Healthy Food Bites To-Go

Back-to-school supplies? Check √

WCC email check? Check √

Bouncing from a summertime routine into a demanding fall semester? Check √

Eating for real, sustainable energy to get the brain and body firing on all cylinders? Check √ … this out.

The Viking News introduces Healthy Food Bites To-Go, a nutrition and wellness column where you will find healthy fast food suggestions, tips for brown-bagging delicious, simple meals and snacks affordably.

This column will converse on topics such as combating food cravings, eating healthy for less.

It will feature nutritious food finds for your backpack, and ways to stay more alert and clear-headed in the classroom, on the field and throughout the busy days ahead.

There is a lot on all of our respective plates. We are living in a grab-and-go eating world where formal meals often get replaced by snacks masquerading as energy source. At what cost? When we are able to sit down to a meal that delights our senses, our choices bare huge consequences on how our body will feel and respond all the rest of the day and likely into tomorrow. Healthy Food Bites To-Go is dedicated to helping you to live well on campus. Our objective is not to just keep you in survival mode, but given your likely hectic schedule, to provide healthy living tips, tools, hacks and support to aid in your sur-thrival.

Being healthy depends on nourishing your body. Every meal and snack is an opportunity to raise the index on your well-being. We can all make better food choices to feel good. How does the food you have eaten today make you feel?

What you drink is as important as what you eat. As little as a 2% drop in hydration can trigger fuzzy short-term memory and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page. Keep water close. Invest in a water bottle and keep it with you all day. Drink your first bottle on the commute to campus. Eat more juicy water-filled foods: cucumbers, celery, broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, melon, berries, pineapple and pears. These fruits and vegetables are 89% to 96% water.

If it feels like some days there is no time for a healthy breakfast except for maybe a banana, here are fast fuel for school options using bananas to grab on the way out the door.

Breakfast Wrap

Spread a soft whole grain tortilla with almond, peanut or sunflower seed butter. Sprinkle with sliced bananas and protein-packed chia or hemp seeds. Roll the wrap and fold the sides burrito-style.

Frozen Banana Pops

Peel and cut a ripe banana in half. Stick a Popsicle stick into the cut-sides of both halves. Spread banana with plain or vanilla yogurt and roll in either granola, chopped nuts, shredded coconut or your favorite trail mix. The yogurt acts like ‘glue’ to hold the toppings in place. Freeze overnight.

To your best health in this new semester and more healthy food bites.

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