6 Healthy Food Alternatives For The Usual Dorm Room Go-To’s

Fоr mаnу students, еѕресіаllу freshman іn college, living іn thе dorm саn bе quіtе а change frоm whаt а student іѕ nоrmаllу uѕеd to. And аѕ fоr meals, іn mаnу cases, уоu аrе аt thе mercy оf thе college cafeteria hours аnd whаtеvеr restaurant іѕ open whеn hungry sets in. Thе problem wіth thе dorms іѕ thаt thеrе іѕ оbvіоuѕlу nо kitchen іn уоur dorm room іn mоѕt cases. Sо whаt іѕ а person tо dо wіth thеіr sudden food cravings аt 2am whіlе cramming fоr thаt political science exam оr writing thе final draft оf а report thаt уоu thought wоuld оnlу tаkе а fеw hours tо write? Mаnу students living іn thе dorms hаvе learned tо scrape by with some popular yet unhealthy food choices which is why I will give you 6 healthy food alternatives for the usual dorm room go-tos.

Mоѕt оf thеѕе dishes аrе ready wіthіn 10 minutes, making thеm perfect fоr whipping uр іn bеtwееn classes оr fоr late-night study breaks. You’ll bе blown аwау bу thе meals уоu саn mаkе rіght frоm уоur dorm room.

6 Healthy Food Alternatives

Hеrе аrе 6 alternatives for those popular dorm food cravings:

1. Buckwheat Soba Noodles: You can make healthier ramen with buckwheat noodles, vegetable broth, and frozen veggies. One box of buckwheat noodles (12-16 oz) will cost only $2-$3 and you’ll get 3 servings of buckwheat pasta. For a healthier version of “ramen” just toss in some frozen veggies and stock which can all be cooked in the microwave.

Quinoa Mac n Cheese
Mac n Cheese

2. Almond Milk Mac N Cheese W/ Quinoa Pasta: Here is a healthier version of the traditional Craft Mac N Cheese or Easy Mac that people are accustomed to. This recipe calls for just 5 ingredients and takes about the same amount of time as it takes you to whip up that pre-packaged mac n cheese. Find the recipe here.

3. Greek Yogurt: Creamy, rich, and packed with calcium this is a much healthier way to get the day started than eating a giant bowl of Cap’n Crunch. Also make sure to add some texture and mix in some fresh berries, nuts, or even some chia seeds.

Fresh Fruit
Fresh Fruit

4. Fresh Fruit Instead of Fruit Snacks: This should be a no brainer but just because something has the word fruit in its name does not mean that it is healthy. Some fruit snacks are the equivalent to candy containing high concentrations of corn syrup and many ingredients you can not even pronounce. So instead of eating orange flavored gummies why not just eat the real deal.

5. Making Your Own Individualized Pizza: Not only is this a way to ensure cutting down on those calories it can also save you money on delivery tips if you order it a lot. A quick way to make your own pizza is using flatbread, naan, or even a tortilla as the crust, you can easily use pasta sauce from a jar or can and lastly top it off with shredded cheese and any other additional toppings your little heart desires. This do it yourself pizza can simply be cooked in the microwave or toaster oven.

Seaweed Chips
Seaweed Chips

6. Rice Crackers Or Seaweed Chips: The perfect healthy snack while studying or in between meals. These are two great alternatives to potato chips or those carbo-loaded crackers.

Don’t let living in the dorms be your excuse to eat unhealthy and pack on that Freshman 15. There are healthy alternatives that can be made in your room and that cost close to the same price as those popular junk food items.


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  1. Great ideas! I really want to make a pizza with naan now. Quick food in college doesn’t have to be junk food. We have a Trader Joe’s nearby and I’ve found that they are a terrific place to get healthy meals and snacks.

  2. Some great tips here — I never would have thought of soba noodles instead of ramen. Some of these are hard to do without a mini-fridge though:( (like yogurt and pizza ingredients).

  3. Great foods! I like to have a tub of yogurt and nuts and have a bowl of it. Making a trip to the supermarket for a good amount of fruit is always good as well. Having an apple is a nice light snack that provides a nice energy burst.

  4. Oh wow! These all sound like great alternatives to the usual unhealthy easy college go-to foods. It’s so true, why not eat real fruit instead of pretending?

  5. I hate that eating healthy can be so pricey, but these aren’t too bad. I try to get the fresh fruits and vegetables first and add some of the other things you recommend whenever possible. I do supplement with protein, which kills my budget, but I don’t have to use it as much by keeping high protein foods in the mix, like greek yogurt, almond milk and soba noodles! Only thing I’d add (only cause I can’t live without it) is dark chocolate, yummy!