The Dorm Dietitian

One Song Workouts!

Hey guys!

So I don’t know about you, but I like getting things done quickly. Especially workouts. With school coming up, our schedules are going to be a little tight, so how are you going to fit in some exercise?

Cue the One Song Workout!

How does it work?

First pick an upbeat, long-ish song. One of my favorites is “All Night” by Icona Pop. For the first verse, do different variations of crunches, such as bicycles, v-ups, and sit-ups.

Every time the chorus hits, stand up and do some burpees or jumping jacks until the next verse comes on.

For the second verse, perform glute bridges. {Repeat chorus!}

For the third verse, pick up a few free weights and do whatever variation of lifting you like. {Yup, chorus again!}

And if there’s fourth verse, it’s time for lunges!

What is your go-to workout song? Let me know!

xoxo,

The Dorm Dietitian

Are you kidding me ramen now?

It’s another night in college, and you’ve just settled down for dinner. You peel back the lid of that familiar Styrofoam cup, add the boiling water, add the flavor packet, and take a bite of…poison?

Maybe a bit dramatic, but recent studies have shown that eating ramen and other instant noodle products have been shown to cause cardiometabolic disease, ranging from an array of disorders like heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke.

Sure, it may be cheap, but your medical bills won’t be. Your body is your biggest and most important investment…definitely not a place to be frugal.

Ramen noodles contain THBQ (a chemical used as a preservative that can cause stomach tumors, derived from petroleum) and MSG (a food additive that enhances flavor but causes health issues ranging from headaches to fibromyalgia). To add to that potpourri of delights, the ramen is packaged in Styrofoam containing BPA, a proven carcinogen and hormone disrupter.

So now what?

For starters, put down your fork and look for alternatives. For budget-friendly items, a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich is cost-effective, filling, and easy to make. Even cereal is a healthy alternative.

Still craving noodles? Try some homemade chicken soup and resist the cravings…think of your health!

Did this surprise you? Let me know!

xoxo,

The Dorm Dietitian

Anonymous said: This isn't a food-related question but I thought I'd ask anyway. Where do you go shopping for back to school? I'm trying to see what to buy for my freshman year and don't want to spend all my money on clothes.

Hey! No worries :) I actually have gotten great deals lately at Gap, J.Crew, American Eagle, Aerie, and Dillards! Just wait for their sales (like 60% off the clearance price…oh how I love aerie). And take advantage of student discounts!

Easy and Healthy Dorm Snacks and Dinners!

Hey everyone!

Can you believe school is starting soon? If you’re moving into a dorm or apartment for the year, my best advice is to buy/rent a mini-fridge! It really helped me out my freshman year and it came in handy when I got tired of eating the cafeteria food or just didn’t feel like walking there…haha oh the struggle. Anyways…here are some great ideas to help fill your fridge!

Amy’s Frozen Dinners and Snacks

Just had her pizza rolls for lunch and my oh my they were gooooood. They’re super easy to pop in the microwave and all of her food is organic with no preservatives! She also packs her frozen food in paper instead of plastic. My other favorites? The burritos, pesto tortellini, and mac and cheese. The best place to buy these is at Target, they cost around $3!

Eggo Waffles

If you’re like me, breakfast is appropriate at any time of the day. I just heat these up in the microwave (unless you’re lucky and your dorm lets you bring a toaster) for a quick breakfast (or lunch…). Lots of flavors to choose from too!

Frozen Fruit and Veggies

This makes it easy to get your 5 a day! Frozen fruit and veggies are easy to make and more reliable than on-campus options. You can even jazz up your water by placing some fruit in your water bottle!

Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt

We all get ice cream cravings…so why not make it good for you? My favorite the vanilla because it tastes exactly like ice cream and has a great source of protein!

What is your favorite snack? Have you tried any of these? Let me know!

xoxo,

The Dorm Dietitian

New post coming soon! Keep your eyeballs on the lookout :)