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|04-08-2017 10:05 AM|
|04-08-2017 04:22 AM|
I'm not a college student either and do all my own cooking/food prep, but I can offer examples of what I typically eat. This isn't an exhaustive list as there is a huge diversity of plant food and my meals vary more than this, but these are just examples:
[*]mango or banana and whole almonds[*]cooked grain (wild rice, oatmeal, oatbran, millet, etc), usually about 2 cups worth, with fresh berries or chopped apples and cinammon; I sometimes use a crockpot overnight for this
snacks and lunches I bring to work:
Some typical dinners:
Most of my meals can be made in twenty minutes or less. On Sundays when I am not working I spend an hour or two making stuff that takes a long time to make like a batch of wild rice or soak/cook dried beans so I have this stuff readily available during the week. I also make my five work lunches for the week on Sundays and pack them in individual containers or if it is a batch of soup I leave it in a very large container in the refrigerator. Then each morning I scoop out a serving and heat in the microwave and add to my thermos. In some cases I might make crockpot hot cereal which involves little more than adding grain, spices, and fruit and water/plant milk to the crockpot and turning it on. It is ready to go when I wake up. Even my chickpea flour omelets take ten minutes tops.
I don't know about school cafeterias, but at my local hospital cafeteria, I can usually find salads with beans, nuts/seeds, and lots of veggies that will provide plenty of protein. I can usually also find bagels (some have egg and some don't so watch for this) and hummus or peanut butter. They carry energy bars that are vegan, and soy milk. They also usually have fresh fruit, oatmeal/oats, dried fruits. I imagine if I lived in a dorm I would invest in a mini refrigerator and keep plant milks on hand, maybe some peanut butter and bread, fresh fruit etc. Canned beans are cheap and can be eaten without cooking. you can rinse them and then add salsa or spices or mix them with condiments etc for a snack or part of a meal. I've had chickpeas, peanut butter, and banana mixed together. It might also be helpful to gather some examples of vegetarian or vegan foods and bring them to the attention of the director of dining services and advocate for more plant based friendly foods. I did this with the Nutrition Services director of the local medical complex I work for, and was surprised at his willingness to work with me and add vegan friendly menu items and even label them as such.
|04-08-2017 03:32 AM|
I regularly get between 50-65 a day
It would help to know your living arraingments, what you have to cook on, are you relying on school meal plans, groceries?
|04-07-2017 11:57 PM|
When I started using the food tracker on sparkpeople.com I realized there was protein in foods I didn't think had any, and it all adds up over the course of the day. It tracks all the vitamins and nutrients too, and I far exceed the RDA on practically all those. I eat mostly natural, or lightly processed foods.
Today I had 2500 calories. In terms of protein, the minimum goal was 75g and I finished with 109g. I got 10g from oven fries, 12g from roasted green beans, 6g from a homemade vegan parmesan cheese made from sesame seeds and nutritional yeast, 3g from sunflower seeds, 1g from baby carrots, 12g from hummus, 18g from unsweetened soy milk I drink with my tea, and 46g from two bean burritos.
I like the taste of everything I make. When I have a busy work week I try to keep food prep simple. I do a lot slow-roasting of vegetables. It's more difficult to screw them up that way, and they taste so much better. And I always have hummus and an assortment of colorful vegetables ready to eat. It's easy to make and very visually appealing. And of course, fruit is the ultimate fast food and requires minimal prep.
|04-07-2017 11:37 PM|
We have a what did you eat thread that might offer ideas:
As it involves a lot of big batch cooking and stocking a freezer for weeks ahead, my food routine probably wouldn't suit a college lifestyle, so I doubt it's worth me going into too much detail, but I do eat a lot of beans! You'll have access to a fridge so you could cook up a batch of beans once or twice a week and base your meals around those - I know others here do so.
Otherwise, to start with I'd say go for lentils; they're quick to cook, cheap and very nutritious and versatile. You can make anything from soups and stews to pasta sauce, burger patties, sandwich spread, meatballs etc. Served with a grain-based starch (not essential but it helps fill out your meal) like rice, pasta or couscous, you get a filling meal with plenty of protein.
|04-07-2017 10:02 AM|
What's Your Food Routine?
So, I'm still trying to figure out the transition to possible a vegetarian lifestyle. I've found it really hard being in college needing the basic things like protein and stuff like that, that isn't meat or poultry.
I was wondering what you guys eat normal every day? Is it easy and tasty to make?