By now, you’re probably pretty sick of cafeteria food. And if you’re anything like us, you’re also frustrated about the lack of healthy options. Still, stocking up on organic, nutritious food isn’t a challenge if you know what to look for. These healthy, tasty items are perfect to keep in your dorm room and will help you stay on track with your fitness and wellness goals.
Fruits and Veggies:
You can’t go wrong with fruits and vegetables! While you will have to eat them fast before they expire, stock up on easy on-the-go standards like apples and bananas. If you have access to a mini-fridge, throw in some baby carrots, cucumbers, and celery (all which make excellent snack food).
No fridge? No problem! Buy canned versions, which are often just as healthy. Just be sure that the item is packed in water, not sugar or juice. There are also dried versions which last almost all year round.
Whole grains are your best friend and key to living healthy. This means you should cut out less healthy grains like white bread and bagels. Instead, focus on filling items like wheat pasta, brown rice, and quinoa, which are easy to make with some boiling water and a can of organic sauce.
Since breakfast is when you get a good chunk of your grains, make some great choices like oatmeal (stay away from artificial versions), whole wheat cereal, and wheat bagel thins. Add a fruit to spice it up and keep it within your calorie zone.
Dairy is the toughest of the food groups to stash in your dorm room, especially if you don't have a fridge. But the vitamins and nutrition that comes from it are essential to filling you up and keeping you on your toes. So how can you make it work?
One option is to try non-dairy milks. Soy milk, for example, is sold in canisters and can be kept for a long period of time (please note that soy milk must be refrigerated after opening, so buy the smallest version you need). You can also get dairy from pudding cups, hot chocolate, and breakfast bars.
Vegetarians, rejoice! You can get a great meal out of some easy, nonperishable items like dry packages of black beans, chickpeas, and pinto beans. Add in some nut protein for added oomph. Peanut butter is a college student’s favorite, but almond butter is healthier and takes out unnecessary sugars. Don’t forget about seeds too.
If you’re still looking for meat options, look for low sodium versions of high protein soups and stews and canned in water tuna, sardines, and clams. Organic or all-natural protein bars and shakes are also great alternatives when you need a quick punch of energy.
If your college student is looking to stay healthy but doesn’t have the money or time to go shopping, there are still ways to get them a head start on filling their mini pantry. Healthy care packages, such as the Healthy Blend, come straight to them in the mail.
Another option is to use online shopping services such as Amazon Pantry to be sure grocery deliveries come on time when you need it. With one day or same day delivery and loads of coupons out there, you don’t even need to make it to the store to stash healthy and tasty foods in your dorm.