College Cooking

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

Hey loves! So today I wanted to focus on something relevant to my life and the lives of many concerned incoming college freshmen such as yourself! And that is nutrition in college! Lol, now I’m sure many of you have heard about the inevitable Freshman 15 and if you haven’t, maybe it's better that way. 😂


Just kidding! For those of you who haven’t heard the term,Freshman 15is what seems like a crappy tradition of gaining 15 pounds within the first year of transitioning to college, that a lot of people face come freshman year. However, as someone who shares a passion for cooking and nutrition, I wanted to share with you a few healthier in dorm options for meals that could limit and all-around diminish your appetite for those dirty Freshman 15. (But hey, don’t blame me if you can’t control yourself with these delicious suggestions😁)


Here is a list of my top 5 healthier suggestions:


  1. Sandwiches -

Who doesn’t love the old fashion ham and cheese or tuna melt on a whole wheat bun?? 🥪 And who knew that the most optimal lunch option would be one of the most talked-about sandwiches from grade school?! That’s right, the PB and J! So don’t be afraid to stock up on some whole wheat toast slices (these are my fav), and even a jar of natural peanut butter 🥜 for your new adventure!


  1. Wraps -

The less interesting but none the less healthy and optimal cousin of the sandwich, the wrap. And don't get it twisted, I don't mean for you to get excited about sharing an evening in McDonald’s snacking on five snack wraps 🌯🌯 on your lunch break (although a once a month visit to McD’s wouldn't hurt). Instead, opt for whole wheat or flaxseed wraps, and fill them with all your favorites like tuna, lettuce, tomatoes, and every once in a while, bacon!


  1. Smoothies -

Now, I know protein smoothies have become the talk of the town in regards of nutrition, but that doesn’t mean they have to be green 🥬 ! Stocking up on frozen veggies and fruits of your liking, as well as a milk alternative such as almond or cashew milk, and the addition of protein powder (if you are into that kind of thing ;) could help not only fill you up for your day ahead, but give you peace of mind that not only have you curbed the coffee and donut run at Dunkin' 🍩, but you won’t have to worry too much about the hassle of clean up following your breakfast endeavor.


  1. Oatmeal -

This recipe will come in handy if you are tight on time and are limited to the devices of a microwave. Although this is not the best option, it is one of the easiest! Pick your favorite fruit toppings 🍇 to sweeten up your morning oats and make way for a hardy and healthy start to your day!


  1. Salads -

I know, I know, salads might not be the favorite healthy meal to choose from, especially with options like pizza, donuts, and chips being served in the school cafeteria, however, hear me out for just one second! By getting fancy wth your greens by introducing some new textures like tomatoes 🍅 , kale, tuna, mozzarella and even a little bit of whole wheat pasta if you have the time, you can make what would be a boring old salad into a crunchy delectable lunch for on the go or in dorm enjoyment. And if you are looking for a little creaminess to your crunch, opt for salad dressings that are lower in calories so you can have more bang for your buck! 💲

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That’s a wrap!😂🌯 If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more awesome and healthier alternatives for college life, AND you need any suggestions for salad, oatmeal, or any specific recipe for the foods listed above, don’t be afraid to comment underneath this post!


And as always, I’ll see you guys in the next one!


- Celina 😊

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