Food for Thought

As a commuter student, a good majority of your time is spent in the car driving to and from school. Once you’re on campus, your day is jam-packed with classes, homework, and extracurricular activities. Once you finally get home, the last thing you want to do is dedicate your spare time to cooking a nutritious meal. In a world of fast food restaurants on every corner and convenient completely-prepared frozen entrees, it is so much easier to sacrifice a healthy meal for an easy meal. We’ve all been there. However, the convenient choice in the moment, is likely not the best choice for the long run. Fast food and frozen dinners are generally more expensive and less nutritious than a meal you plan out and cook yourself. Luckily, we have a solution to your desire to save time and money and maintain a healthy lifestyle, all while commuting to school. As long as you have 1 hour of free time on any day during the week, you have enough time to create lunch and dinner for the next 5-7 days.

The general rule of meal prepping is that each meal should be balanced. Here’s a helpful guide as to what constitutes the different components of a properly balanced meal.

 

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After you have all of your meals prepared for the week, you will need to transport the meals to campus. If you don’t have an abundance of Tupperware containers at home, I highly suggest ordering meal prep containers. The containers below are durable, microwaveable safe, and ensure perfectly portioned meals. They also come with a free EBook containing more meal prep recipes.

The first 10 readers who visit our office will be lucky winners of an Off-Campus Student Services Lunch Pack!

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You can order them here

Once you’re on campus with your homemade healthy meals, you’re going to need a refrigerator and microwave. For this, be sure to utilize the Commuter Lounge, which is Room 108 in the Student Union!

 

Mary Murphy

Student Administrative Assistant

Off-Campus Student Services

 

Additional healthy recipes can be found below:

Spicy chicken and sweet potatoes

Southwest style turkey bowls

Quinoa Bowls

 

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