Dining Hall Hack: Stir-fry

Hi Hi

For me when I walk into the dining hall I get an overwhelming amount of cravings, many of them are NOT healthy. But I have learned how to try to crush those cravings.

I am not someone who can survive of lettuce for every meal! I need variety and excitement in my diet. So here is one of my favorite go-to meals in the dining hall. Ok, so many of you may think stir-fry is so fattening with all the oils and noodles and rice. Which technically is true but there are plenty of ways to get around that.

Step 1: Fill your bowl with veggies and even a few fruits

step 2: Ask them to make it with just water! Without the oil, your veggies will be steamed.

step 3: Avoid the sauces! While they may taste soo good, they are not necessary. The vegetables have enough flavor as it is. If you need to sprinkle some salt and pepper on it!

step 4: Pig out!

xo P

 

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Dining Hall Survival Guide

Hi Hi

I am so sorry I have been posting so sporadically lately! My second semester is off to a good start but is keeping me super busy!! So as I said a few posts back, I would share with you how I survive eating healthy on a SMALL college campus.

In this post, you will discover how I am able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while living in a dorm.

As some of you may know I am a freshmen at Furman University, a small college in Greenville South Carolina. Because our campus is so small we don’t have many eating options other than our Dinning Hall. So with such few options, you have to become a bit creative. But I don’t mind, I love to be challenged, and see what my little culinary mind can come up with.

Here are my 5 rules for surviving the dining hall:

  1. AVOID dessert at all cost!! I know this can be very hard, especially when there are Furman’s famous chocolate chip cookies involved. Suppress your sugar craving with a piece of fruit or a handful of chocolate chips.
  2. ALWAYS drink water!! Yes, I know many of us easily go for the soda or other sugary drinks because they are easier and provide the sugar we want. But restrain yourself! Your body can always use more water to stay active and healthy.
  3. No fried food! I know I am a huge sucker for french fries and chicken fingers. But there are so many healthier options. Opt for grilled chicken and roasted potatoes instead.
  4. Although it is hard to say to cut all gluten out of your diet, try to limit it!
  5. To add a little adventure into your diet, and experiment! I often get sick of the salad bar due to its limit in variety, so I have learned how to get my veggies different ways! I often eat sauteed veggies or eat carrots and hummus or even make a lettuce wrap sandwich.

While theses are only a few things I do to keep a healthy diet in the dining hall, I hope they inspire you to become creative and try new things. Check back every week for a new DH meal hack!

xo P

 

I’m Back!!

Hi Hi!

I am so sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I started my freshmen year at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Freshman year has definitely kept me very busy! New School, new state, new everything. While the work has been very hard, it has also been hard trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle on a college budget (time and money wise).

I have managed to master eating healthily in the dining hall. I also have learned to suppress those midnight pizza orders! While sometimes it can be tough it is definitely doable! A huge party of my daily routine now is a trip to the gym. I watch one episode of tv while working out, to relieve stress and to be able to leave room for a few splurges. There was no freshmen 15 for me (at least not this semester!)

I hope in the next few weeks while I have some free time to be able to post my go to healthy meals, as well as my dining hall survival guide!

xo  -P