5 easy, healthy recipes for college students

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As we settle into the new year, many lose sight of their resolutions. A major one that we see every January is the promise to eat healthier. However, it’s hard. With the higher expenses for healthy options and the convenience of unhealthy junk foods, commitment to such a common resolution is difficult. It becomes even more difficult for college students, who are often working with very small budgets and have the convenience of dining halls and fast-food restaurants at their fingertips. However, with the right recipes and careful spending, students both in the dorms and in off-campus housing can eat healthy while staying on budget. 

This recipe combines rice, salmon and vegetables for a good meal that doesn’t sacrifice health for simplicity. All you need is salmon, rice (the recipe calls for jasmine rice, but any will do) and vegetables of your choice. Furthermore, the recipe also recommends creating a sesame sauce from soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, sesame oil and chili garlic sauce, all of which can be found at your local grocery store. 

Chicken has one of the unique advantages of being extremely high in protein and nutrients while being low in cost, making it a perfect staple for college students. This recipe calls for lemon juice, pepper, oregano, salt and olive oil as well as a 15-minute prep time, making it a very cheap and quick meal.

Sometimes you really don’t want to wake up and make a big breakfast before a 9 a.m. class. Luckily, this easy recipe will give you the energy you need to power through without making you late or breaking the bank. Simply topping an English muffin with a sliced banana, peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon creates a quick breakfast that won’t hinder your commitment to living healthier. 

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Don’t let the association with a standard fatty quesadilla from a fast-food taco joint fool you into thinking that a quesadilla must be unhealthy. By lightening the amount of butter or oil you use in cooking it and by adding vegetables and other proteins along with cheese to the tortilla, you can create a quick, healthy meal that won’t bust your budget. 

Swap out a greasy pizza from the shop down the street with a much healthier option. Instead of heavy mozzarella and pepperoni, the recipe calls for goat cheese or feta, along with hummus, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes, making it a much better choice for people watching their nutrition. 

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