By: Emma Slattery, Student Nutritionist
In an ideal world our busy college schedules would incorporate a mid-day break for lunch. They would give us the time to go grab food from the dining hall or go home and toss together a sandwich. Unfortunately, with the competitive rate of class registration we don't always get the classes we want, at the times we want, and often end up with a day blocked with class after class after class. By the time you're free it's 4 or 5 or 6pm and you haven't eaten since that morning- if you even ate breakfast that day.
The Solution: Making A Working Lunch
A Working Lunch is a lunch you can make relatively quickly before leaving for your day, and one you can eat during work/class/lab (if you can eat in your lab).
If you have a dining plan and can't make it to a diner for lunch you have options too! Most of the dining plans come with allotted points for the convenience shops and cafes. With those you can stock your room with things to pack a lunch with (bread, peanut butter etc.) or grab a premade lunch on your way to class.
Another helpful tip is to pack snacks! Backpack snacks are a great way to keep hunger at bay during a long lecture or group project. Keeping them with you makes a perfect back up for the day your forget to pack a lunch or the day you forgot you had a group project meeting during your usual lunch time. Keeping some fruit like apples, oranges, or clemetines in your backpack is a great back up plan for busy days. With the Anytime Dining Plan you can take a piece of fruit with you- a great way to pack snacks!
By taking snacks with you during your day and packing a lunch before you leave, you're able to keep eating througout your day- even when incredibly busy. And eating throughout the day boosts your metabolism, manages hunger, helps with portion control and food choices, and manages energy levels. When planning for the spring semester, look for days when eating lunch will be challenging so that you can be proactive and prepare!
Terps With Taste is run by the Student Nutritionist Team with University of Maryland Dining Services. We write content for students, by students. Enjoy!