Food as afterthought? As students flocking back to colleges and universities, many have important questions on their minds: how do I look, what homework is due today, what’s up tonight? Usually, food is an afterthought, except when the stomach growls and energy levels are precariously low. There’s no time for three proper meals. And, let’s face it: snacking and grazing is more fun. Ready to eat, on the run, handheld are food attributes that become even more important on the job.
Running out of fuel: Student lifestyles notoriously run to spontaneity and excess, rather than health. According to a recent survey at the University of Marburg, only 3% of 1,300 participating students claimed that they live a healthy live-style. 62% reported that they cannot live without alcohol and 31% would not want to give up smoking. Caffeine is the fuel of choice, whether in form of coffee or chocolate
Get ready for healthy snacks and breakfast.
Studentenfutter (literally, “student fodder”) has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Also called Studentenhaber, Pfaffenfutter or Tutti-Frutti , this snack originated in the 17th century consisting simply of raisins and almonds, both of which were expensive delicacies available primarily to the well heeled. Almonds were also believed to alleviate the pain of a hangover after a long night of alcohol consumption. Over time, more nuts and dried fruits joined the mix. Today, you will find a selection of Studentenfutter ingredients in most supermarkets. Composing your own perfect snack mix is even possible online.
Drink well. No, not alcohol, but mineral water or unsweetened fruit tee. Germans has a long history to consume artesian, natural water from deep down the earth and full of essential minerals to contribute to the health of the human body and an active mind.
Pausenbrot is the German expression for a sandwich eaten during school breaks. The ideal sandwich contains nutritious carbs, good fats and lots of protein to build brain power and muscles alike. Our recommendation for the morning: Vollkornbrot (whole grain rolls or bread) with Odenwälder Frühstückskäse – a soft cheese originating in the southern region of Hessia – and/or some cold cut meats, such as Black Forest Prosciutto or Schlackwurst, a type of German salami made from pork and beef with a hint of herbs and spices.
Muesli How to eat a proper breakfast when many classes start early and there are no parents in the dorm! Of course, there are always fast food joints or coffee shops around the corner, but these choices lack in individuality, nutrition and coolness. Better is a quickly prepared bowl of muesli, the multi-ingredient cereal mix. . In six German cities, among them Munich or Duesseldorf, students with no time to prepare breakfast can run to a My Muesli, a shop where they can mix up their own muesli concoction and move on.
Organic foods are very popular in Germany and those students who are really into this subject can obtain a master degree in Organic Agriculture at the Hohenheim University near Stuttgart.
Author: Arnim von Friedeburg