Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.
For breakfast, I had a yummy pink smoothie. I blended together a cup of frozen strawberries, a half cup of raspberries, almond milk and a 6-ounce container of strawberry-flavored Chobani Greek yogurt. As much as I love green smoothies, I do have to say that I think this pink one is a little prettier. It's not easy being green.
For lunch, I had grilled cheese and tomato soup. This combination is a match made in cheese heaven, and it also has sentimental value for me too because I first had it at the summer camp I went to for seven years growing up. Whenever it was grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch, it was such a big deal that it may as well have been a holiday. The dynamic duo was reintroduced to me in college with Grilled Cheese Friday every week at at my sorority house. It's the best - swapping stories from the Thursday night over hangover-friendly grilled cheese and tomato soup. I actually haven't been in all semester because I have Friday class during lunch, so I've missed it a lot.
I took the grilled cheese game to the next level by adding sliced tomato and avocado. I used American cheese and Ezekiel bread, popped it in the microwave for about 20 seconds and then grilled it in a pan for three to four minutes on each side. Then, I dipped it into Pacific brand organic, low-sodium tomato soup and basked in grilled cheese glory.
I went out to dinner last night and got a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle and last but certainly not least, caramelized onion. I ate it open face (without the top bun). Restaurant burgers are so big and filling that I don't really miss the top bun, so it's not a hard sacrifice to make. Another easy sacrifice? Pass on getting fries as your side and get vegetables or a side salad instead, but make sure someone else at the table is getting fries... and then snag a few from her. Or, get an order for the table to split between a few people. That way, you get a little taste to satisfy your craving, but you don't have the ability to go overboard. Win-win!