Thursday, August 29, 2013

10 Dorm Mini-Fridge Must Haves

Going to college for the first time this year? Many college students find staying fit a challenge.  How can you eat healthy while living in a dorm? The key is to stock your mini-fridge with a variety of healthy foods, so when you need a quick meal, you'll have plenty of options on hand.

Don't know which foods to pick? Here are 10 foods to get you started:

  1. Low-fat cheese: A slice of low fat cheese paired with 100% whole-grain bread makes for an easy snack. Or a cheese stick makes for a quick bite between classes. Low fat cheeses can even be used to make omelets and quesadillas(if you have a microwave).
  2. Vegetables: Pre-washed and pre-cut vegetables are very convenient for quick snacks and meals. You can pair veggies with dips, like carrots with hummus or celery with peanut butter. You can also use them in omelets, quesadillas, and salads.
  3. Fruit: Fresh, frozen, dried, and canned fruits all count (as long as there are no added sugars or syrups). You can add them to your cereal in the morning. They can be used to make smoothies(if you have a blender). Or you could grab an apple, orange, or banana for a quick bite between classes.
  4. Water: Either stock your fridge with bottled water or invest in a water-filter pitcher. Avoid sugary drinks when possible.
  5. Eggs: If you have a microwave, you can use eggs or egg substitutes (like Egg beaters) to make scrambled eggs or omelets.
  6. Nuts and nut butters: These will last longer when stored in the fridge. Try walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, or cashews. Peanut butter and almond butter are delicious on apple slices or whole-grain toast.
  7. Milk: Fat-free (skim) or low-fat milk can be added to oatmeal or whole-grain cereals for a filling, nutritious breakfast
  8. Yogurt: Individual containers of low-fat yogurt or low-fat Greek yogurt are convenient and portable. Mix yogurt with fruit and nuts for an energizing breakfast or top with a few chocolate chips and cinnamon for a healthy dessert.
  9. Hummus: Hummus can be paired with almost anything! Enjoy dipping red pepper slices, carrots, or other raw veggies into this delicious dip. Spread hummus onto a whole-wheat pita with tomatoes and cucumbers for an easy, nutritious lunch.
  10. Salsa: A fresh salsa with tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and onions is a fun and yummy way to incorporate veggies into your diet. Pair low-sodium salsas with a small serving of whole-grain tortilla chips or raw veggies

* Refrigerators should be set to maintain a temperature of 40°F or below. Keep an appliance thermometer in the refrigerator to monitor the temperature. 


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