Staying on a plant-based diet in college can be challenging — especially if you live in the dorms and don’t have access to a kitchen of your own. Dining halls may have vegan and vegetarian choices, but often times the pickings are slim.
Here are 6 ways to stay vegan or vegetarian while in college!
- Stock up your minifridge. I like to keep fruits and veggies in my fridge. My dining hall allows me to take fruit to-go, so I take what I can and save it for snack breaks! There’s also a farmer’s market that stops by my college every week, so I occasionally stop by to get some fruits and veggies I’ve been missing.
- Snack smart. Trail mix, dried fruit, hummus and crackers, and salsa and tortilla chips are all good ideas for snacks you can keep in your dorm, especially if you have a minifridge.
- Rule your dining hall salad bar. Most dining hall salad bars have a whole host of ingredients: sliced carrots, different types of nuts, peppers, and so many other choices! Throw some cranberries, almonds, cashews, and raspberry vinaigrette together with some spinach leaves for a delightful summer salad. Get creative, and make the best out of what you’ve got!
- Create variety. The key to staying a vegetarian in college lies in making sure you don’t get bored with your diet. So make time to go to a vegan restaurant or buy some vegan dishes from your local supermarket.
- Create a food blog. Show others at your college that being on a plant-based diet can be delicious and fulfilling by taking photos of what you eat. This will also motivate you to keep things interesting in terms of what you eat!
Good luck, plant-based dieters!