The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students: How Not to Gain 17 Pounds at Collegeby J. Lucy Boyd
College students face a number of stigmas when they first leave home and start living on their own. From not having their parents nearby to help clean and answer questions to being responsible for their own cooking and cleaning, the move from High School to College can be a bit of shellshock for many teenagers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their eating… See more details below
College students face a number of stigmas when they first leave home and start living on their own. From not having their parents nearby to help clean and answer questions to being responsible for their own cooking and cleaning, the move from High School to College can be a bit of shellshock for many teenagers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their eating habits, where many college students experience a great deal of downward digression. A recent study, published in the Nutrition Journal, found that one in four freshman gain at least 5 percent of their body weight, an average of about 10 pounds, during their first semester. All of this can be avoided though with healthy cooking and an eye for good choices.
This book was written to provide every college student just learning to cook for themselves with viable, affordable alternatives to pizza and ramen. Every college student will learn the basics of what it is they need to be focusing on in their diets after leaving home. Starting with a basic discussion and introduction of nutrition and what the body needs on a daily basis, you will learn additionally which foods and nutrients are best for improving your mental acuity as well as your sleep each night. You will learn the importance of fluids and proper nightly sleep to supplement your diet and will be given a list of different ailments and problems that might develop should these issues be ignored or overlooked.
Health professionals and college life experts have been interviewed and have provided their insight into what foods and lifestyle changes can be made for college students to keep them as healthy as possible. You will learn the basics of the right ingredients, what you should always avoid and why the occasional meal out will not kill you. You will learn how to avoid gaining all that extra weight and finally some of the top recipes currently available for quick, healthy cooking and how you can use these, regardless of whether you are stuck in a dorm room or your parents basement. The key to healthy living for college students is in a good diet, and this book will provide everything you need to maintain that.
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As a recent college graduate I realize I may have picked up "Healthy Cooking And Nutrition for College Students: How Not to Gain 17 Pounds at College" a bit too late. However, the book arguably is also applicable to the recent grads, who nowadays have to operate on tighter budgets because of the tough job market. I found the section in the book labeled "How to eat on a tight budget" particularly useful. Perhaps most helpful for the college student is that the book is broken down into years — it gives recipes suitable for freshman year, sophomore year etc. The book would make a good gift for high-school graduates and is an easy read for even non-readers. It fails to include pictures of the recipes listed, which is reason for the three -star review.
I enjoyed the section on freshman year recipes; there were a number of cheap, tasty options there. The first few nutrition chapters however could have been less dry. The whole food pyramid, vitamin, and mineral sections were terribly dull and repetitive. The book almost lost me at that point and I would advocate skimming for those who get bored easily. The book also covers some other collegiate health issues such as eating disorders, exercise and alcohol abuse. The book is broken up into 4 sections and they are called fittingly enough(you guessed it): freshman, sophmore, junior and senior year. There was a lot of practical and feasible advice in here for students who are eating on a budget, and this book would make an excellent graduation gift.
I am not a college student, but the idea of nutrition basics framed in simple instructions appealed to me. The author is a registered nurse who has experience in nutrition counseling. The book’s divided into Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior sections, so readers can “graduate” toward more advanced levels of skill over time. Plus there’s an appendix authored by nutrition experts, which contains pithy advice that’s helpful for everyone—not just students. Besides the obvious gift for a high school graduate, consider this book for anyone who is living on their own for the first time in a great while.
Living on your own or going off to college can be a major challenge, especially with easy access to fast-food stops, potato chips, frozen pizza, soda, etc. With classes and a busy social life you may neglect yourself by eating the wrong foods. In The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students you¿ll learn the basic nutrition basics that you should eat every day, how to evaluate your new surrounds (Dorm Kitchen, College Cafeteria and Local Restaurants), and obtaining the correct basic supplies for your dorm/apartment kitchen (microwave oven, George Forman Grill, Crock-Pot slow cooker, Blender, Mixer, utensils, cookware, spices, cups, bowls, plates, etc.). Chapter 6 takes you through the basic cooking terms of the instruments/appliances you use to cook with, along with a few simple dishes, like bacon, eggs, toast, etc. You¿ll also learn about freezing and storing foods. There are four separate chapters for each year in college (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) giving simple but tasty recipes, like Grilled Cheese English Muffin, Crock-Pot Roast, Tacos, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and many other great recipes. The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students is an interesting book for college students, giving great nutrition facts, recipes, tips on exercising, and to help you not to gain 17 pounds at college. The book can be a great gift for a college student or a soon-to-be college student.
I absolutely love this book! The author does of wonderful job of presenting a comprehensive guide for sending a student out into the world with a tool that they can refer to for many situations. There are chapters for each school year: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Gradually, the recipes increase in difficulty. But recipes are just a small part of the book. The first chapter on the basic nutritional needs includes things from protein, vitamins, grains, vegetables to foods on each section of the food pyramid. The author discusses the basics such as selecting where to shop, the first trip to the grocery store and obtaining supplies that will be needed on a regular basis. Also, other issues related to school such as organization and stress management are also included, and there is a discussion about how these factors affect food intake. There is a guide for eating out, exercise needs, and sleep needs. The chapter Maintaining a healthy weight provides information that young college students don't normally think about. Finally, there is a brief discussion on eating disorders: how NOT to get one, and what to do if you think you may have one. Very parsimonious without neglecting topics of importance. Yet not so overdone that the student won't want to read it. I wish I had had this book when I went to college!