Midday Fix: Nutrition tips for avoiding the freshman 15

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Lara Field


Lara's Tips:

UN-Refine Your Carbs:
Tempting choices like plain bagels, bakery breads/rolls, donuts, or muffins are typically loaded with white flour and sugar. Too much of these foods, combined with the less activity can lead to weight gain.  Choose whole grains more often.

Leave out Late Night:
Avoid pizza, bread sticks, cookies, and other sweets. Try to limit consumption after 10:00 p.m.

Pitch the Packaged:
Swap chips, crackers, cookies for more filling choices. Choose things like nuts, nut-filled bars, and low-fat popcorn.

Think Your Drink:
Rather than syrupy sweet beverages like soda or sports drinks, swap for sparkling water or zero calorie beverages. One can of soda or one 20 oz bottle of Gatorade is about 150 calories.  Consuming this daily, in addition to normal meals, can lead to one pound every three weeks.

Move More:
Many kids are involved in sports in high school, thus when they move on to college, sports stop, and studying starts. Activity decreases. Finding accessibility to campus rec centers and workout facilities is important. Reminding kids to try to get in at least an hour of activity per day. Walk to class, keep a bike on campus, grab a friend and schedule a workout.

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