Get Inspired: Quick, Easy, Healthy Eating

Pour some water into a small saucepan until it is about 3/4 full. Place pan on stove until bubbles start coming up. Then, add pasta. Stir occasionally until pasta is soft. Next, follow directions on the blue box or add the Ramen flavoring. Lastly, pour contents into a bowl and run off to your next class or finish last night’s homework.

Let’s face it, most college girls are not gourmet chefs. We’re lucky if we have time to shower in the morning, much less cook a three course meal in between classes, meetings, part time jobs, and of course, being fabulous! However, this often causes our eating habits to suffer with frequent visits to McDonald’s and 10 cent packages of Ramen.

Eating well doesn’t require hours of preparation. Look for pre-cooked chicken breasts in the frozen foods section at the grocery store and stock up on fresh vegetables that only take a few minutes to cook. Try preparing your meals on the weekends when you have extra time and store them in your refrigerator or freezer to eat during the week.

If you are interested in experimenting, there are lots of cookbooks devoted to healthy cooking on the go. Try Rachael Ray’s 30 minute meals cookbook. All of the recipes are easy to cook and delicious! There’s nothing a little EVOO (Ray’s famous abbreviation for extra virgin olive oil) can’t do.

No one wants to gain the freshman, sophomore, and junior fifteen! Preparing healthy meals at home will help cut the calories as well as make you feel more satisfied after eating. Plus, it’s great practice for that real world thing people are always talking about.

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