Ramen noodles can only take a brain so far. And they add up to the dread Freshman 15 – as in pounds you’re going to gain in the first year because you’re eating stupid. Mom and Dad are not there to cook at least one balanced meal for you.
Here are foods you need to have around – with bang for buck nutrition.
Almond or nut butter. Skip the Skippy – too much sugar. Give almond or cashew butter a try. I’m wild about this one:
To make a neat Thai peanut sauce for the salad you brought home from the dining hall, or frozen egg rolls your mom sent, you’ll need these to go with that nut butter:
(And the above is gluten-free.)
Smart kids pick up extra hard-boiled eggs from the dining room and make egg salad or deviled eggs with them. See the above Sriracha sauce for them – along with mayo and mustard – also must-haves in your slim pantry.
Make your own trail mix in huge batches, and repackage into small cans for midnight snacking. Seeds, a little dark chocolate and maybe some nuts, if you can handle them. Start with seeds and dried fruit.
Forget bread – buy pitas and tortillas instead. These are decent.
You want to eat fresh fruit and veggies, and can steal some from the dining hall, but you’re bad about getting around to them. Buy Green Bags that help the produce last longer in your fridge.
These Green Bags are reusable.
Keep the iron plate clean – invest in a sandwich press – there’s no end to what you can press to make food – way beyond grilled cheese. Think chicken quesadillas, Italian hot paninis, hot pastrami on rye, tuna melts, pattie melts, veggie burgers, hot chocolate chip cookies for ice cream sandwiches…and chocolate turnovers – to impress those guests.
And if you are on the Meal Plan and have a moderately equipped dining hall, here are the hacks for it, courtesy of BuzzFeed.