Dorm Room Microwave Meals

College is a huge transition in many of our lives, and it comes with so many amazing (and sometimes stressful) experiences! One of the biggest changes is going from living at home with your parents, to living either in a college dorm room or apartment. Living in a college dorm can be tough on your eating habits because it’s not very conducive to cooking. College dining halls are great, but sometimes you don’t want to get out of the dorm for every single meal! We understand the struggle, so we’ve found several recipes that can be made in your college dorm with just a microwave and mini-fridge! No more late night packets of ramen and spoonfuls of peanut butter!

Breakfast

  1. Overnight Oats – there are so many ways to make overnight oats, and all you need are oats, any type of milk, and whatever toppings you want! Most overnight oat recipes are super simple. All you have to do is combine oats and milk in a 1:1 ratio (½ cup is usually a good breakfast size) and then mix it up with your favorite toppings. That can be berries, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, yogurt, peanut butter…the sky’s the limit!
  2. Microwavable Scrambled Eggs – sounds strange, but it’s so easy and healthy! All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, eggs, and a fork. You can eat it plain or top it with avocado, microwavable bacon, or salsa for a kick!
  3. Blueberry Muffin – classic breakfast recipe you can make in the microwave!

Main dishes

  1. Microwavable Mac and Cheese – ultimate comfort food! You can make this in a mug in less than 5 minutes. It’s also perfect serving size for 1 person!
  2. Baked Potato – that’s right, you can make these right in your microwave! Just pop that potato in the microwave and get your toppings ready – it takes less than 10 minutes!
  3. Vegetarian Burrito Bowl – for when you can’t make it to Chipotle! You can make so many variations of this depending on what toppings you have, but the base is so quick and easy!
  4. Pizza in a Mug – you may seem skeptical, but it’s a college dorm room staple! This recipe gives the basic ingredients, but you can jazz it up with whatever toppings your heart desires.

Sweet Treats

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie – for those nights you can’t get rid of your sweet tooth! Learn how you can make a homemade cookie in just a couple minutes.
  2. Strawberry Pop Tart – this could be a breakfast, but also satisfies late night cravings! Just like a pop tart, it has a sugary outer layer and jam-filled center – you could try any flavor of jam to mix it up!
  3. Coffee Cake – an indulgent treat you can make in a mug! And who doesn’t love coffee at all times of the day?

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Healthy food can be expensive, especially as a college student on a budget. It can be so tempting to drive through your favorite fast food place when you’re tired or need something quick. But I promise, there are plenty of tips and tricks to eat healthy while also being smart with your money! Here are some money saving ways to trade in that Big Mac for some nutrient-packed goodness.

Plan Out Your Meals Ahead of Time

Take an hour each week to plan all your meals, and make a grocery list based on that. This way, you only get exactly what you need instead of items you won’t use and waste money!

And stick to this plan when you get to the grocery store: don’t give in to an impulse buy or random junk food.

Cook Larger Meals

When you cook larger portions, you can save the leftovers. Invest in some plastic containers and keep your leftover food for lunches or dinners on days when you’re in a hurry. This will replace those frantic stops at a drive-thru!

Buy in Bulk

Many grocery stores are adding bulk food sections, where you can get large quantities of certain items at cheap prices.

Food like grains, rice, oats, nuts, and snack mixes are healthy options that can be used in many recipes and last a long time when stored in airtight containers!

Take Advantage of Frozen Produce

Fresh fruits and veggies are optimal, but can sometimes be expensive when it’s not in season. Canned produce is full of preservatives and often has less nutritional value.

When produce is out of season or more expensive, go check the frozen section! Frozen fruits and veggies can be used year-round, steamed with your meals, or thrown into a delicious smoothie.

Get Creative with Your Protein

Replacing meats with other proteins a couple times a week can save you money. Try opting for other healthy protein sources like eggs, beans, nuts, quinoa, or tofu a couple times a week.

When you do buy meat, aim for healthier types like turkey, fish, and chicken instead of red meat and cured items. Red meats and cured foods (like bacon and sausage) have more bad fats and preservatives than poultry, so try replacing these types of meat in your meals.

Switch to Whole Grains

They are full of fiber and help your digestive system! If you eat foods with white flour, switch to ones with whole grain: good places to start are bread and crackers. Opt for brown rice instead of white rice. These are easy switches to make that won’t change your grocery bill at all!

These are just a few tips to get started on your new healthy lifestyle, while not breaking the bank! There are many ways to save money and eat foods that are good for you and will build healthy habits through your college years!

How to Stay Healthy & Fit in College

Juggling studying, going to classes, and maintaining social relationships can take up majority of your time in college and it’s very easy to create unhealthy habits. However, we’ve come up a few tips to help you feel your best and stay healthy & fit in college!

Create a Routine

When you only have classes a few times a week during odd hours of the day, it can be hard to keep a routine going but having a set schedule of what you need to do during the day will make it so much easier to keep healthy habits. Be sure to set aside some time daily for some cardio or yoga or whatever fitness activity you’d like.

Meal Prep

Picking up fast food on campus can be a quick and easy solution when you are hungry and busy with studying but it can quickly become an unhealthy habit. An easy way to make sure you don’t give in to the temptation is to prepare your meals ahead of time. You can make your meals at the start of the week or even every 2 days, whichever fits your schedule best, this will make life so much easier when you are busy and have no time to cook yourself a healthy meal. You can find tons of meal prep recipes online.

Take Advantage of Your School’s Rec Center

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Most schools have a gym that is available to all students. If you can, try and take advantage of this amenity and everything it has to offer. The on-campus gym makes working out super convenient and easy, all while not having to leave campus! Some even offer exercises classes, such a cycling or yoga, which can make working out easier if you’re just starting out.

Get Enough Sleep

Try to get a full 8 hours of sleep at night, sleep plays a crucial role in your overall health! We know keeping up with studying and classes can get overwhelming and you might try to pull a few all-nighters but lack of sleep can make you feel so much worse and won’t help with retaining information, it can also hinder weight loss and even cause weight gain. Along with the routine tip, make sure you are working in an adamant amount of sleep into your schedule every night.

Drink Plenty of Water

Lastly, we know you’ve heard it before…but drink more water! It might be one of the healthiest things you can do for your body since it needs water to properly function. Try and keep a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go and fill up multiple times a day.