Healthy Fall Recipes for College Students

Healthy Fall Recipes for College Students

College students are known for eating unhealthily or gaining the freshman fifteen when living in a dorm room. Foods like ramen, mac and cheese cups, instant mashed potatoes, or eating pizza from the dining hall every day are unhealthy but it’s the easy and cheap option. Making healthy meals in a dorm room or in a regular kitchen can seem daunting, and just too much work when you can easily swipe your card to get your dining hall meal already cooked and ready to go. Often, dining halls make it difficult to get a healthy balanced meal, so in this blog there are healthy fall meals that are so easy, anyone can do it. You might be surprised at how delicious healthy and nutritious foods can be made right in your dorm room microwave. 

Make it in the microwave

  1. Apple crisp in a mug
    1. Try out this 5-minute recipe to satisfy your apple pie cravings! Plus, it’s healthy!
  2. Vegan pumpkin spice latte
    1. Pumpkin spice lattes may seem basic for fall but we all know we want at least one. So, instead of buying a $5 pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop that is packed with sugar, try this dairy-free healthy pumpkin spice latte, made from scratch.
  3.  Pumpkin edible cookie dough
    1. Get a little taste of pumpkin pie with pumpkin cookie dough! This edible cookie dough recipe is delicious and contains good ingredients to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
  4. Apple cinnamon breakfast bites
    1. These are super simple to make and all you need is a fridge. Eating something small like a breakfast bite in the morning that is packed with protein and nutrients, will help us focus throughout the day. 
  5. Strawberry chia overnight oats
    1. All you need is a mason jar, or a Tupperware container and the best part is it only takes 5 minutes! If you prefer your oats warm, heat them up in the microwave in the morning. You can always exchange the fruit for peaches, apples, any berries, or plain! 

Fall recipes I have been loving so far 

  1. Apple walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette
    1. Making your own salad dressing (less than 5 minutes) can really help to reduce unhealthy processed foods in your diet. Adding store bought dressing with harmful additives to a beautiful salad is not worth it to just make your own dressing. This salad is so delicious and perfect for a light lunch!
  2. Sweet potato and black bean chili
    1. This amazing fall vegetarian soup is a super simple and delicious chili to make. There are few and simple ingredients and it is the perfect fall meal on a cold night. 
  3. Autumn butternut squash soup
    1. This soup tastes like fall in a bowl. It is so delicious and takes under an hour to make!
  4. Pumpkin seeds
    1. Clean out a pumpkin and collect and rinse all the seeds. Remove as much of the slime as you can. Pat them dry and pour olive oil or coconut oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss in the oven at 350ºF for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Sometimes I will add some garlic powder, paprika, parmesan cheese, oregano, or for a sweet treat cinnamon and sugar. These are awesome healthy snacks!

Try some of these fall meals at least once and you will probably want to make them again! Don’t be frightened by recipes and how hard it may seem, take your time, and follow the recipe. After you make it once, you’ll want to make it again! Understanding cooking and recipes takes time to learn, so practice some of these easy fall recipes and you can start making changes in your health and diet, one recipe at a time. 

Strive for progress not perfection!

Kayla Withrow