Don’t Let the Freshman Fifteen Get the Best of You

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Dorm Food 101: Lessons from GFS Marketplace.

Dorm Room S'Mores

College is full of new things; new friends, new classes, newfound independence and new responsibilities. There are also some new additions that incoming freshmen might want to avoid. New pounds; or the freshmen fifteen, to be exact. Late night snacking is easy to come by in college, especially with restaurants delivering to dorm rooms and campus apartment at all hours. But there are ways to avoid packing on those pounds and with a few easy tips you can save money, eat healthy and go home for winter break without anything extra.

Follow these tips from GFS Marketplace for a nutritious and healthy semester that will fit into your time, space and budget constraints.

Lesson 1: Avoid eating out by making your own nutritious meals

Consult your school’s housing paperwork closely to determine what food preparation tools are allowed. Check on the availability and acceptance of:

  •     Hot pots
  •     Slow cookers
  •     Microwaves
  •     Refrigerators
  •     Blenders

Lesson 2: Consult your surroundings

What are the eating options around campus? Are there lots of different choices or one cafeteria? What is the campus setting – is there a grocery store nearby? Is there a communal kitchen? How much room is there to store extra food in the dorm? All of these questions will determine your game plan.

Lesson 3: Make your shopping list

Your assessment of the food situation will determine exactly what options are the best to buy, but here are some common options for healthy choices:

  •     Peanut butter: make PB&J sandwiches, add to fruit or eat by itself for an added protein boost
  •     Precooked diced chicken: already fully cooked – just defrost to add to soups, ramen, mac and cheese, or to make an easy chicken salad
  •     Light microwave popcorn
  •     Low sugar fruit juice and bottled water
  •     Fresh fruit: apples and oranges will keep for a long time at room temperature
  •     Cereal and instant oatmeal
  •     Trail mix
  •     Spices and hot sauce: to turn ordinary dorm and cafeteria creations into something a little more special
  •     Yogurt: great for breakfast, dessert, a snack, or as an ingredient in smoothies
  •     Storage containers and Ziploc bags – great for making grab and go snacks to take on the way to class

Extra Credit

When you just have to have a late night snack, try this dorm-room friendly recipe. It’s ok to reward yourself once in a while with this easy to make and fun to eat treat!

Microwave S’Mores

Rice Krispie Treat Sheet – a ready-made pan of Rice Krispie treats
Hershey Candy Bars
Graham Crackers

Cut the Rice Krispie sheet into squares the size of the Graham Crackers halved.
Cut candy bars to fit and assemble like a S’More.
Graham Cracker, Rice Krispie Treat, Candy Bar and top off with the other half of Graham Cracker.
Set on a paper plate and microwave for 15 seconds.

About GFS Marketplace
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gordon Food Service is the largest family owned distributor of foodservice products to restaurants, schools and good service operators in the country. Its GFS Marketplace Stores, which began in 1979, offer products and services for a broad range of customers; including restaurants, caterers, schools and daycares, churches and non-profit organizations, families and more. There are currently 153 GFS Marketplace stores throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin.


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