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An Apple a Day...

For many students, eating enough fruits and veggies can be the toughest part of maintaining their daily diet. Busy schedules that don't always allow for a visit to the cafeteria, trying to grab items that can be eaten on the go and newfound freedom all play into the mix. Gently remind your student about the importance of consuming enough fruits and veggies. And if she is struggling with doing so, offer her some tips and suggestions such as these:

  • Stick some small plastic bags in your backpack and grab some veggies from the salad bar on your way out of the dining hall. Pay for them and then eat them for a quick snack later or the next day.
  • Melt a chocolate bar in the common area microwave and dip some fruit into it for a tasty late-night snack. Or dip some veggies into peanut butter.
  • Eat a salad every time you dine in the cafeteria for dinner — no matter what.
  • When you order a sandwich for breakfast or lunch, pick at least two veggies to include on it. Eat them on the side if you don't like them on the actual sandwich.

Fueling up with healthy foods now will help your student in fighting off colds and sickness later on.

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