub (that’s just ham–no cheese) runs almost 600 calories and 9 grams of fat! While this could be a substantial dinner, it is far too many calories for a midnight snack (especially when you add in the cheese, soda, and side). A better choice would be to stick to a 6-inch and load up on the veggies. Make sure to opt for whole wheat bread, and go easy on creamy sauces like full-fat mayo: Jered would be proud.
-it’s a warm fall day, you’re geared up to cheer on your school team at an outdoor sporting event and BAM the wafting scent of fresh hotdogs attacks your nostrils and you’re done for! If this has happened to you, you might want to think twice next time. One hot dog (without fixings like fried onions, ketchup, or mustard) equals about 242 calories with 15 grams of fat!! That’s over a third of your recommended daily fat intake. If you do decide to partake in a ball diamond dog, just make sure your next meal is a little lighter and includes some fresh fruit or vegetables.
-nachos are one of life’s greatest pleasures: none moreso than those mountains of cheesy, gooey, onion-and-olivey goodness they doll out at many restaurants and pubs. Now, I assume you are ordering these to split, but keep in mind that mountain of a meal can be up to and over 1100 calories and 63 grams of fat (that’s over the daily recommended fat intake). Even if you split it 6 ways, it’s a hefty blow. Instead, try staying in and making homemade nachos with whole wheat tortilla chips, low fat cheese, and fresh salsa. You’ll save money and calories!
It’s a battlefield out there between delicious indulgence and the consequences of such. Remember just what it is you’re consuming and try to keep things balanced…something every college girl should know.