First, we give you the Dorm Room Eating 101 Guide, in case you forgot, in your excitement to be away from home, that healthy is as healthy does. Go to http://www.shoprite.com/dietitians-corner/archives/dorm-room-eating-101/ for more, but ponder these suggestions for late-night “study sessions.” Riiiiight. Some make the cut, and others are not so much. Keep in mind you need a mini fridge. As in you NEED a mini fridge for some of the following: no sugar added mini applesauce cups; low-fat cottage cheese, yogurt and cheese sticks; ready-to-eat veggies and fruit; low-fat ranch dressing (for dipping) [the parentheses came from the web site, not from us…]; low-sugar jelly; salsa; low-fat or fat-free milk.
For your “pantry,” which is most likely a plastic box from Walmart shoved under your bed, consider these: whole-grain cereal; microwavable 94% fat-free popcorn; baked tortilla chips; whole-grain crackers; low-sodium microwaveable soups; chunk light canned tuna, packed in water; no sugar added raisins or dried fruit; low-fat granola bars; peanut or almond butter; canned fruit packed in its own juices; whole-grain bread (can also be stored in fridge for a longer shelf life).
Take-out pizza or Mexican. That’s from us here at EdgyPlate.
Seriously. Think about what Mom would feed you, and try to consume that on a more or less regular basis. You know that food with too much anything – fat, salt, sugar, artificial artificialities, etc. – is bound to be hard on your system. You’re at college to learn, and it’s difficult to learn if you are bogged down from what you eat. So go to http://www.teenvogue.com/story/healthy-college-eating, read some of the pearls of wisdom imparted there and don’t be a goofball on campus. K?
Now, lecture over, if you have a microwave, here’s a great recipe for homemade chips.
Microwave Potato Chips:
Slice 1 to 2 potatoes, depending on size, very thin!
Arrange potato slices in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate.
Sprinkle on some salt to taste (this is where you could get really creative and try all sorts of different seasonings!)
Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes (timing will vary depending on the power of the microwave and the thickness of the slices).
Turn the slices over (careful…they’re HOT!)
Microwave again for another 2-3 minutes or until they start to brown and get crispy on the edges.
Remove from microwave and allow to cool completely. (They will continue to crisp up as they cool).
Potatoes are economical, and they’re good for you. Recipe’s at http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/06/microwave-potato-chips.html.