Nutrition is quickly becoming an increasingly important area of study. Trends about what foods are good to eat are more common than ever and everyone has an opinion on what should eat to be healthy. Here are some foods that students who spend four years studying how food effects the body and how it can optimize health say that they eat every day.

Peanut butter

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“Pb” – Lindsay 

A common staple in the nutrition student diet. Peanut butter is packed with healthy fats, protein and fibre which can help keep you full. All-natural peanut butter is also a favourite among nutrition savvy eaters and it’s super easy to make your own.

Avocado

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“Avocado” – Sydney

“Guacamole!” – Meghan

Another healthy fat to add to the diet. Avocados are great on toast, with eggs, and are the base of glorious guacamole. Luckily guacamole is also simple to make and you can even make your own version of the famous Chipotle guac.

Vegetables and hummus

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“Hummus and veggies!” – Shannon

It’s no secret veggies are full of vitamins and an important addition to a healthy diet. Pair with some protein like hummus and make a snack that leaves you satisfied and feeling like you at least made one adult decision for the day.

Apples

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“Apples and peanut butter” – Alexia

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Though not the singular solution to prevent all disease, these fibre packed fruits are a classic healthy addition for students on-the-go. Cut one up and dip it in some of that homemade peanut butter for a snack worthy of eating daily.

Hot sauce

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“Hot sauce” Liam

Adding some hot sauce can boost your metabolism and add some killer flavour. Shake some drops of the liquid goodness on eggs, sandwiches, chicken or even add into macarons if you can’t get enough of the burn.

Eggs

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“Eggs, veggies and salsa”- Lauren

Although these guys used to get a bad rap, eggs are a great source of protein. Egg yolks have high levels of the “good cholesterol”, HDL which is actually good for your health. Also eggs just taste good no matter how you make them.

Pad Thai

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“Pad Thai!”- Phil

A diverse diet is the best diet and it’s easy to enjoy adding in some Thai food. If you’re feeling really adventurous, step outside of the pad Thai train and explore the other options on a thai restaurant menu.

Chocolate

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“Chocolate!”- Sara

Nutrition is all about moderation and everyone needs something sweet once and while. Sometimes you can get your chocolate fix and still get in some nutritious foods like these dark chocolate avocado truffles.

Popcorn

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“Popcorn!” – Emily

Popcorn is a great snack for those who like to munch while studying and 2 cups gets you a serving of whole grains for the day. Simple kernels popped on a stove top taste fine, but there’s a lot of simple ways you can step up your popcorn game. Sometimes it’s just spices and sometimes it’s chocolate – even nutrition students know you have to treat yo’ self.

Chickpeas

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“Chickpeas and curry!” Maura

These protein-packed legumes are commonly found in Mediterranean dishes such as hummus and falafels and are also a staple in many Indian dishes since they pair perfectly with curry. A variety of chickpea recipes, including a curry dish, can be found here.

Coffee

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“Coffee” Laura

The fuel of students no matter their major.