I wake up at 11. I go to the dining hall. I am not hungry. My dining options are all sugar. I force myself to eat something sugary. Today I had pancakes and half a bagel with cream cheese.
What do I eat?
Hard boiled or poached eggs w. tomato, spinach, avocado and cucumber; and berries w. plain greek yogurt, flaxseed, and chopped walnuts.
Wait a min. Could you give us what foods are actually at this dining hall?
If there's nothing there that is healthy, then bring your own food, or eat at home.
You don't wake up till 11? Here's an idea: WAKE UP EARLIER. Most people have already finished half their day by 11 and are having lunch-- not waking up!
Go to bed earlier, and wake up earlier so that you have time to make yourself a healthy breakfast.
When I lived at school, I never ate breakfast in my dorming hall due to the lack of healthy foods for that mealtime. I always made oatmeal in my dorms microwave and added pumpkin or pb to it with a banana. You can also keep yogurts if you have a refrigerator and add berries to it to make a good breakfast. Or keep whole grain cereal too in your dorm. I'm sure in the caf though you might be able to find hard boiled eggs, or maybe they make omelets occasionally? Try a veggie omelet without cheese/light on cheese.
Speaking as another college kid, I definitely feel your pain. Yes, the easiest thing is to keep some basic staples in your room--granola bars, peanut butter, whatever--but why spend your own money when you're already paying for a meal plan?
I know it's not ideal to try and eat a DH breakfast every day, but most schools offer an egg white (or egg white substitute) option at the grill during breakfast hours; loaded scrambled egg whites are a personal favorite of mine. Peppers, onions, tomatoes, cheese if you wanna splurge a little. All kinds of protein to start the day, and a hidden helping of veggies.
I know at my school, there's at least a little bit of fruit available (cantaloupe, honeydew, apples, oranges, bananas) and some yogurt. A lot more sugar, but at least it's natural, and you can get some dairy.
Maybe some cereal options? Go for plain, unsugarcoated stuff and add a banana to sweeten it (cheerios, corn flakes, whatever).
Avoid as much of the fried stuff as you can--it's easy to give in to the hashbrowns and home fries and extra helpings of bacon--but don't be afraid to splurge on a breakfast every once in a while. Better to have a big breakfast and a small dinner than the other way around.
I hope this was a little helpful and not too preachy! Good luck :)
every morning I have a hard boiled egg, juice and vitamins. I keep it simple and It makes it easy for me to wait until lunch or snack time.
Having had to deal with dining halls with limited choices, I know where you're coming from. I've attended two residential colleges, and both dining halls offered oatmeal for breakfast (cooked, in a large vat). Oatmeal with some berries or raisins and cinnamon is a very healthy breakfast, especially if you add in some extra protein with nuts or the like.
Even most low-sugar cereals (plain Cheerios, cornflakes, bran flakes, shredded wheat, etc.) would be a good choice, if paired with some fruit and some kind of protein (yogurt or egg, perhaps, or some peanut butter on a slice of toast).
Both of those options are pretty easy to make in a dorm room, as well (microwave oats that come in the large cardboard container with water in a mug, as opposed to instant oatmeal packets--lots of sugar in those).
You could also have an omelette with lots of veggies if your college offers it (both of mine did).