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College is filled with a range of emotions that can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Your parents aren’t there to keep your dorm room stocked with food or cook your favorite meals. So what’s a college student to do? Noodles? Pizza? Gorge yourself at the cafeteria before heading back to study? NO!
You can survive by fueling your body right! Keep your sanity by going to a local grocery store for filling, satisfying, and nutrient-dense foods! Save time and money by doing your homework: look online for sales at grocery stores, make a list, and plan ahead. You’ll thank yourself later when you have to study for finals and your stomach begins to make whale sounds.
Take a drive with your roommate and others in your dorm to stock your room. No car? Take the bus or train! This is a great opportunity to get to know other people and explore your new city. When you all get back, cook a meal together!
Dorm Room “Kitchen” Essentials:
*Note: You won’t have a dishwasher in a dorm. Less is more when you have to share space. Keep a clean kitchen and prevent food borne illness, which can be mistaken for the flu.
*In season is always cheaper and will be sweeter
*Cheese can be high in sodium. Check the nutrition label and compare products.
Now that you have an idea of what to have in stock, you’re probably wondering: where do I put this all? Store any dry food items at least 6 inches off the floor to keep away from any bugs that may want to eat your food. Ants seem to find everything! Oh, and don’t take over the mini fridge unless you have one separate from your roommate. Designate a shelf or two to store your things, and label it the day you used it so you now how long it’s been opened. You don’t want to eat stale or expired food.
Having some satisfying options will make you reconsider going to the vending machine and spending $2.00 on an overly-processed snack. Remember: plan ahead! If you know you’ll be busy in the next few weeks, plan a day to check your food stock and go to store if you think you need extra food to keep you fueled over the next few weeks.