So, school time is upon us. To all the incoming freshmen, dorm munchies are VERY real. They are also VERY costly and contribute to the dreaded Freshman 15. How does a girl snack semi-healthy while confined in a dorm room with a simple mini fridge and microwave? Below are several ideas for healthy dorm room recipes concocted over the past year.
Easy fruit dip:
Light Cool Whip & sugar-free pudding mix & grapes, strawberries, apples, bananas or any fruit you can find to dip. This is a light & refreshing snack that won’t kill your diet. You can even dip vanilla wafers or graham crackers if you feel like it. So yummy!
Healthy mug cake:
1 scoop protein powder, 1 egg & (optional) splash of milk. Mix together and stick in the microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. It doesn’t sound that great, but this recipe is so easy and super delicious! (On the topic of mugs, you can cook an egg by sticking it in the microwave for 30 seconds).
Single serve pizza:
1 English muffin, pizza sauce & cheese. You can either eat it plane or stick it in the microwave for melted, gooey, yummy cheese. Or, take your English muffin down to the dining hall and toast it, that way it doesn’t come out saugy from the microwave. You can even add toppings like olives, mushrooms or pineapples!
Cucumber cheese “sandwiches”:
½ a cucumber cut into slices & 1 slice of cheese. It’s pretty self-explanatory by the name, but it’s also so good.
Frozen yogurt covered fruit:
1 cup of blueberries or strawberries & nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt. Freeze overnight for best results. This is so easy to do, but it’s probably the most forgotten. You can buy these in the stores, but they are full of processed sugars. This is the healthy way out!
Banana dog bites:
1 whole wheat tortilla wrap, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 banana. Roll the banana in the tortilla and cut into miniature wheels. If you’re feeling extra sweet and daring, add a chocolate chip to each one.
Peanut butter apple “sandwiches”:
2 circular apple slices & 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Again, self-explanatory.
Peanut butter dip:
1 cup of Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 teaspoons of honey & 1 apple. Mix the Greek yogurt, peanut butter and honey together, then dip away! Sweet and healthy.
If you can’t tell by now, peanut butter is a MUST for you dorm. it is so versatile and lasts well throughout the semester. If you want something super easy, try popping popcorn and adding garlic or taco seasoning to spice things up! Living in a dorm is all about getting creative!
My personal favorite is the cool whip recipe. It’s a healthy spin on snickers salad, minus the snickers and caramel, but tastes just as good!
I’d love to hear any ideas fellow collegiates have come up with throughout the semester. Tweet us @SOCIETY19 or comment down below!
Madeline is a nursing student at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She was born in the Midwest, but her heart is in the South. Her obsessions include anything Lily Pulitzer, Diet Coke, puppies, Southern accents, and traveling.