Meal Ideas for College Students

Eating well during the college years is not always easy. Life on campus is often busy and loaded with challenges and struggles with time management. Many college students end up eating unhealthy meals on the go. However, there are many quick and easy meals that can be incorporated into a student's busy lifestyle. College students need nutrient-dense brain food, not sugar-laden snacks.


Sandwiches are nutritious, easy meals that usually are served for lunch, but you can also make different sandwiches for breakfast or dinner. Stock your fridge with sliced turkey, beef and chicken, along with cheddar or Swiss cheese. Cheese is high in calcium, and meat is a vital source of protein. Choose whole wheat or sprouted bread, which you can find at a health food store. If you are watching your waistline, use minimal mayonnaise. Healthy additions are slices of tomato, sprouts and avocados. Sprouts are rich in fiber and vitamin A. Tomatoes are high in lycopene and vitamin C. Avocados are rich in vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Make healthy breakfast sandwiches with eggs, turkey bacon, and English muffins or low-fat croissants. A dinner sandwich can include a slab of boneless chicken breast with a few slivers of avocado and a slice of tomato.

Brain Foods

The University of Maryland Medical Center says omega-3 and 6 are essential for brain health. Feeding your brain with omega-rich foods is vital during the college years. Quick, easy snack foods rich in these healthy fats include avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds and other nuts; olive oil also is high in omegas. These foods are easy to incorporate into meals: Drizzle olive oil on a salad with slices of avocados, sprinkle nuts on chicken, or add avocados and nuts to your salad. You can take 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil daily, in addition to eating foods high in essential fatty acids.

Frozen Dinners

Frozen dinners are quick and easy meals for college students, but choose wisely because they are not all created equal. Some frozen dinners are high in sodium and preservatives. However, there are some healthy options that are even packed with nutrition. Read the labels carefully. Buy frozen dinners with vegetables and lean protein sources like chicken. Avoid cheesy enchiladas or other fatty frozen dinners.

Rice and Beans

The combination of rice of beans is a nutrient-dense and affordable meal. Choose long-grain or brown rice, and select vegetarian beans rather than beans made with lard.

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