July 24, 2024

Living in the dorms can be tough, especially for those who are on their own for the first time. Fortunately, eating well while living on campus is not rocket science.


While it is true that students can find wholesome food at the Alumni Dining Columns, Wanda’s Café or Brisco’s Café, many fail to realize that plenty of foods can be prepared from the comfort of their dorm room.


With getting ready and rushing to class, breakfast can be hectic. One simple and speedy option for students is a quick fruit and yogurt parfait.


To make a yogurt parfait, students only need an individual-sized cup of vanilla yogurt such as Ralph’s Carbmaster Vanilla Yogurt and berries like blueberries, raspberries or even strawberries. Students can simply mix in berries and granola-if accessible-and they have a sweet, high protein breakfast made in under a minute.


Another busy morning idea is a bagel and cream cheese. Try Thomas 100 Percent Whole-Wheat Bagels and Philadelphia Original One-Third Less Fat Cream Cheese for a filling, healthy meal.


For lunch, students can make a quick, easy and healthy peanut butter and banana sandwich. It is filling without the unwanted carbs, sugar and preservatives of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. To make this, students should spread peanut butter over two slices of Whole wheat or whole grain bread and add half-inch slices of banana. This, with a glass of fat-free milk, is a balanced meal that can keep a student satisfied until dinner.


Another delicious lunch recipe is turkey wraps. To make these, students need Tortillas, Philadelphia One-Third Less Fat Garden Vegetable Spread, lettuce, tomato and Foster Farms 98 Percent Fat-Free Thinly Sliced Turkey Breast. This yields about four to six turkey rolls and does take more time than most but includes both protein and vegetables and is shareable so leftover rolls are not wasted.


For dinner, an easy and delicious option is Buitoni Refrigerated Pasta. It can be found at any grocery store and made in a matter of minutes. All students need to do is follow the directions on the package and add sauce (Buitoni’s Marinara Sauce is in the same section as the pasta itself). There are also Aidell’s All-Natural Chicken Meatballs to add extra flavor.


Another option is making fajitas using John Soules Foods Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Fajita Strips, tortillas and Fresh Party Favorites Pico de Gallo or even Pace Original Medium Picante Sauce. Both options make for healthy and hearty dinners.


With the proper preparations, students can eat anything from their old home-cooked favorites to quick and easy snacks. Yum!


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