Recipes for the College Student, Part 1

If you’re anything like me, in entering college, you’re going to be fairly broke. Here comes the wave of responsibility of paying for a vehicle, paying for your education, and paying for daily life regardless. And the last thing you want to do is live the standard broke college student life of Ramen noodles and mac and cheese. Frankly, my health is far too important – I would rather have a few recipes on hand of fairly cheap, healthy items that I can make fairly easily with only a small amount of time. Remember though, it’s always good to have a rest day from a healthy diet. Sometimes it’s okay to splurge on something bad for you.

What's healthy and cheap? (photo by

What’s healthy and cheap? (photo by

1. Warm Quinoa Greek Salad

Yes, quinoa can be quite pricey – say if you get it from a supermarket such as Publix. But if you want a big bang for your buck – invest in quinoa from a bulk distributor such as Sam’s Club. With it’s 6 grams of fiber per serving, quinoa will fill you up and leave you happy and healthy. Here’s the recipe.

2. Creamy Avocado Pasta

I’ve actually tried this one myself, and may I say it was ten times better than I was expecting it to be! Even my friends who didn’t remotely like avocado liked this dish. So good and so easy!

3. Baby Carrots and Hummus

This isn’t exactly a recipe but honestly, eating an entire tub of hummus (which I frankly can at most only eat 75% of) and a whole package of baby carrots would only equal to around 550 calories. When I’m at school, I just pack the two into my back pack and munch on them throughout the day – which often takes the place of my ridiculously caloric school lunch. It’s a win-win situation.

4. Veggie “Fried” RiceĀ 

Who says you really have to fry rice to emulate the taste of fried rice? Those at Greatist don’t believe it for a second! If there’s anything I want to try from this post, it’s going to be this. You could make a large batch of veggie “fried” rice and then proceed to eat it throughout the week while you’re in the dorm room.

5. Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting

Oh, man this sounds delicious. I personally have not tried this recipe, but I have baked with greek yogurt before. It gives it a little bit of tartness that I didn’t necessarily find too enjoyable, but the prospect of the raspberry frosting with the greek yogurt cupcakes makes perfect sense! The two would equalize the other very well.

6. Energy Bites

Are you pulling an all-nighter, or do you just have to finish that paper before midnight? Well, you may feel fatigued but Greatist has a recipe that may help you out! With oats, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, banana chips, chocolate chips, blueberries, peanut or almond butter, and agave nectar, the amount of protein in these bites is ridiculous! Surely enough to keep you energized until that paper is due. The best part? They’re no bake – just refrigerate!

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