“Back to school, back to school
To prove to my dad that I’m not a fool
I’ve got my lunch packed up,
My boots tied tight,
I hope I don’t get in a fight
Back to school
Back to school”
We have all heard this infamous “Back to School” song that Adam Sandler sang in the movie Billy Madison. As we listen to Billy sing off his check list, we would think he is ready to go back to school. But, is he truly ready?
Billy doesn’t know it yet, but he is going to be very busy running from class to class. He will need to focus on his studies to make good grades. Billy will need a lot of energy and rest! What smart and healthy choices can he do to help him maintain his stamina during school? The answer is simple; by being mindful of what is in his lunch box.
Ok, so now some of you may be asking who in the world carries a lunch box when they could use a vending machine or grab food from the cafeteria. I know as a college student myself, I can understand how easy it is to just grab something and go. I’ve been guilty of overindulging on coffee, energy drinks, and all the delights of the vending machines. While these products gave me a quick pick me up, they left me crashing after. I always felt exhausted and unable to concentrate after consuming such products. I knew I needed to make a change in my diet in order for me to stay on top of my studies.
So right now you may be ready to hit the ground running. But you will be tempted over the semester, and it could get vicious. So here are a few suggestions to help you stay nutritious. Here is a list of healthier options that I enjoy when I’m feeling hungry during a busy day:
Plantain chips vs. Potato chips
Hummus & Veggies vs. Ranch dip
Peanut Butter and Jelly vs. Fast food sandwich
Water vs. Soda/Energy drink
Banana with Peanut Butter vs. Cakes/Pies
When choosing snacks or lunches, try eating fresh produce, a lean protein and a whole grain. It is always best to avoid empty caloric items such as soda, chips, candy, cakes, etc. These items have no nutritional value and can send you crashing. A well-balanced nutritional meal or snack will fuel your brain and your body to help you maintain your stamina until the next meal.
So as you make your back to school check list, ask yourself one question, “What’s in my lunch box?”
What is your favorite snack?