The excuses are expounded faster than the microwave can "DING" signaling the delectable delight of Easy Mac and Cheese is ready. These excuses stem from the age-old philosophical clash of being a college student and eating healthy. Students and health are about as compatible as spicy chili and your digestive system the next day. This doesn't mean that fast food "grab-n-go" is the only choice while many students are simply "too busy" to prepare a home cooked meal. Students like to think that they are the busiest people on earth. And perhaps they very well might be. From classes to student government meetings to basketball practice, college kids often have a jam-packed schedule. So, what to do? More than likely the school's cafeteria offers healthy alternatives to fried chicken and stuffed calzones. Most universities have a vegetarian menu and salad bar. Try ordering a grilled chicken sandwich or eggplant sub instead of foods submerged in oil. Want a cookie or piece of cake? Take a banana or apple instead. Eying the soft serve ice cream machine? Opt instead for yogurt or tapioca pudding.

Healthy college food

You should consider avoiding the drive-through of local fast-food restaurants in case you are not one to be caught dead in the school café but still maintain a healthy diet. A good deli sandwich is a satisfying alternative to abate your hunger. Whole wheat or rye bread with your choice of meat, cheese, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes offer a healthy and tummy-pleasing alternative to grease-ridden fried burgers and fries. Be aware of what you are ordering in case you decide to visit a restaurant for some "classy" food. Red meats are good in moderation (as is everything), but chicken and fish are often times wonderful and zesty substitutes, as long as they are not deep-fried or smothered in sauce. Avoid heavy dressings such as: Caesar, cream- and cheese-based although a good salad will often fill you up. Red vinaigrette is a better choice to liven up your leafy meal. Deep-fried foods such as shrimp, scallops, chicken wings, etc. and fat-saturated foods such as burgers and pizza should be avoided if possible. Want to play chef? Put these food items on your shopping list in place of instant microwaveable dinners: broccoli, corn, spinach, carrots, chicken, pasta, vegetable sauce, apples, oranges, fruit juice, 1% or skim milk, bottled water (or a filter for home use), corn bread, oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, and so forth. Try to be balanced, such as eating a meal that has rice, spinach, and chicken. Starches are important even though people will tell you that fewer carbohydrates is better.  You will need some carbs to burn while working out. Just avoid eating pasta and canned sauce every night of the week in case you are exercising regularly. Even though you might think that it's only for the truly experienced of heart, try getting a bit inventive in the kitchen.