While some college students somehow find open hours in their days to not only cook elaborate meals in their downtime, but even open hoity-toity restaurants in their dorm rooms, for many students, living in a dorm isn’t exactly conducive to gourmet eating.
Money, time, and energy sometimes feel more like luxuries than givens when you’re a busy university student with deadlines to meet and new responsibilities to navigate, so it’s important to make sure your sources for fuel are readily accessible, relatively good for you, and easy to grab and go when you realize you’re running late for one of your many obligations.
Allow us to take at least one load off your shoulders. We looked through our vast and varied Food Monster App recipes to bring you 15 easy and vegan on-the-go food options that should get you from breakfast through to your midnight snack feeling nourished, energized, and excited to take on your next adventure. Check them out below!
These Overnight Oats With Raspberries and Tahini contain raspberries, which are very high in vitamin C, and tahini — a paste of sesame seeds — which is high in copper, to keep your blood and bones healthy. We’re huge fans of overnight oats because they’re convenient, satiating, and very portable. You can stash one in your bag and pop it open during a lecture, or even just enjoy it right out of the jar in your dorm when you’re hungry.
This Sweet Cinnamon Couscous comforting with a bit of spice from cinnamon, and definitely filling in an energizing way! Top this couscous with some banana, strawberries, and nuts for an extra nutritional boost. Treat this dish like overnight oats, and put it in a jar so you can take it on the go!
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Muffins pair buckwheat together with fresh, juicy strawberries for a dynamic flavor combination that’s out of this world. We could eat these for breakfast every day this week.
In these Cacao Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars, cacao, peanut butter, and oats come together to create these chewy bars of breakfast perfection. They are gluten-free, wholesome, rich, and perfect for busy mornings. Oh, and they all come together in just one bowl! Perfect.
Smoothie Ice Cube Concentrates are the best because they can be made fast, are filled with nutrition, and make you feel great. This recipe provides six make-ahead combinations for smoothie concentrates. Make ahead, freeze in my favorite ice tray, and blend up with your favorite liquid when you are ready to use. Make several smoothies at once, or make them on a single-serve basis. Easy-peasy! Happy smoothie mornings!
Sandwiches make classic to-go lunches. This Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea Sandwich ticks all the boxes for a convenient yet tasty and dynamic meal. Light yet hearty, packed with protein and iron, low in fat, easy to make, and delicious! You can store the leftover chickpea smash in the fridge, too.
These gluten-free Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Hummus Wraps are packed with soft, savory sweet potatoes, tender smokey cauliflower, velvety hummus, and a hearty kale salad. This wrap has everything you need for lunch in a portable form.
This Activated Energy Mix tastes amazing, keeps you sustained and is full of goodness! You can add whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruits you prefer to this, and either eat it plain, throw it on top of another salad, or sprinkle it on vegan yogurt with fruit for a complete, on-the-go, light lunch. Making your own is energy mix is cheaper, tastier and more rewarding than buying one in a store.
These Banana-Strawberry ‘Dillas will satisfy any sugar cravings with the natural sweetness of fruit! Bananas, though very sweet, have a low glycemic index, meaning that your body absorbs the sugar gradually, eliminating spikes in your blood sugar. Strawberries are very high in vitamin C which is extremely important for a good immune system. Cinnamon boosts the metabolism by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after meals. All in all, these ingredients make an excellent combo to give you long-lasting energy and satisfaction.
When you think “burgers” you may not think “easy”, but these 5-Ingredient Garlic Onion Black Bean Burgers bust that myth. You can assemble these plant-based patties in five ingredients, and either eat them in a sandwich, crumble them up and use them as a salad topper or sandwich stuffer, and they freeze so well.
Who said that delicious food has to be complicated? This Burmese Chickpea Bowl is packed with Burmese condiments like fried red chili flakes, shallots, garlic, onions, and crushed peanuts. You can also make this with pre-cooked chickpeas (because if you’re a college student you’re probably pressed for time and resources), however, the joy of tasting a freshly boiled, hot, steamy, creamy chickpea is unparalleled!
Snacks and Desserts
If you’re a runner, then you’re probably familiar with energy gels and blocks — those sweet, gooey snacks that give you a burst of energy on long runs. But, did you know that you can make a healthier version and that it’s totally easy? Thes Homemade Energy Gels are made from frozen fruit, dates, and sweet rice flour, also known as mochiko. Not only will they give you the energy you need to get through your run, you can customize the flavor with your favorite fruit.
These gluten-free 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites provide loads of plant-based protein thanks to peanut butter and are packed with nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and healthy fats. It is important to stick to the natural kind with a minimal ingredient list (optimally just peanuts and salt) to really reap the benefits in the most nutritious way.
10-Minute Superfood Protein Bars are the perfect pre or post-workout treat. They are packed with protein powder, oats, and coconut and then finished with a yummy carob drizzle. Plus, they are super easy to make and you can have them ready in no time.
This 4-Ingredient Lemon Pudding is like an oasis for people who take the lemony desserts seriously because it has a serious lip-puckering taste. If you look forward to your morning lemon water, then you will love this energizing, easy-to-assemble vegan dessert! It’s perfect for filling vanilla cupcakes, spreading or sandwiching between two vegan sugar cookies, or just spooning out of the jar.
If you’re excited to learn more about how to thrive as a plant-based college student, we suggest reading this helpful guide on how to make your dorm as vegan-friendly as possible, and checking out these tips on how to cook plant-based without a stove. We also recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea Sandwich