Did you know that Mason Dining has a full time Registered Dietitian on staff?
Lois Durant can work with you for any nutrition needs
Please contact her with any questions at 703-993-3283 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
Lois’s 10 Tips for Healthy Eating
- Count those beverages . Sodas, sweetened drinks, alcohol, coffee drinks, and even fruit juice can quickly add calories. Water is a good option to keep you hydrated and it is calorie free!
- Eat breakfast daily . Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration in the classroom and often prevents you from overeating later.
- Try replacing some of the meat and poultry in your diet . Use other proteins such as nuts, seeds, beans, hummus, peas , tofu and fish.
- Add color to your meal. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, the other half with a protein source and a starch.
- Choose more whole grains. Whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, brown rice, whole wheat pasta and oatmeal. Reduce the amount of sugary cereals.
- Rethink desserts . Select fruit, yogurt and pudding more often. Having a guideline like allowing one treat each day may be helpful with keeping your diet healthy without being too rigid.
- Balance your calories . If you have a higher calorie entrée, pair it with a salad or fruit to keep from ingesting excessive calories.
- Try new foods. Variety helps you meet all your nutrition needs. If you eat the same foods every day you may be missing out on a few essential nutrients.
- Reduce “fast foods”. The cost is less and it tastes good, but a little planning where you eat on campus will give you variety and lead to a healthier you.
- Stock-up on healthy snacks such as yogurt, granola, hummus, popcorn, cheese and crackers, whole grain cereal, oatmeal, homemade trail mix and fruit.