For college freshmen, one of the biggest questions that always comes up is: “what am I going to eat???” Not only is your mom not there to cook for you, but you are also limited to having only a microwave and fridge in your room. You’ll have tons of swipes and Cougar Points, but I’m sure at some point during the semester you won’t have the time or energy walk allllllllllll the way to Banks to grab something to eat. Luckily for you, I put together a list of some quick recipes, snacks and ideas for you to whip up in your dorm room! A lot of the things I found came from Pinterest and Daphne Oz’s The Dorm Room Diet so everything can be altered to fit your personal appetites and can be looked up on your own as well.
Oatmeal- Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to make because it’s easy and convenient. I use plain rolled oats and pretty much add whatever I feel like that morning!
1/2 cup rolled oats water or milk 1/2 sliced banana 2 tbsp. almonds
1 tsp. peanut butter cinnamon
1 tsp. cocoa powder 1 tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips
Microwave oats and water. Mix in cocoa powder, PB and cinnamon to oatmeal. Stir in banana slices, almonds and chocolate chips.
Overnight Oats- I just found this recipe this past year and I love it, especially for when it’s hotter outside and I’m not in the mood for hot oatmeal.
1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 c. greek yogurt 1/4 tsp. vanilla cinnamon 1 tsp. cocoa powder 1 tsp. chocolate chips
Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight in an air tight container.
1 cup of yogurt 1/2 cup mixed berries 1/2 cup granola
The best part is you can use frozen berries which are easier to store without worrying about them going bad, plus you can use them in your smoothies too!! You can add in cinnamon, honey, nuts, coconut flakes, etc.
Smoothies- One of the best things I invested in my freshmen year was a single serve blender (Hamilton Beach and Oster MyBlend are just a few good brands). Store frozen fruit and berries in your freezer, use yogurt/milk/orange juice as a liquid base and add in anything from peanut butter, cocoa powder, spinach, protein powder, oats, etc. If you use frozen fruit you won’t even have to add ice! Another good idea for smoothie lovers- prepare a few Ziploc baggies with the right portion of ingredients and store in your freezer. Then all you have to do is empty the contents into the container, blend and run to class!
Cookie Dough-This is my all time favorite dessert and was my go-to snack freshman year because it’s so easy and delicious. You can add in more/less of the sweeteners depending on your taste buds.
1/2 cup of greek yogurt 1 tbsp. peanut butter 1 tbsp. chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. honey
Refrigerate, freeze or enjoy it immediately, depending on what your looking for.
Mug cakes- A single serving of cake microwaved in a mug- these are seriously a college students best friend. There are literally hundreds of mug cake recipes and variations; from three ingredient recipes to healthier breakfast cakes you will definitely find what you’re looking for.
Here’s a super easy and good one:
8 tbsp. funfetti boxed cake mix
1 egg 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. water cooking spray
Spray a mug liberally with cooking spray. Add egg, oil, and water to cake mix, and mix with a fork until creamy. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute 30 seconds. Microwave 30 seconds more if still gooey.
Cut up apple slices into cubes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and microwave for 2 minutes. Add in mango and strawberry pieces or other fruits you like.