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4 Foods Every College Student Needs

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College students are always on a budget when it comes to food. After factoring textbooks, tuition and rent into their budget, there’s usually not much money left to splurge on food! Here are four essential foods every college student should have stocked in their pantry. Below are attached links for other alternative recipe options students can make using the products. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to cook and eat the same meal every day. Spice up these boring products with some of these alternative recipe suggestions!

• Spaghetti/ Pasta Sauce: Every student uses spaghetti sauce. It’s an essential part of the college food group system, and the possibilities are endless. You can make the typical spaghetti, add in some meatballs or hotdogs, and you’re good to go! Other alternatives using pasta sauce: Sloppy Joes, Tomato Soups, Tomato Stews, Casseroles, Marinade and more! Check out this website for 50 recipes you can make with pasta sauce.

• Spam: This meat in a can fulfills the meat cravings for students on a budget! Buy this product in bulk at a local Costco or Walmart. Most people fry spam and eat it with salads, egg, rice or bread – and there are many ways of serving Spam that many college students don’t know about. Other alternatives using spam: Spam masubi, BLT spamwiches, Spam Turnovers, Burritos, 7-layer dip, Spam meatballs and more! Check out the top-rated Spam recipes for more ideas.

• Ramen Noodles: When people think of college student’s diets, they think ramen noodles. Ramen is the most affordable food product that majority of college students eat. You can find them for 25 cents each at a local grocery store. It’s the quickest meal for students on the go, just boil water, add noodles, flavor powder and you’re done! Other alternatives using ramen: Ramen noodle alfredo, stir-fried ramen noodles, 3 bean ramen salad, chicken parmesan over ramen noodles. Here’s 100 recipes to spice up your ramen noodle diet.

• Canned Tuna: Canned tuna is a great option for students who are vegetarians or are sick of eating Spam. Most people eat canned tuna straight out of the can with crackers. Another popular way of using canned tuna is to make a tuna sandwich using mayo, egg and relish mixed in with the tuna. You can buy canned tuna in bulk at a local Walmart or Costco. You can also find them at the dollar stores, but be sure to check their expiration dates before buying! Other alternatives using canned tuna: Pasta Salad, tuna melt, casserole, tuna burger, tuna meatballs, tuna salads. Take a look at all the top-rated canned tuna recipes.

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Trail Mix: Not Just For Hiking

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by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

Whether you’re stuck on campus for your long day of back-to-back classes, or just hungry and need a snack, trail mix is a simple treat that is tasty, quick to prepare, and packed with nutrients. Nuts are high in protein and antioxidants, seeds provide several minerals such as magnesium and zinc, and both of them are loaded with the healthy fat that keeps your skin and hair healthy.

by Andy Melton

Trail mix can be made by mixing any of the following together:

-Nuts: This includes peanuts, almonds, cashews or walnuts.

-Granola: You can buy straight granola in the bulk section of the grocery store, or look in the cereal section for granola with dried fruit and other sweeteners.

-Dried fruit: This can be as simple as raisins or be expanded to dried apples, cranberries, or my favorite, mango.

-Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds can add both taste and nutritional value to your trail mix.

-Other not-so-nutritious stuff that make trail mix taste really really good but isn’t necessarily good for you: M&M’s, anyone? If you need something sweet in your mix, dark chocolate chips provide more of those healthy fats while still satisfying your sugar cravings. In moderation, you can also add crackers, pretzels, popcorn, yogurt-covered fruit or white chocolate chips.

Any combination of these items is delicious and nutritious!

Have fun snacking!

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