I did anyway..
I remember my freshman year I would always order either a piece of grilled chicken with a salad, a smoothie, a turkey sandwich or soup.
There were SO many options for food- I could have had fast food from Chic-Fil-A, Burger King, Taco Bell or ordered a burger with french fries from the grill station, we had einstein bros, a pizza place and Marble Slab.. ALL IN ONE PLACE. That's pretty dangerous for someone who has a meal plan and could potentially eat three meals a day at the dining hall.
I would walk to the grocery store close to campus and get things to eat and cook on my own in my dorm room so that I didn't eat at the dining hall 24/7.
I did not make this recipe in college but I know it can be easily done in a dorm room- if you've got a microwave and a fridge (with a little freezer at the top) or have a friend who does then you can make this healthy recipe!
Try out this Asian inspired recipe.
Frozen Veggies- Asian style that can be steamed in the bag (I used Birds Eye Steamfresh)
Microwavable Rice ( I used Uncle Ben's whole grain brown rice)
Stir Fry Sauce (I used Annie Chun's Pad Thai)
Simply microwave the rice and the vegetables
Combine in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of sauce per serving
You may also top with sesame seeds
Using quinoa (which is a complete protein!) instead of whole grain rice but you will need a microwaveable bowl to cook the quinoa.
When shopping for these ingredients, if you can get organic that's probably best. (I couldn't find any of these ingredients in my grocery store's organic section). The Pad Thai sauce is ''all natural'' but Fooducate says it has a high GMO probability, which is a bummer. I'll definitely be looking for an alternative.
Regardless of organic or not organic...
This meal is under 300 calories,
and is much better than most dining hall food or Chinese takeout!
Being in control of what you are eating and how it is prepared will save you a lot of extra calories. And that is one (amoung many others) of the reasons college freshmen gain weight.. because they are forced to eat dining hall food.
Hope you are enjoying College Month! Please share this with your family and friends who are in college.
I'll be posting more Dorm Room Recipes, so be on the look out :)
STAY TUNED, upcoming posts:
The best healthy dorm room snacks
College Month- monthly challenge