5 Go-To Meals For College Students

5 Go-To Meals For College Students

Ramen is less a food and more a tool of survival.

I always laugh hearing incoming freshmen worry about the rumored freshman 15. If anything, you'll be losing 15 pounds, in stress and sweat and long periods of time where you simply have no time to eat. I've perfected the art of eating a pizza slice walking to the train station before a late shift at work, but between five classes and multiple jobs, the chance to actually stop by a pizza place is rare. Besides, eating out every day is expensive.

So we've gotten creative. Unless you're superhuman, you generally need to eat at least once a day, even if you're a college student. If you can truly consider what we eat as food is a whole other question.

1. Ramen

Honestly, this is a classic. When you think of a stressed-out college student who's constantly on the move you think of ramen automatically. This is literally the staple food in a student's diet. Sodium levels who?

2. Coffee

This is a meal. Do not argue with me. If you ask if I ate breakfast and I tell you I had coffee and you start to tell me that coffee isn't food, I will use all my caffeine fuel power to physically fight you. Even on 20 minutes of sleep.

3. Popcorn and Redbull

This is a finals season requirement. Nothing gets you going for three consecutive all-nighters full of research papers more than a nutrients packed bag, drenched in oil and salt and a shot of B12. This is literally all I ate during exam all-nighters. Two 3-packs of those microwaveable bags will have you covered for the entire week- cheap and efficient.

4. Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky got me through the entirety of my freshman year- I swear by it. It doesn't crunch uncomfortably loud so you can snack in class, and it has protein so it's totally fine if you quite literally live off it. Probably.

5. Everything in your fridge currently

Sometimes, long shifts and constant assignments and the crushing anxiety of being alive get to you. You just need to settle down at the kitchen table with Mom's leftover soup and chips and dip and the packaged rice dinner you quickly threw on the stove.

Words of wisdom: bury your essays and tests in carbs.

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9 Things All Mexican Food Addicts Know All Too Well

Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

In the city I grew up in, there is a Mexican restaurant just about every five miles. They are the after school hangouts and first date go-to's for most of the kids here, especially the high school girls.

I know the servers at my favorite one know my order almost every time I go in there (at least once a week). However, a lot of people apparently get tired of eating Mexican food about twice a week... but I sure don't. If you are a Mexican food addict like me, I am sure you know at least a few of these yourself.

1. Cheese dip tastes like heaven and you have to have it.

That amazing creamy white cheese dip put on a perfectly salted chip is enough to make your day better. Forget the actual food---we'd be content living off of cheese dip and chips for the rest of our lives. Our restaurant trip is not complete without an order of it and if you are lucky enough to get your favorite waiter, maybe even get a large bowl for the night.

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2. You never have to look at the menu.

We know when we decide to go what we are having and it is probably the exact same plate we order each time. I am sure the servers laugh after I order some days because there is only three things I rotate between. My burrito is always my go-to, unless I am feeling fancy.

3. Some of the servers know who you are when you walk in the door.

Either by first name or by order they know us. You are the ones that they tell to pick your own seat and already have your drink order placed by the time you sit down.

4. Your boyfriend/ girlfriend puts you on Mexican restaurant restriction on date night.

You drag them there so much, they get tired of eating there. So much so, they flat out say no when you ask to go there on date night. I mean, how does someone get tired of Mexican food to begin with though?

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5. You can hum some of the songs that come on.

We may not know what they are saying in the song, but we know the song---trust us. We are in there so much we remember them. Don't ask any questions when we start humming.

6. You "have" a parking spot.

Do not park in my parking spot that is not actually my parking spot, but is my parking spot. Got it? Just do not do it. That starts my meal bad when you take my normal spot.

7. You used to hangout there all the time after school.

It was the hangout spot. Forget the nasty school lunch--- everyone goes to eat Mexican after school. It's the cool thing to do and it started your addiction.

8. You always want to introduce new people to your favorite restaurant.

Oh, you aced that exam? Let's go eat at this amazing Mexican restaurant I love! We always want to find people to go there to eat with so we always introduce new people to it.

9. People always pick on you about your addiction.

Yes, I love Mexican food. Go ahead and tag me in all the memes on Facebook about tacos. As long as I have my Mexican food, I am fine with that.

All in all, we LOVE our Mexican food and our go-to restaurants--- so here is your warning. Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

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Tips For Making A Perfect Morning Smoothie

Take advantage of all the fresh fruit and vegetables during the summer season for a fresh addition to your smoothies


Smoothies are one of my favorite things to make for breakfast because they are quick and easy to take on the go in the morning on my way to work. Although I love smoothies in the morning, they're great after workouts any time of the day as well.

When making a smoothie for breakfast, try to keep it healthy! It can be tempting to add in some chocolate to that strawberry banana smoothie to make it a bit sweeter, or some whipped cream, but that makes it like a dessert. If you're craving something chocolate in your smoothie, add a little cocoa power or a drop of vanilla.

The base of your smoothie can sweeten your smoothie too. I frequently use coconut milk in my smoothies which is low in calories and adds a sweetness to green smoothies. Almond milk is another great base and also dairy free.

Speaking of green smoothies, don't be afraid to try them! I was so suspicious of the thought of spinach or kale ever in my smoothie and it took a while for me to finally try it. A smoothie place was serving samples of their green smoothie and I braved the jump to try it, and I loved it.

I have started to make some of my own green smoothies at home. One of my favorite combinations is mango, pineapple, spinach, and coconut milk. It also creates this amazing green color that also tastes amazing.

While it's the summer months, take advantage of local produce but frozen fruit is also a great option for some fruit that you can't always find, such as mango. Frozen fruit helps to make your smoothies the perfect cold temperature too.

Don't be afraid to switch up your smoothie combinations and test out your own recipes so you don't get tired of the same smoothie every day.

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