“The real workout starts when you want it to stop.” But the truth is, the real workout actually starts after your workout. No matter how hard you train and push yourself, without proper nutrition, maintenance, and care, you will never achieve your peak fitness potential, or it will take a lot longer for you to achieve those goals. Fitness progress and success requires a lot more than just adding another mile to your run or an extra rep to your weight set. When you workout, you are essentially breaking down your body by depleting your stored energy, muscles and other tissues. Without proper recovery, this can lead to muscle fatigue, inflammation, and ultimately, not achieving #gains, as they say. Here are some of our go-to ways to fully recover from a workout.
Oftentimes in college, it can be difficult to grab a meal that is healthy, easy, delicious, and of course, moderately priced. Gourmet salad shops can get pricy, fast food is a no-go for health conscious students, and we typically don’t have the time to wait around at a sit-down restaurant. This is where Cava comes in; it is decently priced and quick, while also focused on local, sustainable ingredients that don't sacrifice taste.
Eating clean in college can be a do-able task during the week. Salad bars, smoothie spots, and made-to-order omelettes are common on campuses. At Vanderbilt, we are fortunate enough to have both a vegetarian cafe and a quinoa bowl option on our meal plans. We have tons of healthy snacks in our munchie marts, and Whole Foods is only a short trip away. However, the problem for many healthy eaters comes when everyone wants to go out to eat.
You’re half way through your Physical Anthropology class when you feel your stomach start to rumble. You reach into your backpack, fumble around, and then realize with a sigh of defeat that you do not in fact have a snack with you to curb your hunger. There is a solution that will ensure that you will be able to focus on your classes (to the best of your ability) and never be hungry in class again. There are countless places on campus to grab a quick, healthy snack to keep in your backpack or to munch on in between your classes. Here is a list of the best healthy snacks on campus and where to find them:
There are many ways to ‘hack’ Barone in order to make a healthy meal that tastes good and also leaves you satisfied! If you know where to look, you can easily find healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! With Fairfield’s new nutritionist Mackenzie Gordon, Barone dining hall has already made multiple positive changes under it’s new healthy initiative. With the help of Mackenzie, I have compiled facts, hacks, and tricks on how to eat healthy at Barone no matter what the meal. Three things to be on the lookout for if you want a healthy meal in Barone are:
Aren’t you thankful that the new trend is healthy fast-food restaurants? Because I know I definitely am! Whether you’re feelin’ super healthy after your workout, need to pick up a quick lunch in between classes, or in the mood for late night munchies, TSS has got you covered to help navigate State Street to find the best options for YOU!
Everyone knows that staying healthy and fit means more than hitting the gym. Good nutrition is arguably 70-80% of what keeps us lean, energized, and fitting into freshman year's jeans. So why is it so hard for us to eat healthy, especially in college? Sure, it can be done, but it takes a crazy amount of discipline do it alone. In addition, the health-food rumor mill is always churning out new gossip. What's a college kid to believe? Most people have heard of nutrition counseling, but probably haven't considered hiring someone to sit down with weekly, especially when we barely have time to get more than 6 hours of sleep a night.
With midterms just around the corner, everyone is frantically trying to make up for the lack of school work done from the first month of school. This leads many of us to give up our old routine of working out and staying healthy to cram from tests, projects, or presentations. Although it’s clearly obvious that staying on track from the start will help to prevent this, we can’t help but all get a little caught off guard when your prof announces that you have a midterm fast approaching. TSS is here to help you with some useful tips to make sure you stay on track while being engrossed in one of the busiest times of the semester!
Every time someone is going on a diet, we most likely hear that they are going to stop eating carbs, like on the Atkins Diet. A “zero carb diet” is actually really hard to achieve and not very sustainable because it’s terrible for our bodies!
Christmas has come and gone, but the leftovers and endless amounts of festive snacks still remain. Most commonly, we’re surrounded by the iconic, red and white peppermint treats. Between candy canes and peppermint bark, it's hard to resist the holiday splurge. Peppermint, however, is actually more than just a delicious holiday flavor; it also has great health benefits!
The main rule of the Paleo Diet is simple: If a caveman couldn't eat it, neither can you. The diet restricts all processed foods, beans potatoes or milk and emphasizes lean proteins, fruits, veggies and healthy fats
It’s that time of year again... Finals week has arrived. For many, this means 7 straight days of endless study hours, late nights, and mountains of stress. Although we prepare for it all semester, this dreaded week always comes way too fast.
As our anxieties begin to grow, it becomes easy to lose track of healthy eating and resort to late night binges. But, if you chose your foods wisely your meals can help you power through any serious study session.
Here are 8 great healthy snacks to help keep you going:
With winter break around the corner, everyone’s fighting to shed those first semester pounds before venturing off to home or bikini-weather, vacation destinations. Some people want to lose weight pronto, but need to make sure they do so in a healthy way. The Whole30 diet provides strict guidelines to help you achieve a lighter self. The creators of this diet suggest cutting out all the unhealthy, inflammatory food groups for just 30 days, in order to press the “reset” button on a new you. The diet focuses on not only fast weight loss, but also a new perspective on eating. It will change your body, along with the way you think about food and overall eating habits.
If you were to Google “juice cleanse” at this very moment, over 3 million results would hit your computer screen faster than you can say “detox.” Celebrities swear by them (usually claiming it’s how they stay thin), you probably know someone who has tried one or maybe you have yourself, and even some supposed health “experts” commend them. Whether you’re skeptical of the juicing craze or support it fully, it’s time to face some of the scientific, research-backed evidence to determine whether this trend is truly one worth following.
It's hard to be healthy in college. We can buy as many vegetables and stock up the fridge with healthy alternatives, but before you know it the spinach goes bad, the milk gets sour, and all you have is a dirty fridge that you didn’t get any use out of. My solution? Smoothies! I use ingredients that can last a while, that I never get sick of eating, and most importantly that are cost effective. This recipe is one of the most delicious smoothies you can drink, freeze, and even make into an ice cream or thick smoothie bowl.
Salad: the ultimate healthy meal. You either love them or hate them, but regardless, here are four easy steps to take your salad from tasteless and boring to bold and mouthwatering. Whether you are making it yourself, or ordering one on the go, keep an eye out for these key essentials to creating the perfect salad.
Freshman year or not, it is easy enough to gain a few pounds back at school without even realizing it. There are many possible factors that can contribute to that sneaky unwanted weight gain – the late night pizza, perfectly sized Ben and Jerry’s pints, or stress eating when that paper just is not finishing itself... But, take a step back, inhale, and exhale, because there is an easy solution. With a bit of dedication and healthy-snack-education, you can feel better about your snack choices before you can even say, “large cheese pizza.”
Earlier this year, the infamous acaí bowl took over the world of social media as the newest dietary craze. Filled with fiber, protein, and natural sugars, these pretty bowls are a great source of nutrients and make for an envy-worthy Instagram. Trendy juice bars all over the country have begun selling this new “superfood,” and lucky for us, Penn State’s local froyo place has started making them as well.
There is no shortage of juice and smoothie places in NYC. The Juice Shop, however is so much more than that. Just a quick, one hour train ride from the Fairfield campus to try out some of the healthiest, freshest food in Manhattan!
Every now and then unhealthy food trends like Mac and Cheeetos and cronuts go viral. When it comes to Poké (POK-ay) bowls, the buzz is 100% deserved and if you haven’t heard these yet, that's bound to change very soon. After a summer in New York City, I fell in love with these bowls. Visits to places such as PokeWorks, Onomea, Wise Fish and Sons of Thunder became part of my daily routine. When I got back to Madison, I was left deprived of my poké fix. But now I am V happy to let you all know that poke bowls have now made their debut in Madison.
One of the most important ways to fuel your body for the day is to eat a good breakfast. It can sometimes be hard as a college student to eat anything at all before running to class, let alone a balanced meal. Walking to the dining hall before class means waking up at least 30 minutes earlier, and making a decent breakfast in your room quickly before class can be a mess. A perfect solution to this problem, and a way to start your day right, is overnight oats.
Remember when Katniss used a spile to get water from a tree in Catching Fire? Very badass. I obviously don’t recommend you doing the same, but only because DrinkMaple does it for you... DrinkMaple bottles water that is tapped from maple trees. It’s nature’s very own master piece, a quality beverage that not only hydrates but also supplies tons of nutrients.
Not all granola is created equal. Time and time again, granola is cited as one of those foods that seems healthy, but it's actually not that great for you. However, granola can be healthy and does have a ton of redeeming qualities. Our go-to is Paleo Passion Foods' granola. With three delicious flavors and many health benefits, the grainless granola is sure to make you #KraveTheKrunch.
Matcha has become somewhat of a celebrity in the beverage world. From matcha lattés to matcha ice cream to matcha shots, the superfood green tea is taking over. But what exactly is it? Matcha is essentially green tea on steroids. Matcha has an amazing flavor, gives you the same strong burst of energy as coffee (but without the dreadful crash), and boasts a laundry list of health benefits. Want to learn more? It's time to meet your match(a):
It’s much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the summer. You have convenient access to fresh, home-cooked meals, more free time to workout, and less late-night temptations. Follow these tips to maintain your healthy streak when you get back to campus this fall.
Work hours in NYC can be a nightmare. The end of the work day can be so unpredictable and not to mention, exhausting. And sometimes, you need that extra hour of sleep in the morning. That’s where we got the idea for a lunch-hour sweat sesh. Unless you’re waiting on that crazy NYC Chop’t line, you can make great use of your full hour by squeezing in a lunchtime class and still have some time to grab some grub.
Instagram is constantly filled with #foodporn, but looking at pictures of pizza and fries all day might have you craving junk food. Put your insta on a cleanse and follow these five healthy food accounts that will have you drooling just as much as the others.
If you have a Netflix account and frequent the documentary section, you likely know about the health and environmental damages of the modern American diet. Going vegan is now even trendier than your Adidas Superstars. However, the objectively extreme approach to eating healthy goes far beyond being a fad diet; it’s a lifestyle. Yes, as cheesy as it sounds, once you go veg, you’ll never go back. Well, at least that’s how I feel after 30-days animal product free.
As a native New Yorker, I have developed a slight juice and smoothie addiction. Maybe it's because these days there is literally a juice place on every corner, or perhaps because of the convenience of the grab-and-go. Regardless, I've tried 'em all, and my #1 go-to is Juice Press. From cold-pressed juices, to innovative salads to raw desserts, Juice Press has it all. They never use preservatives, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, iodized salts, or canned products in any of their products. Here are some tips and tricks that I've learned from my many trips to JP.
Ever spend hours staring at the menu before a friend’s birthday dinner? Struggle with how much salmon is really just the 4-ounce portion that you’re supposed to eat? As college students who are just trying to be healthy, we’ve all been there. That’s where Tovita Nutrition comes in. Tovita is a personalized concierge nutrition service run by Molly Rieger and Leah Silberman. Molly and Leah create specific plans for each client and conduct all sessions via video chat, customizing nutrition services to a whole new level. We sat down with Molly and Leah to talk all things nutrition, wellness and their new college student package.