Healthy College Dorm Room Meals

Healthy College Dorm Room Meals

One of the most challenging parts of being away at college is learning how to make healthy meals without a full kitchen (or someone cooking for you). Even in a tiny dorm room, there’s always space for appliances that allow college students to whip up easy recipes that call for a microwave, waffle iron, toaster oven or indoor grill. Just be sure to check what appliances are allowed in their dorm.

Cooking for One

They won’t need much more than a mug or bowl and some flatware to get started with most affordable, healthy meals. And it’s smart to save a few containers from takeout, along with lids, so they can pack up leftovers and save them in their mini-fridge.

Microwave Tips

A microwave is the quickest way to fix fresh, hot food. For healthy microwave meals, they can start by steaming fresh or frozen vegetables. It’s easy to steam broccoli in a microwave, for example, and they’ll get lots of nutrition with very little effort. Or, they can buy potatoes or sweet potatoes and just wash one, then poke it with a fork and cook it. If they have a freezer available, consider stocking up on frozen fruits and veggies. Frozen produce is often picked and flash-frozen at the peak of freshness, providing high levels of nutrients.

If they’re looking to add protein to their easy microwave meals, a super-simple addition is microwave eggs. Spray a microwave-safe container with cooking spray, sprinkle a bit of salt into the bottom of the container and break an egg into it. Pierce the yolk and white a few times with a fork, then cook the egg, covered, for 30-second intervals until it’s cooked the way they like it.

Indoor Grill Recipes

Indoor grill recipes that are easy to pull off in a dorm room include panini and grilled cheese sandwiches. For maximum nutrition, your college student should be sure to prepare these with whole wheat bread, a few veggies and fresh herbs, low-sodium protein and low-fat cheese. They can also keep nutritious burger options on hand, whether they’re plant- or animal-based – it’s the perfect quick protein to pair with steamable microwaved veggies.

Toaster Ovens & Toasters

There are so many good toaster oven recipes using a loaf of bread. They can make avocado toast with whole wheat bread and try topping it with a microwave egg. If they’re in the mood for something sweet, they can make toast with peanut butter and sliced banana. Simple Truth™ Dark Chocolate Chips are a tasty topping, too.

Waffle Iron

This one is lightweight and super-easy to store. In addition to making traditional waffles with a waffle iron, we recommend using Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Waffle Mix for extra protein. They can also combine a few eggs, low-fat shredded cheese and chopped vegetables to make an omelet right in the waffle iron. They can prepare hash browns in it, too (with shredded zucchini mixed in for an extra serving of veggies).

Once they find a few favorite recipes and pick the right appliances, they can skip the cafeteria, save money and enjoy healthy meals.

Healthy College Dorm Room Meals

Healthy College Dorm Room Meals

One of the most challenging parts of being away at college is learning how to make healthy meals without a full kitchen (or someone cooking for you). Even in a tiny dorm room, there’s always space for appliances that allow college students to whip up easy recipes that call for a microwave, waffle iron, toaster oven or indoor grill. Just be sure to check what appliances are allowed in their dorm.

Cooking for One

They won’t need much more than a mug or bowl and some flatware to get started with most affordable, healthy meals. And it’s smart to save a few containers from takeout, along with lids, so they can pack up leftovers and save them in their mini-fridge.

Microwave Tips

A microwave is the quickest way to fix fresh, hot food. For healthy microwave meals, they can start by steaming fresh or frozen vegetables. It’s easy to steam broccoli in a microwave, for example, and they’ll get lots of nutrition with very little effort. Or, they can buy potatoes or sweet potatoes and just wash one, then poke it with a fork and cook it. If they have a freezer available, consider stocking up on frozen fruits and veggies. Frozen produce is often picked and flash-frozen at the peak of freshness, providing high levels of nutrients.

If they’re looking to add protein to their easy microwave meals, a super-simple addition is microwave eggs. Spray a microwave-safe container with cooking spray, sprinkle a bit of salt into the bottom of the container and break an egg into it. Pierce the yolk and white a few times with a fork, then cook the egg, covered, for 30-second intervals until it’s cooked the way they like it.

Indoor Grill Recipes

Indoor grill recipes that are easy to pull off in a dorm room include panini and grilled cheese sandwiches. For maximum nutrition, your college student should be sure to prepare these with whole wheat bread, a few veggies and fresh herbs, low-sodium protein and low-fat cheese. They can also keep nutritious burger options on hand, whether they’re plant- or animal-based – it’s the perfect quick protein to pair with steamable microwaved veggies.

Toaster Ovens & Toasters

There are so many good toaster oven recipes using a loaf of bread. They can make avocado toast with whole wheat bread and try topping it with a microwave egg. If they’re in the mood for something sweet, they can make toast with peanut butter and sliced banana. Simple Truth™ Dark Chocolate Chips are a tasty topping, too.

Waffle Iron

This one is lightweight and super-easy to store. In addition to making traditional waffles with a waffle iron, we recommend using Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Waffle Mix for extra protein. They can also combine a few eggs, low-fat shredded cheese and chopped vegetables to make an omelet right in the waffle iron. They can prepare hash browns in it, too (with shredded zucchini mixed in for an extra serving of veggies).

Once they find a few favorite recipes and pick the right appliances, they can skip the cafeteria, save money and enjoy healthy meals.

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