October 01, 2019

Some people act as if being vegan in college is like asking to starve or begging to spend pocketful of cash on fancy veg meals.
Once considered a fringe movement, veganism is now mainstream with vegan friendly restaurants and cafés popping up worldwide.
Students are no different. In fact, they’re now six times more likely than their parents to avoid meat. As climate change becomes an increasingly clear and present danger to our planet, this generation is taking sustainability seriously – and it starts with food.

What will you eat? Where will you get your protein? How will you survive? Parents worry, Friends joke. But we are here to applauds you on!

Getting started can be the hardest part once you decide to make the change. Figuring out how to replace the staple chicken breast or cheese topping can be tough. To give you a head start, We asked budget chef  for some handy tips to keep your fridge vegan-tastic while you study…

Be resourceful.

See a banana? Make breakfast banana pops!  Or go classic and slice it on toast with peanut butter (or Whatever looks good and available). Celebrate the idea that new food combinations can be delicious and you may just bump into a new favorite go-to snack.

Invest in good food containers. 

Eating diligently is usually a big part of college life. Investing in recyclable 'green' storage bags and glass jars and containers is a smart idea. Basically: make it as easy as possible on yourself to grab healthy food in a hurry. So if that means slicing up an apple in advance or making a veggie sandwich the night before a long school day, do it.

Explore the local scene.

Do a little research and get outside. The local scene in your college region can bring in foodie gems.

nearby grocery stores and near by restaurants are often packed with veggie-filled awesomeness. Even if you’re going to school 20 miles from where you grew up, you may be surprised at what a 10-minute walk will reveal.

Remember your vegan snacks.

In between classes or during a late-night study marathon, vegan snacks will become your new food gems. Protein bars and are must-haves in every backpack. Plus, they don’t make a lot of noise when you chew, which can be super helpful in quiet libraries.

Over the bars? Reach for dates, dried fruit, rice cakes, oranges, cut-up apples,  and veggie chips. And if you’re craving something extra sweet, Oreos and Airheads are vegan and delicious.

Fill up on fruits and vegetables. 

If you have access to some sort of kitchen and fridge (most dorms have some kind of kitchen), we recommend cooking your veggies as soon as you get them and storing them. That way, when you get busy with classes, you’ll be more likely to eat them because they’re already cooked and less likely to throw when they go bad. 

Adopt healthy nonperishables.

Oatmeal, veggie soups, Black beans, cheese or peanut butter crackers, Pudding, Fruit cups, Tomato juice are just some of the many healthy vegan non-perishables.  They can get you through finals!

Find your flow.

Once you get into a channel, healthy habits will follow more naturally. All the effort of meal-prepping and packaging delicious vegan snacks will feel like just another thing you do rather than an added burden.

Repeat what you eat.

Pick your favorite, most accessible meals and snacks, and make them over and over again with small changes to keep things interesting. Add salsa one day, hummus the next. Figuring out exactly what you need will not only streamline your food prep process but also help you avoid creating food waste.