Many college students think it’s impossible to maintain a healthy diet while surrounded by grease trucks, pizza places, and the many choices at the dining hall. Although the freshman fifteen has become a phenomenon among this generation’s co-eds, our eating is totally under our control. Below is my mental grocery list that applies for both when I’m home and away at school.
The contents of my fridge:
1. Almond butter: I love spreading this healthy alternative to PB on my toast in the morning, especially before a workout. I make it at Whole Foods myself so that I know it is 100% almonds and it doesn’t have any preservatives.
2. Veggies – lettuce, zucchini, eggplant, portabella mushrooms, baby carrots, tomatoes and avocados (even though they’re technically fruits): I usually grill my vegetables in bulk on Sunday and have them ready to go for the week. Sometimes I put them in my quinoa, sometimes I put them in a salad, and I even make grilled press sandwiches with them with some mozzarella. They come in very handy and all of these take me less than 10 minutes to make, so it’s very convenient when I have a short time frame for lunch or dinner.
3. Fruit – grapes, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and mangos: I like putting strawberries and blueberries in protein shakes, snacking on grapes, and tossing pineapples or mangos on my salads.
4. Skim milk: The only dairy I’ll put in my coffee and protein shakes. Fat-free milk is pretty much pure protein. One cup had 8 grams of this muscle-building macronutrient, not to mention about a quarter of your daily recommended calcium requirements.
5. Pre-made quinoa salad: Quinoa is a super grain packed with protein, fiber, and tons of vitamins and minerals. I like to make my own quinoa salad when I grill my vegetables at the beginning of the week so that I can have a quick nutritious option for lunch or dinner during my busy week. Many supermarkets and delis also have ready-made quinoa salads that are also pretty yummy. Stay tuned for some quick and easy quinoa recipes next week by yours truly!
6. Light n’ Fit yogurt: Only 80 calories and perfect for a post dinner snack. One at night with some fruit is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth!
This list is fairly short and there’s nothing crazy on here that you can’t pick up at a local supermarket. All of these items are perfect for a health conscious college student on a budget!
Raquel Santos is a Health and Fitness writer for College Lifestyles™. She is a junior studying Dietetics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and an absolute gym rat. When she’s not training for races, she likes to catch up on the latest health trends, read, hang out with friends and family, draw, and write in her blogs.