I’m sure you all have heard of the freshman fifteen. Unfortunately, it is true. College is a way different ball park than high school, and our bodies experience a whole new level of stress, as well as sleep deprivation. When that happens, it’s easy to eat whatever is quickest, to inhale sugary caffeinated drinks, and to forget to stay hydrated. The answer is obviously to get of the rid of the stress. But that is stupid because it’s not like you can just drop out of school, or quit doing your homework. No, the answer is how to better handle stress. Exercising is always the best option. But if you’re anything like me, then the gym just isn’t for you. So, instead I’ve started to change my eating habits. I know eating healthier isn’t really a substitute for working out, but it does help that I’m not putting a whole bunch of fatty foods into my body. Eating healthy has always sounded so gross and bland. It’s never appealed to me before. But having the influence of my dear friend Julia, who is big on health, has really helped. I really like having my food quick and easy. I cannot be bothered and honestly living in a dorm room doesn’t really allow me to prepare healthy meals. Now your school caf is always an option, but I find it hard to actually find something besides salad that’s healthy. So, here are a few meals that are super quick, easy, and healthy.
1. Simple all wheat bread and crunchy peanut butter. I just take one slice of bread and slap some peanut butter on it. (You can make your bread last longer by putting in the fridge.) But this is so yummy and I usually love cutting up an apple and eating it with this.
2. Hummus and pretzel crisps. Pine nut hummus is way more flavorful than original hummus. There are also many other flavor options. Hummus is a staple for me. It’s easy to eat while watching TV or trying to home work.
3. Instant oatmeal. I really like this because I can just heat up some water with my Keurig and my oatmeal is ready. However, some of the instant oatmeal packet flavors are full of sugar. So, I really like the maple & brown sugar steel cut oats by the brand BetterOats. It’s packed with nutrients and flaxseed which is like the new trend. The only downside is that the instant packs are so small. So, I really like to doctor it up. I slice a whole banana, some granola (usually the kind with chocolate), and even some nuts to add a little salt. Adding all of these makes the oatmeal so much better and more filling.
4. Granola and soy milk or yogurt. For a snack or if I’m having some chocolate cravings, this is my go to. My stomach is really sensitive to most dairy products, so soy milk or lactose free milk is something I’ve been drinking for while. My favorite soy milk is vanilla Silk milk. Oh my gosh especially with the granola its so so so good. I usually have Cascadian Farm Organic dark chocolate coconut granola or Bear Naked chocolate elation. Cascadian farm has way more protein than Bear Naked, but Bear Naked is all chocolate and so good. I like putting both in a bowl then pouring milk over it. If you prefer yogurt to milk, then just put your granola over your yogurt.
5. Wheat bread and creamy peanut butter. If I’m not really feeling the crunchy peanut butter, I really like using creamy on one slice. Then I’ll slice up a whole banana and lay that on top.
6. Smoothies. My friend Julia has opened my eyes to the beauty of smoothie making. She has the NutriBullet and it’s really convenient for a dorm room setting. Making a smoothie is a great way to get your sweet tooth fix without eating anything unhealthy. Here’s what we put in the smoothie today: coconut milk, frozen mixed berries, with blackberries, blue berries, raspberries, blanched almonds, Trader Joe’s honey greek yogurt. Some days we’ll add a whole banana also make it more sweet. Smoothies are really versatile and you can pretty much customize to whatever you like. They’re a great way to get protein, calcium, antioxidants, and your daily fruit and veggie requirements. I really recommend investing into this, it’s well worth it.
7. Make your own lunch meat sandwich. If you’re not a huge fan of your schools caf then I really suggest this. All of the other snacks are really just snacks. So having something more substantial is really necessary. Using wheat bread still makes it healthy and knowing what you’re actually eating is good. I can’t eat a sandwich without potato chips because that’s just how I work. So, Ruffles used to be my favorite but obviously that’s not really healthy. So, I eat kettle cooked and I really like the brand Cape Cod. They taste super similar to the kettle chips Panera serves.
Julia’s work of art.