Food is amazing. And if you’re starting out in college, you will experience how dorm-cooked meals cannot compare to home-cooked meals and that dining halls are not restaurants. I’m about to be a junior in college, and I will now be getting used to cooking on my own, making grocery lists and preparing my meals. Dining halls and cooking on your own are definitely two new things you will experience in college.
With busy college schedules, good food and snacks are necessary! Whether you have an apartment or a dorm, be sure to stock up on some healthy options to fuel your busy days. Here’s some quick tips and a grocery list for any college girl!
Tips for Cooking/Eating in College
1. One thing that saved me for dorm-cooked meals was this Micro-Cooker from Pampered Chef. A Micro-Cooker is perfect for heating up anything in microwaves from soup to leftovers! Many of my suitemates freshman year borrowed this from me so it’s awesome being prepared to cook some food quickly and easily.
2. Save some weekend time to go grocery shopping. It’s always great to plan out meals at the beginning of the week, so that way you won’t be starving during study time and you’ll be ready for class!
3. Keep coupons in your wallet or wristlet. Or keep them close by! My freshman year, I collected so many coupons or rewards cards, but I often forgot to use them at the restaurants. They stayed in my drawer hidden instead of being with me to save money.
4. Always have some peanut butter and jelly handy. This totally saved me all the time. While we strive to eat okay and be healthy for the most part, it is very hard to do in college. I’m going to be upfront and say that I have so many goals to eat healthy, but time and life gets in the way during college. You’ll be happy with an old classic like PB&J when you need something quick. One thing that’s good about college is that no one judges you for what you eat most of the time. But ideally, let’s strive for the healthier options together! It’s my goal this year to develop a healthy eating plan!
Here’s a list of groceries that I’m going to be getting to stock up my apartment. Meal planning is going to be every Sunday. I’m going to cut fruits and veggies and prep some meals to eat throughout the week.
Here’s the grocery list I’m going off of:
Do you have any food tips for college? When I pack for college, I’m also going to save room for some of my favorite snacks from home. Since I live in a different state, food changes when I go home and back to school. It’s nice to have some of your favorite home foods at college just in case!
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that food is so critical to who we are and how we live our lives. By feeding ourselves nutritious food, we are subconsciously reminding ourselves of our worth. We put in good things to get good results. While food can be the most basic thing, it’s the most important. And my last tip of this post is to develop your food philosophy in college. You never know what foods you will try and what you will like!
P.S. I created an updated healthy grocery list for college with a few additions and changes to live a healthy lifestyle!