Healthy options: college student?
Topic: Healthy options: college student?
March 26, 2019 / By Xylina Question:
I live in a dorm and don't really have a meal plan. I normally eat one meal from somewhere on campus a week...such as Subway, Chick-Fil-A, or a wrap. I need some healthy ideas for food, especially dinner ideas, that I could have with a limited budget, as well as only having a mini fridge/freezer, and a microwave. Also, healthy dessert options. My normal day consists of...
Breakfast- 1 bowl of cereal, normally Kashi or Cheerios, with skim milk, as well as one fruit
Lunch- A sandwich, wheat bread, with deli turkey, one fruit, and a Yoplait Light yogurt
Dinner= Carrots, and a frozen meal, Lean Pocket, or something from on campus (mentioned above)
Dessert= Depends what I get that week, but normally a 100 cal pack, 1 cookie, or a fruit.
I also normally just drink water with my meals, and keep a food journal to track my diet. I work-out everyday and either do a group fitness class or bike 5-10 miles and walk 1-2, as well as do weights and stretch.
Thank you! :]
Best Answers: Healthy options: college student?
Shaylyn | 3 days ago
Wow. That's actually a good meal plan compared to all the other kids these days who are just plain couch potatoes. Whole wheat bread? Good choice. Skim milk? Your parents taught you right. I don't see anything too wrong with it. The dessert is fine. Good job. You're a fit college student :)
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Originally Answered: Does anyone have any quick, easy (hopefuly healthy) recipes for a college student?
Here are a few casseroles they are cheap &easy!!! One pan & bake!! I have made them all & they are good!! I hope you enjoy!!!!
4 teaspoons olive oil
6 tablespoons sour cream
4 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
2 cups cooked white rice
8 ounces boneless chicken breast halves, chopped
In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute mushrooms.
Combine mushrooms, sour cream, cheese, salsa, rice, and chicken. Place in a greased casserole dish.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
2 1/2 cups chopped chicken breast meat
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (10 ounce) package frozen broccoli
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl combine the chicken, soup, milk, cheese, broccoli, green onion, basil and pepper. Mix well and spread mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 50 minutes, until bubbly.
Chicken & Rice Casserole
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 cup water
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
3 teaspoon garlic powder
ground black pepper to taste
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
In a large bowl combine the mushroom soup, celery soup, water, rice, mushrooms, garlic powder and black pepper. Mix all together. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish and spread on bottom.
Lay chicken pieces over soup mixture and sprinkle dry onion soup mix over all. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.
First, get a part time job at a restaurant. Then, stock up on fruits and cheese and veggies. Yogurt. When you go to the store, don't just take a list, check out what's on special. If gala apples are 59 cents a pound - buy 'em! 5 pound blocks of cheese at my grocery are often 2$ or more less per pound than smaller ones. Do you have someone you can split things like this with?
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You can make pasta and buy a jar of sauce. I like Healthy Choice or Classico.
Tuna, peanut butter, kidney beans, chickpeas, you can make pizza on tortillas. I buy a small can of pizza sauce (near the pasta sauce in the grocery store) Lay out a tortilla, spread with some pizza sauce. I used to buy the Vegetarian "pepperoni" but I am middle aged. As a young person you can eat pepperoni but there is a lot of fat in it. Buy some cheese, grate it and put on top. Microwave it, or put it in a frying pan on medium heat and after a few minutes, put the lid on the pan to melt the cheese.
My Dad loves to buy a jar or can of mixed beans and buy a jar of Heinz chili Sauce (it is NOT hot) and pour out some beans on a plate, pour on some sauce and microwave that.
Oh I love to micro. a potato. Pierce the skin a few times with a fork and nuke it for about 3 minutes - careful it is HOT when taking it out of the micro. Stick a fork in it. If it is big and the fork doesn't go through easily, nuke (microwave) it some more. I then pour ranch or caesar salad dressing on it. YUM.
Sausages, macaroni and cheese (I used to make with small cans of tomato juice.)
You know if you buy a Rottisere chicken at the grocery store you can eat that sucker for a a few meals. Chicken the first night, sandwich the next day. Chicken a la king, chicken fried rice, chicken shop suey - all easy to make on a hot plate.
I would go look at Better Homes and Gardens website. They have put out a few cookbooks on budget meals. I'm sure you can probably do a search on their recipe database for the term budget. Or even Google Budget Meals.
Oh and I loved buying the Yves Vegetarian Burgers (hope you can get them because they are really good.) I used to nuke it for lunch at work all the time.
Eggs are very versatile. Omelets are yummy and you can fill them with tons of different things. You CAN freeze cheese but it crumbles really weirdly after so I would only use it on something you are going to melt it on.
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Without having to actually cooking a meal each night, or several in advance there is little choice.
Canned, dried and frozen foods can only offer a limited menu.
There are a lot of MW meals and recipes, but you still need to have a reasonably well stocked larder, fridge and freezer.
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there's a cookbook called "help! my apartment has a kitchen" that has a lot of ideas that involve somewhat healthy meals that don't take a ton of ingredients.
AND it's only four bucks on amazon right now. :)
oh, and simple chicken-vegetable-stir-fries with rice are always easy and healthy.
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Originally Answered: CHEAP healthy meals for a broke college student trying to lose weight?
Sorbet is a sweet treat that is not that unhealthy. Especially ones made with real fruit. Most flavors are quite good, especially rainbow. Also, gelatin and pudding are low in calories and fat and some are sugar free. There are also fruit bars and popsicles, which are cheap on sale and very low in calories and sugar but still sweet tasting.
As for meal food, grilled chicken wraps would be a great way to go. Tortillas are cheaper and healthier than bread. Just fill some with lettuce, tomato, perhaps a little cheese... anything you like.