Easy Recipes to Prepare For College Students

Some high school students were lucky enough to have their parents making meals for them. When they arrive from school, they go straight to their room to rest a bit then start with their school works. After a while, their mom will knock on the door and have a snack prepared for them. This kind of gesture is really helpful from the stress and pressure that they experience due to school works and other extracurricular activities. Meal times are also part of family bonding. After a long day, the dinner table is where families share their daily experiences and exchange ideas. This kind of moments is what most freshmen students really missed the most, especially the healthy food that they are able to eat.

Most college students start off their semester by making ‘real’ and eating healthy meals for themselves. But due to school work piling up with classes and study sessions, extracurricular activities that they need to commit, and they might also have part-time jobs; eating a healthy food or let alone just eat can be forgotten by most students. College students are very busy, stressed, and sometimes broke that they have to choose fast foods, canned goods, easy-to-cook meals, or take-outs. They opt to buy food that they can easily eat anytime and anywhere, without any regards to its nutritional content. Students just wanted to make sure that they are able to eat. For a student like you, the word ‘cooking’ for your meal may give you a negative reaction. The first thing that will come to your mind is that it is time-consuming and expensive. But if you think about it, cooking can be a way to take a break from your activities and let your mind relax for a bit. In addition, it will be beneficial to your body because you will be able to eat healthy food that will keep yourself nourished and full of energy to make it through your day as a college student.

Here are some of the easy, filling, totally tasty, and healthy dishes that can be added to a college student’s weekly meal plan.

  • Yogurt and Granola bar: This two can be easily purchased in the grocery store. But to make this breakfast meal healthier, you can add some berries and bananas. This meal contains lots of vitamins and minerals that are good for your body.
  • Chicken Pasta: All you need to have is chicken breast, noodles, and a sauce. The sauce can be purchased in the market, but you can choose to make your own. All you have to do is cook the noodles with hot water, then boil the chicken, and blend together with the sauce. You can choose to include spinach or other vegetables. This is ideal for a lunch meal, and if you made a bit more then you can simply put it in the fridge. You can microwave it then serve for dinner.
  • Omelet: This is a famous meal, especially for breakfast because it is so easy and fast to make. Another plus is because omelet is considered as a healthy meal. You can cook a plain omelet, but it is better if you add some vegetables that you like. To finish, add some fruit or a slice of toast to the side. Viola! You have a quick and healthy meal to eat.
  • Chicken or Veggie Quesadilla: This is prepared just like a grilled cheese sandwich except for its ingredients. You just have to put to heat the flour tortilla flipped and sprinkle with grated melting cheese. After the cheese melts, add the cooked chicken, peppers, onion, or other vegetables that you prefer.
  • Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese is not a healthy food but everyone loves it. Good thing that you can make the dish to be a healthy one. You just have to add some frozen spinach, a bit of garlic, red pepper flakes, and feta.
  • Dragon Noodles: Want some Chinese take-outs? No need to order because you can easily do your own dish. You can do this in just 30 minutes, the same time that you have to wait for your order but sometimes it takes longer. All you need is the pasta, a simple sauce that you can easily make (combination of brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha), butter, egg, red pepper, cilantro, and green onion.

These recipes are only a simple suggestion so that you can have a healthy meal. You can also try doing your own recipe, where you can use some leftover from your previous meals and common ingredients that can be found in the kitchen. You can also try to turn every dish into a healthy one.

College can be very stressful for every student but this is not a valid excuse to neglect your own health. It is really important to monitor your eating habits and meals. Remember that you cannot do your task if you don’t have the right amount of energy, especially if you are sick. You also need to take a break once in a while. Make cooking a fun and relaxing activity, while being able to achieve a healthy diet.

 

 

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De-stressing Tips for College Students

Sometimes, college can be a really stressful environment for every student. There will come a time when you think that there is so much thing that you need to do that 24 hours is insufficient for a day. You will wish that you have the power to stop time so that you can rest or just basically breathe for just a minute or two. But you know that these things are impossible. You may just want to cry, hate anything that is around you, and just simply quit about everything. But you still know in yourself that you can’t simply do that and throw a tantrum or crying won’t do anything good for you that will lessen your workload. The more you think about the things that stress you, the more you’ll feel worse.

There are several things that make a college student’s life to be very stressful: being away from home, families, and friends; having new school schedule to follow; interacting with new people; loads of school works and activities; joining and participating in student organizations; having a job or internship; budgeting their allowance; the pressure to get and maintain high grades; eating right; with all of these activities while trying to get enough sleep. With all of these things going on in every student’s life, it is not surprising that you will experience so much stress. It is important to remember that all of these stressful experiences are just part of dealing with your daily life. As you experience these difficult situations, there will also things that you will acquire and learn which can be proven useful in the future. You may learn how to organize your tasks and manage your time properly. You may also learn how to effectively multitask. Here are some tips that will definitely help you to de-stress and relax so that you can focus on what you need to do.

  • Get enough sleep

This is one of the most important things that you need to do because, without enough energy, you won’t be able to do your tasks. Ideally, you should have 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Taking a nap during the day can also help you to be more alert and focus.

  • Eat healthy food

Eating too much junk food is not only harmful to your body but to your mind as well. Stress-eating or comfort food is fine as long as you don’t do it often. But if you are experiencing too much stress, you have to feed yourself with healthy food that will improve your memory and focus. You should eat fish, blueberries, walnuts, and almonds. Drinking green tea can also help you relax. You should also eat away from your computer or workplace so that you can enjoy your food.

  • Drink plenty of water

Water hydrates you and helps you to function properly making you more efficient. It flushes out toxins in your body and makes you less lethargic. The water makes your blood circulate more making your body de-stress.

  • Do yoga or meditate

Yoga can definitely help you reduce stress. Proper stretching and breathing can promote relaxation, relieve tension, and help you calm. Meditating can help you clear your mind, making you mentally relaxed.

  • Do simple stretching

Stress makes your body tenser, that’s why you feel certain body parts especially your shoulder. You can do simple stretching wherever you are, like in a library or your room, for a few minutes. Simple stretching can improve your mood and will relax your body.

  • Go for a short walk

You may think that you have to stay in your position and continue what you are doing, that you cannot leave your place until you are done. But this is a wrong way to do your task. Taking a small break and going for a walk will definitely help you to clear your mind. Walking also boost endorphins, the hormones that help reduce stress in your body. Consider walking to a quiet place like in a park or other green space. A quiet environment will put your body into a state of meditation.

  • Keep a diary or maintain a blog

When you feel that there is so much thing going on in your life, you just wanted to scream what you are feeling. But there are times that you feel that there is no one who you can talk to. Or you are just shy to open up your feelings to other. Writing your feelings down can help you have a bit of self-reflection. It might help you figure out the cause of your stress and be able to find a way and solve it.

  • Breathe deeply

This is the simplest way to help you relax. The extra boost of oxygen can help reduce tension and relieve stress. With only a few minutes, it will help in your mental health.

We don’t really have a choice when it comes to getting stressed, but with these simple activities, your body will be able to handle the stressful situations that college may bring to you. You will have a more relaxed body and a peaceful mind to work on your ‘To Do List’. So get on with your tasks and survive college. Just simply breathe and don’t forget to smile.