How and Where to Get the Energy to be a Vegan at College

College offers you the chance to start making your own choices and be independent for the first time in your life. 

How and Where to Get the Energy to be a Vegan at College

Wednesday January 25, 2017,

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College offers you the chance to start making your own choices and be independent for the first time in your life. This also applies to food. As a vegan, it might seem that your food choices are somewhat limited, but this is certainly not true, considering the growing number of non-animal food available today.

However, it is sometimes a problem to cope with energy levels. As a student, you must be in a good shape in order to keep up with your regular college activities, but also engage in extracurricular actives or simply pursue your free time hobby or other activities.

Here is some advice how and where to get an extra energy needed for your studies, and maintain your vegan diet.

Gather Nutrition Info

Take some time to read some articles and books about nutrition. Also, search for studies about vegan diet and vegan diet energy levels. Learn more about certain types of foodstuffs and their particular energy level.

Try Out New Recipes

One you’re done with theory, get to practice and try out new recipes. After all, you can’t know what works and what doesn’t if you don’t try it out yourself.

Consider keeping a food journal and write down how you feel about the food you’ve prepared. This can help you have a clear overview and track your progress. Also, write how does certain food affects your energy levels.

Energy Bars

While keeping up with your daily college activities, if often happens your energy level get very low and you find yourself in a desperate need to put something in your stomach. Carry an energy bar with you so that you can quickly replenish your energy supplies.

Carbohydrates Control

Although studies show that vegans in general even lose weight while still consuming carbohydrates at a level similar to non-vegans, you should avoid food rich in carbohydrates. Nevertheless, you decide what is best for you but is still a good idea to control carbohydrate intake.

Share Your Experiences

It is always a good idea to share with others. This includes diet habits. Connect to other vegans at your college and discuss their experiences. What works best for them? Ask them about their energy levels. If some of your vegan friends have a positive experience with a certain type of diet and have more energy, as a result, do not hesitate to try it out yourself.

Discover your emotional intelligence and relate to other like-minded people in your community.

Boost Your Energy

Here we will give you some specific food recommendations which can boost your energy.

More Fruit

Fresh fruit is simply irreplaceable in your diet if you wish to boost your energy levels. Fresh fruits contain natural sugars, which provide your body with energy. Unlike refined sugar, natural sugar will not skyrocket sugar levels in your blood.


Magnesium is a basic element needed in your body and it is tightly related to the energy levels. A proper magnesium intake ensures you will have enough energy to function on a daily basis. Magnesium is of essential importance for your energy levels, and without it, your body would have a hard time functioning and maintaining proper energy levels.

The best way to increase your magnesium intake is through food. Some examples of magnesium-rich foods include: Spinach, Chard, Pumpkin seeds, Yogurt, Almonds, Black Beans, Banana.

Fiber Rich Diet

Fibers are also extremely important in maintaining and sustaining energy in your body. Fibers have a beneficial influence on metabolism, they help friendly intestinal bacteria and thus support healthy digestion.

They also slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which is related to energy levels in the body.

Sources of fiber can be found in grains, nuts, and legumes, all sorts of seeds, root vegetables, berry fruits and green leafy vegetables.


Other than finding the right food to boost your energy levels, you can also engage in other activities which you can find on or to help you sustain high energy demands of being a vegan at college. You can always turn to traditional means of boosting energy. Exercise is the healthiest way to do this. Get moving and make stimulate yourself to be active.