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How to Prepare Healthy Meals in Your Dorm Room

Skip the midnight pizza run and try some of these healthy—and fast—dorm-friendly dishes.


  • Step 1: Eat oatmeal Eat oatmeal. It's fast, healthy, filling, and affordable. Dress it up with a spoonful of jam, a sprinkling of nuts or dried fruit, a dollop of peanut butter, or a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • TIP: Instant oatmeal takes just a couple of minutes to make but can be packed with sugar, so look for plain varieties.
  • Step 2: Eat non-fat yogurt Reach for a non-fat yogurt. It’s full of protein and calcium, and it’s great with some banana, granola, raisins, or nuts. It’s also a smart dessert.
  • Step 3: Eat nut butters Know your nut butters. Peanut butter sets the standard, but there's also almond, cashew, and even soybean butter. Try a spoonful on apples, celery, whole-grain crackers, and even plain pasta.
  • Step 4: Use whole grain pitas & tortillas Use whole grain pita bread and tortillas for eating on the go. They're perfect for holding scrambled eggs, tuna salad, or cheese and lean deli meat.
  • Step 5: Scramble eggs Scramble some eggs. Crack them into a mug, beat in milk or water, and microwave for about a minute. Top with cheese, onions, and lean ham or chicken, and pair with a whole-grain bread, bagel, or English muffin.
  • Step 6: Bake a potato Bake a potato. Stab a potato with a fork and microwave it for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping it halfway through. Carefully slice and top the hot potato with cheese, chicken, and sour cream.
  • FACT: Studies show that the average first-year college student gains about half a pound a week!

You Will Need

  • Instant oatmeal
  • Non-fat yogurt
  • Peanut butter or other nut butters
  • Whole grain pita and tortilla
  • Eggs
  • A whole potato
  • Garnishes like nuts
  • fruit
  • maple syrup
  • granola
  • cheese
  • and sour cream
  • Whole-grain offerings like crackers
  • pasta
  • bread
  • bagels
  • and English muf
  • And deli meat or tuna

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