Choosing to Go Vegetarian as a Student ...

The period in which you apply to, get accepted to, and move to university can be one some of the most exciting and formative years of your life. There are big decisions to be made all round from education to social life to personal health, and one particular personal health choice that is becoming more and more popular with today’s student body is going vegetarian. This decision can stem from a health perspective, a financial perspective or indeed an ethical perspective, but the truth of the matter is that for any student planning on going veggie at college, there can often be a lack of choices and variety, particularly in catered halls and campus cafeterias.

Choosing to go vegetarian as a student needs consideration.

Switching from a meat-eating to a solely vegetarian diet definitely has its challenges, especially for students who are living busy lives and are tempted to grab some sort of junk food for dinner to save time. These junk food options are generally protein heavy with lots of frying involved and generally very unhealthy if consumed too regularly.

School cafeterias are guilty of serving these kinds of foods, so anybody who is planning on becoming a vegetarian during their student days is going to have to be proactive in their diet choices. Usually, this proactivity will manifest in making your own packed lunch every day that includes snacks and ingredients that are going to be able to provide you with all of the calories and nutrition that you need to maintain a healthy, energised body whilst being a vegetarian.

Many vegetarians and vegans tend to suffer from lower than average levels of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, iron and, of course, protein. In order to try to live as well and as healthily as possible whilst on a vegetarian diet at college, take heed of these five key tips and pieces of advice.

1. Protein

Unfortunately for vegetarians, protein is most abundantly found in animal flesh. Obviously, that isn’t going to work for your dietary preferences, but the good news is that protein can also be found in many different ingredients that are completely vegetarian-friendly. Great plant based sources include seeds, nuts, peas, whole grains, tofu, beans and lentils, and eggs and other dairy products also make for excellent sources of protein if you are not practising veganism.

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