Although this list is primarily targeted to a dorm kitchen, these are really great meals for anyone going back to school or busy with work. With all of them you should always feel free to customize them with the fruits or veggies YOU enjoy! This collection of recipes are what I think are best suited for college because of 3 factors.
They store well. You can make them ahead of time and most of them will actually get better as they sit in the fridge and the flavors meld together.
They are easy to make. Even recipes that require cooking are made in 1 pot making your cooking & clean up a breeze. Plus the only equipment you really need is a knife, cutting board, and pan.
They travel well. These are recipes you can eat cold or at room temperature. They’re perfect to throw in your bag on the way to the library, local cafe, or wherever you’re meeting your friends.
Bonus! Every recipe on this list is gluten free. Recipes with a ** are vegan!
I don’t know about you, but whether I was going to an 8 AM class or a 10 AM class, it was never easy to get out of bed and breakfast certaintly wasn’t a reason to give up that last 5 minutes of sleep! That in mind, I picked these recipes because they can all be made ahead of time or in less than 1 minute. They’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the way to class (or even in class if you have one of those rare but wonderful professors who lets you have food!).
What makes a main dish great for college is its ability to be made ahead (preferably with 1 pan or less) and stored easily. Each of these recipes is designed to be made ahead of time and portioned into single serving jars. Pick one or two recipes per week, prep them out and you’re set!
What makes a dessert good for college? Well… just about anything sweet seems like a good idea but the goal is to avoid the sugar crash that comes after a big unhealthy treat. These recipes include better for you ingredients like dates & oatmeal but will still satisfy your sweet tooth without the burn out!
Magic Bars 125 calories, 7g fat, 15 carbs, 2g protein
If you are looking for guidance when it comes to exercise selection this video is for you! The primary objective of any workout program should be functionality, including exercises that translate to everyday activities. Many traditional exercise routines focus on isolating one muscle group at a time in one plane of motion. This is problematic because our bodies are designed to move in dynamic patterns utilizing prime movers, secondary movers and stabilizer muscles. If you overtrain one muscle group in one plane of motion you are not using your body as an integrated system of movers. The three planes of motion are sagittal, frontal and transverse.
Ingredients: 1 cup frozen cherries, one frozen banana, and 1/2 cup orange juice.
Method: Thaw the frozen fruit in cold water until it’s all just a little mushy. Break up the banana into three smaller pieces to make blending easier. Put all of the ingredients in a blender, blend to your desired consistency, top with chia seeds, then enjoy!
Celebrity trainer Don Saladino, shares four moves you should try to strengthen your core and better your balance.
1. The Matrix - Start standing with feet hip-width apart. Imagine you’re standing in the center of a clock, with 12 o’clock directly in front of you. Bend knees and elbows to prepare to jump. Swinging your arms for balance, jump toward 1 o’clock, and landing on your right foot and keeping your left knee up. Pause, then jump back to center. Repeat to 3 o’clock and 5 o’clock, then, landing on your left foot, to 11 o’clock, 9 o’clock, and 7 o’clock. Do three sets.
2. The Plank Row - Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and get in plank position with your hands on the dumbbells and your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Raise the dumbbell in your right hand until your elbow passes your torso, pressing the left dumbbell into the floor for balance. Lower your arm, and repeat on the other side. Continue alternating; do 10 reps on each side. Do three sets.
3. Legs for Days - Holding a dumbbell in your left hand, stand with feet hip-width apart. Take a big step forward with your right foot and a big step backward with your left foot, and then raise the dumbbell toward the ceiling, keeping your arm straight. Bend both knees simultaneously, keeping right knee over right ankle, never lowering the dumbbell. Pulse up and down; that’s one rep. Do 10 reps, and then switch sides. Do three sets on each side.
4. Stand and Deliver - Holding a dumbbell in your left hand, stand with feet hip-width apart. Raise your right foot a couple of feet off the floor, bending right knee 90 degrees. Raise your left arm so your elbow is at shoulder-height, then bend it 90 degrees. Extend left arm to press the dumbbell toward the ceiling while simultaneously clenching your right fist at hip level. Pause, then lower your left elbow to 90 degrees again and relax your right hand, but don’t lower your foot. Do 10 reps; then switch sides. Do three sets on each side. (Source: Cosmo)
In the ancient practice of ayurvedic medicine, summer is known as Pitta season – a fiery period characterized by the qualities of heat, lightness, sharpness, acidity, intensity, and oil. During this season, it’s common for people to suffer from Pitta-induced physical imbalances, like inflammation, irritation, and infection; as well as mental issues like anger, jealousy, and agitation.
What I find so fascinating about this practice is that it actually provides ways in which we can calm both our bodies and our minds from within – and it all starts with food.
During the summer, it’s best to consume foods that are bitter, sweet, cooling, and astringent in nature, as these work to balance out the hot, oily, sharpness of the Pitta season.