Living in a campus is not the most conducive to a healthy lifestyle; just ask any college student! The staple of instant ramen and pizza as main meals looks set to stay unless something is done about it and something had better be, considering that the aforementioned food items contribute directly to the obesity epidemic. But, what? The pathetic space we call kitchen in our dormitory provides barely enough space to move about without bumping into something, let alone to whip up a healthy meal.
So here’s the answer; space-saving appliances. I am talking about the innovative over the sink cutting board, the Karbon Faucet with its multiple, movable joints, an all-in-one steamer, can-cook-anything best rice cooker … you get the gist. When you think about it, the rest is really up to you now, isn’t it? And once you have got that sorted out, here are some of the things that you can do to stay healthy during your college years, cramped spaces and all.
One of the easiest and healthiest ways to cook your food is through steaming it and the best thing is, it works for practically everything! All you need is just fresh ingredients and maybe some sauces to make them more delectable. Get different types of vegetables (hint: a variety of colors, as different colors spell different nutrients) and meat and you are already halfway there. For the latter, heart-healthy choices include fatty fish high in Omega-3 like salmon and chicken but red meat is encouraged in moderate amounts as well due to their high iron and zinc content; just cut out all the fats!
For this, you can invest in a custom-fitted over the sink cutting board but if you think you have enough space, Farberware makes some of the best cutting boards. By the way, check out this best cutting board post, they have all kinds of cutting boards there. A compact refrigerator is another essential appliance to have as you will need it to keep your ingredients fresh. Stock it up with fruits and tubs of yoghurt for any late night snacking to beat the stress of rushing for assignments. The trick is to not make junk food too easily available and yes, that includes sugary drinks like soda.
I am sure that this has been stressed enough, but always, always try to do some exercises. They do not always have to mean visiting the gym (do not even get me started on the woes of using the gym). If cramped spaces and a tight schedule are all that is stopping you from doing some exercises, you can opt for the simple running in one spot. It burns about the same amount of calories and the best thing is, you can perform it anywhere, and without any preparation too; no more excuses for you, young lady. All the Martha Stewart-branded over the sink cutting boards will be for nothing if you lack the willpower, and willpower in this sense also extends to dropping all flimsy excuses to wolf down another pan of pizza. I have given you a solution that you can deem an investment for your future and like all investments, this has to be asked; what do you plan to do with it?