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Back to School Recipes to Save Time & Money!

A study from the “Journal of Nutrition” about public university freshman found that 1/4 students gained 10lbs. or more in their first year. With so much to balance in the first few weeks, making sure you’re eating right should be a major priority.
Dorm rooms may not always have full kitchens and appliances, but there are so many great tips and tricks you can use to make eating a breeze (and not too expensive!)

Tips

1. Utilize common cooking spaces
If you’re in a building with a common cooking space – use it! This is an easy place to meal prep a few things that you can store in a mini fridge for the week. Meals like prepped salads, whole wheat pasta, and chicken breasts are easy, one pot/pan solutions.
2. Use canned goods
Foods in cans are easy to store, easy to use, and are usually less expensive. Canned tomatoes can be great for a pasta sauce and won’t go bad as easily as fresh produce.

3. Invest in small appliances and snack bags
If you’re a smoothie fiend or a protein shake post-workout fan, invest in a small blender. Don’t let the good habits you had at home become impossible when you can get the tool you need without sacrificing a lot of space. Also, make sure to have things to-go, this will take away the risk of spending money on food when you’re in between classes.

Recipes

Breakfast: Blueberry Smoothie
3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup low-fast blueberry yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 avocado
1 cup crushed ice
Blend in a blender & enjoy!
Lunch: Pasta Salad for one
1 cup tri-colored pasta, pre-cooked
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup cucumber or celery, chopped

1/4 cup sliced olives
1 tbsp green onions
1 tbsp feta cheese or cubed marble cheese
1 tbsp of light Italian dressing or light ranch dressing
Add veggies, then cook pasta and mix in bowl or togo container, top with cheese and dressing
Snack: Healthy veggie nachos
15 multigrain tortilla chips (or whole wheat chips, black bean chips or flax seed chips)

2 tbsp of mild or medium salsa
1 handful shredded Mexican blend cheese
Assorted toppings (chopped jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion, green onions etc…)
Sprinkle chips with salsa, cheese and microwave for 60-90 seconds until cheese melts
Add toppings.