It’s not as hard as you may think to cook healthy meals in a dorm or apartment. Snagging snacks at the vending machine or loading up on ramen might be easier, but we’ve got some great ideas to help you get ready for bathing suit season and avoid the Freshman 15.
First of all – your microwave is about to become your BFF. Most on-campus residences don’t allow heating elements like hot plates or countertop grills, so the microwave is going to be your #1 source of heat.
We recommend stocking up on low-fat, low-sodium canned or boxed soups. They don’t take up much room and are great go-to’s when you need to cook healthy meals in a dorm room. Just snag a microwave safe bowl and voila! Instant meal.
Another fun way to use your microwave to cook healthy meals in your dorm is the almighty coffee mug! You’d be amazed how many things you can cook in a mug for a fantastic single meal. Baked goods like muffins no longer need an oven, and breakfast (especially eggs) is a snap to prepare and feast upon.
Cooking healthy often means buying fresh, which can be a problem for those who have an 8 AM chem lab or late night cram sesh. Grab a few bags of frozen veggies at the grocery store and make sure to eat your greens.
Smoothies are another great way to cook healthy meals in a dorm. Find a small, hand-held blender and use fresh or frozen fruit to create instant yum. Yogurt and granola are also healthy snacks to keep on hand in your mini fridge.
If you’re lucky enough to have an apartment or other off-campus housing, a small countertop grill (like a George Foreman) will be an asset. Making quesadillas with low-fat cheese is a quick and easy snack for those on the go. Apartments and suites are still small, so if you can cook healthy meals in a dorm, there’s no excuse to not do the same in your off-campus housing!
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