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Healthy bites in handy

How does one plan to eat well and still not empty the pocket while in college? Purva Agnihotri has the answer.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2007 16:51 IST
Purva Agnihotri

Snacking in college is not something you give a lot of thought to. Eat what's available and get on to the next idling hour. College canteens are specifically designed for students - all those samosas and dosas are cheap, tasty but not necessarily healthy. So how does one plan to eat well and still not empty the pocket?

Aanchal Bhargava from Xavier Institute of Communications lives away from home. For her, food is mostly about what it costs. "Our college canteen is quite exhaustive. We get a complete thali in the morning. Vada pav and chanajor garam are big favourites."

It's not difficult to make your choice of eats healthy. That doesn't mean buying whole grain and chomping on exotic leafy greens. You can have chana jor but try it without the add-ons.

Fat to fit
Your dosa needn't be as crisp but will be healthier without butter or ghee. A sandwich without that extra portion of cheese or fruit juice without added sugar – it's simple.

For those who don't mind biting into fresh seasonal fruits, there is also fruit chaat, which is a better bet compared to fruit juices. You can quench your thirst with chhaas (buttermilk) and flavoured milk like Energy, if water isn't hip enough.

Reema G, a student from Jai Hind, is very conscious of what she eats. She refrains from junk food completely. This usually gets her flak from college mates but she is disciplined. For dosas, her instructions are strict - use water if you have to but not butter, oil or ghee. Idlis are preferred.

She even snacks on whole-wheat biscuits and soya products while on the go - all from health food stores. But this, she says, pinches your pocket. Carrying seasonal fruit with you is also another option while a glass of juice can be a quick fix.

Eat right
Her college has introduced a low calorie sandwich- light mayo-dressed-salad in wheat bread. Simran Lamba from National College in Bandra prefers making that extra effort even if it means paying an additional Rs 5 for a whole-wheat sandwich. And she picks juice over aerated drinks, even though the price is almost double.