As a college student living in a dorm, specifically a person who has to eat gluten free, I understand that it is very hard to eat healthy. I have tried to look up different posts on Pinterest or other blogs but I honestly haven’t found anything that has truly helped me with finding tips and tricks about eating healthy in a dorm room. Because of this, I thought y’all might like a little insight into the ways I have found to stay healthy in college.
- Find a local health foods store.
In my home town, I had one or two stores that I knew I could find my favorite healthy snacks in order to keep me on track. In Raleigh, that place is Whole Foods. If you have a Whole Foods near you, this is the perfect place to go to find healthy, easy dinners. My favorite aisle is the freezer aisle because they have so many different foods that I can just heat up in my dorm room. I have also become a huge fan of grab-and-go food. With limited space in my room, I have had to find ways to make quick, easy meals that fill me up. Most health foods stores or even grocery stores like Publix are a great place to start.
2. Find microwave safe foods.
In most dorm rooms, the only way to cook food is in a microwave. Because of this, I have had to become crafty. I even learned how to make pasta in the microwave. I highly suggest Modern Table pastas. The ones that I choose are made out of lentils and rice and taste exactly like regular pasta. I’ve even had my boyfriend try it and if he approves, you know it tastes good! I also love using Rao’s pasta sauce. It’s really hard to find a healthy pasta sauce without a lot of sugars but this one is everything you could ask for! With only 2 grams of sugar and 40 calories per serving, it is the perfect addition to every pasta dish. They also have pizza sauce as well! I also have recently started to find protein sources that are easy to keep in my fridge. I suggest frozen quinoa burgers, chicken salad (gluten and dairy free), smoked salmon, and anything else that is easy to store in a microfridge. I have also started to use cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles as a base for some of my meals. All you have to do is heat them up in the microwave and it is a perfect healthy addition to a lunch or dinner!
3. Grab-and-go snacks.
As I mentioned before, grab-and-go snacks have become my new best friend. Whether it’s Epic protein bars, RX protein peanut butter, little packs of nuts or packs of olives and pickles, I love finding little packages I can easily fit in my book bag or eat on the way to class. It is also easy to find healthy options of little packets of nuts or protein bars or anything you want, really. (Again, I suggest Whole Foods for this.) This is also important because it prevents you from grabbing quick, unhealthy snacks from convenience stores around campus and keeps you on track with your fitness goals! I definitely suggest keeping a snack in your bag at all times because you never know when you might need a little pick me up!
I know it’s not always everyone’s favorite meal, however, greens are so important when trying to keep a healthy diet! Thankfully, my school has an amazing salad bar that I go to everyday day at lunch to keep me on track. This is perfect because it doesn’t require me to keep anything in my dorm room. But a quick tip is to make sure you are getting enough protein on the salad or you will just get hungry again quickly!
I also recommend protein or any type of shakes that will keep you full. Personally, as my breakfast, I use Elevate Smart Coffee in my shake. I mix a little bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, water, PB2 peanut butter powder, stevia and a packet of this smart coffee. The coffee itself is not super delicious so I definitely recommend adding something else to it like I do! This coffee fills me up for a while and is a perfect start to my morning!
There is no perfect way to eat healthy in a dorm room or even in college. It can definitely become difficult because there are temptations everywhere. However it is definitely doable and is so SO important to stay active. Eating healthy is very important, but with the stresses of college, homework and exams, a good workout in the gym, or even just a walk around campus is the perfect way to relieve stress and take care of yourself! I hope these ideas help you and please left me know if you have any tips for me too!