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huggamouse
10-02-2008, 12:15 AM
I'm currently living in a dorm, and I have a meal plan, thanks to having a big college, I've got pretty healthy and cheap choices meal wise, but when I'm up late doing homework and dinner's worn off I don't have much in the way of healthy snacking.

And if anyone doesn't have time, money, or the ability to cook (whether it's a lack of kitchen or lack of skill) it's a college student! So does any one have any good dorm snack recipes, or tips? I should be able to procure it if it's sold at walmart.

Please help! I'm sure these ramen noodles aren't good for me!


kelly315
10-02-2008, 12:22 AM
Oh, geez ramen noodles are terrible! They're actually fried before they're packaged, oi!

Do you have a microwave or minifridge?

huggamouse
10-02-2008, 12:43 AM
I have both :)!
Oops! I guess I should mention that I'm a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian! That means no meat, but I do eat eggs and dairy products!


mandalinn82
10-02-2008, 01:07 AM
If you have a fridge and a microwave, you've got options!

Snacks:
Microwave Popcorn
Greek or Regular Yogurt (greek is an especially great source of protein)
Veggies and Hummus (yum! Get pre-sliced veggies if you don't have any prep space) or other dips (salsa and veggies is one of my favorite snacks)
Fruits keep well, usually without even refrigeration
Whole wheat tortillas, with any number of fillings (laughing cow cheese wedges, natural peanut butter, etc)

If you wanted breakfast, you could easily keep smoothie ingredients in your room. Some milk in the fridge, protein powder on the counter, and some fruit (frozen, even, if you have one of those little freezer compartments in your dorm fridge). A few ice cubes, maybe, if the fruit isn't frozen. Throw in some peanut butter with a banana and you have breakfast. You can make it lighter late at night when you're studying by using low-cal fruits.

Oh! And for late nights, I always loved sugar free hot cocoa.

huggamouse
10-02-2008, 01:12 AM
Wow, nice ideas, but where can I find hummus in walmart? I really, really have no prep space (or money, last time i found storebought, it was expensive and tasteless :( )
I like the tortilla idea! I love handmade tortillas, if I can find some I'll be good.

mandalinn82
10-02-2008, 01:25 AM
They have it at mine! It's in the refrigerated section, usually by the fresh salsas (which in mine, are in a refrigerated case along a side wall, next to the cheeses)

huggamouse
10-02-2008, 01:51 AM
I'll look over there. My college is in a pretty small town, so we've just got the basics here, and Walmart is pretty much the only grocery! X)

mandalinn82
10-02-2008, 02:44 AM
If you can't find hummus, you still have dip options. Fat free sour cream makes a great base...stir in salt, spices, etc...even a seasoning packet (like a Ranch dip packet) in a pinch. They're high in salt but easy and quick.

junebug41
10-02-2008, 10:37 AM
I LOVE ramen and no, it's not good for you. I actually haven't had it in years, but there are alternatives!

http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/CategoryDisplay?cgmenbr=1279010&cgrfnbr=1339444

Thai Kitchen makes noodle bowls that are around 200 calories and the noodles are just regular rice noodles- not fried. Now, there's certainly no nutritional punch in them, but throw in some frozen veggies or have some raw veggies as a side and it will suffice.

Also, there are so many pre-packaged options for college students in the prodiuce section. I second Mandalinn in looking for hummus and other dips and accompanying them with pre-cut, pre-washed raw veggies.

artsnsmarts
10-02-2008, 10:43 AM
You can make your OWN 100-cal microwavable cake!! (Like a warm delight)

2 Tbsp sugar free cake mix
1 Tbsp Vanilla yogurt
Stir together...it will seems like there isn't enough yogurt and it's a little tough to stir together, but it WILL work it just takes a minute.


Mix together...microwave for 2 mins (i think....I would do it for 1 and check it and if it's not done, do it for another minute)

SO GOOD!

Does your dorm have a kitchen? I didn't have one in my room, but ever dorm I lived in had one kitchen per building. If so you could make whole-grain pasta to reheat in your microwave with veggies. You can steam veggies in your microwave now with steam bags you can buy at the grocery store. I've never used them but there are 3FCers who SWEAR by them.

I'm in college, too, and this IS possible!

nelie
10-02-2008, 10:44 AM
My advice is head to Macy's and look for a Bella Cucina blender that looks similar to a Magic Bullet Blender. I bought mine for $19. You can make hummus so easily. If you have a fridge, buy a couple cans of chickpeas (or any beans), buy some garlic cloves and some tahini. Throw the can of chickpeas, garlic cloves, a little tahini and a little water (or drain some of the water from the chickpea can if you use the water from the can) into the blender cup and whizz. That is inexpensive, good tasting hummus for you. You can also use the blender for many many other things.

huggamouse
10-02-2008, 12:09 PM
That cake sounds really good! I think I will try it, it sounds affordable too, but what do I cook it in? D:!
There is a kitchen, but I have a dining plan, so there's really no reason to cook. I mean, I have access to all sorts of healthy options everyday. It's really only at night when I'm studying that I have the problem :(. All i need is some healthy snack food. like fruit, or granola.(But I hate fruit)

Nelie: I'm not allowed to have a blender in my room. We are restricted to a fridge and a microwave. :(

girl81
10-02-2008, 12:25 PM
bagged salads
canned veggies
harb boiled eggs
fresh fruits

Shannon in ATL
10-02-2008, 12:28 PM
I did a similar microwave cake thing to the above suggestion in an oversized coffee mug. The recipe turned out to be terrible, so I won't share it, but the coffee mug worked perfect! :)

kelly315
10-02-2008, 12:31 PM
I love easy mac... it comes in Alfredo for only 220 calories, and all you need is water. Its like another little meal but with fewer calories, and I know warm food always makes me feel fuller and more satisfied. Just have a glass of water with it, and sodium's not too bad of a problem (like it is with most dorm food!). I also like oatmeal and cereal as 180-250 cal mini meals/snacks.

Good Luck!!

nelie
10-02-2008, 12:53 PM
mouse - thats odd! Can you use a blender in their kitchen? (Like have your blender, go to the kitchen to use it?)

GradPhase
10-02-2008, 09:41 PM
I'm in the dorms and having this problem too - only I don't have any access to a kitchen.

I really recommend buying oatmeal in bulk and getting different things to put in it. I'm struggling with WHAT to put in it though. Right now I'm working with canned peaches (they take up a TON of fridge space fresh) - but recommendations are welcome.

huggamouse
10-02-2008, 09:49 PM
:o! Good idea, but I'm still not sure exactly. If i do end up using the kitchen, I'll probably cook something in a large back and separate it, like my own trail mix or something :)!

Eskinomad- Try dried fruits and fruit mixes. Chopped nuts work well too. So do bananas (if you like them blegh.) and those stay just fine at room temperature. Fresh berries take up very little space in the fridge.