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What is your favorite food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Is this a food that you prepare for yourself or do you go out to get it?


harbour's picture

Blueberries Pancakes from Cracker Barrel

My favorite breakfast is the blueberries pancakes from Cracker Barrel about 10 minutes away from my place.  Here is the picture and link:

Jay Pineda's picture

nuts and potatoes

My favorite foods are nuts and potatoes! I actually think I can live only with nuts and potatoes as food haha. I usually eat nuts whenever I review for a major exam, It keeps me focused and others say that nuts make you more intelligent. I don't know if it is through though. But I don't care cos I love nuts. I get good results whenever I eat nuts while I review. Try it!

java602's picture

Snacks to Keep on Hand

Every college student needs to have a variety of snacks on hand in his or her dorm room. When you have to stay up late to finish assignments, a little snack can be really energizing. Of course, you can’t really hoard an entire grocery store in you room, but there are a few basic snacks that every student should keep around.

I suggest keeping at least one salty snack on hand and at least one sweet snack. For the salty snack, I recommend pretzels over potato chips. Pretzels are a lot more satisfying than chips, which means that your supply will last longer. Cookies may seem like the obvious choice for a sweet snack, but I happen to prefer graham crackers.

If you want something a little heartier, there are always Pop-tarts, or a cereal that you enjoy eating without milk. It great to keep these around too, because they are a great quick fix for breakfast if you oversleep and do not have time to grab food from the dining hall before class starts.

Sometimes it is also nice to have apples or bananas, but do not buy them in bulk, otherwise they might rot in your room if you don’t get around to eating them fast enough.

jessi246's picture

Food Suggestions for Struggling Students

Struggling can be replaced with starving, if you prefer, because either title works. Whether we’re starving, struggling, or otherwise, we all need a leg up with food. We’ve just moved out of the house, away from our mom’s cooking and our dad’s checkbook to pay for restaurant and grocery bills. It’s important to budget and work at balancing your food money, and here are a few things I learned in that first year that were helpful to me.

            You don’t have to go with the university’s meal plan. For some people, this may be a great option, but if it doesn’t work for you, don’t use it. My first year, I thought that everyone living in the dorms was forced into using this meal plan. I picked the cheapest option, $30 a week at the university’s small grocery store, and it was still too much. There were months when I would just buy junk because I wasn’t using all my money, and I thought I had to! Don’t fall for this same ploy. The meal plans are a great option to go with in helping you to manage yours spending, but think it through before you choose. How much will you need per week on food?

            For those of you spending money at your own discretion, not on the university’s plan, be careful about what you dole out. Buying ice cream and candy bars all year is not the best way to care for your brain. Go for the healthier options, slightly more expensive though they may be, and plan for this little extra expense. Eat at restaurants only sparingly, and save your money. 

JamieS86's picture

 Yogurt is a good option for

 Yogurt is a good option for students. It isn't expensive, it has protein, you don't have to cook it, and you can mix it with different things for variety.

jessi246's picture

Eating Healthy on a Skinny Budget

You’re in the grocery store. You’re a college student, so thinking is your job, and you’ve got to supply that brain with essential nutrients. With those exams on your mind, you head over to the vegetable aisle. You pick up a broccoli stem in your hand, and then quickly put it down again after checking the price. You find yourself in a similar situation as you check the tag on potatoes, yams, and carrots. Holy cow! When did healthy food get so expensive? Dejected, you head to the snack food aisle, relieved to have found some cheaper prices.

            Does this situation sound familiar? For me and many other college students out there, the answer is a definite yes. We’re living out of home, spending our own, hard-earned money on the food we eat, and it can be a rocky road. The temptation to turn to the low-priced junk food can be strong when we see the costs on the healthier items, but eating well is a key aspect of being a good student.

            If you look at those raw foods and cringe, try budgeting your money. Managing your money can go a long way, and you might find that you have some extra money to spend on the healthier foods.

    Try frozen or canned vegetables. While not as healthy as their raw counterparts, frozen or canned foods still pack a lot more nutrition than a bag of chips or a soda. There are ways to stay healthy and still save your money! 

JamieS86's picture

 The other thing you can try

 The other thing you can try is getting fruits and vegetables when they are in season. It definitely cuts down on the price quite a bit, and it is also more environmentally sound.

 The other option is looking for cheaper grocery stores for your produce. My town has a small Asian grocery that has the cheapest and best vegetables around, although you still need to go to other stores for other products.

Also, there are some vegetables and fruits that stay nutritious even when canned. Tomatoes, beans, etc. Focusing on those will help save you money without sacrificing the nutrition benefits.

java602's picture

My college has a local

My college has a local farmer’s market that makes it really easy (and fairly cheap) to get fruits and vegetables when they are in season.  I have a meal plan at my college, but I have to, because my college requires it for students living in the dorms.  I get fifteen all-you-can-eat meals per week (although you are only allowed three meals per day) and 180 dollars per semester to spend at the on campus café slash convenience store.  This meal plan costs a little less than two thousand dollars for the entire year.  I think that it is a decent value.  

java602's picture

So I have a recipe for

So I have a recipe for microwave chocolate cake that is a snap to make in a dorm and I thought I would share. Enjoy!


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 to 3/4 cup white sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup milk

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 pinch salt

Blend the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and milk.  Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  Combine the two mixtures; blend until smooth.  Pour into a greased, microwave safe bowl.

Cover and microwave for two to three minutes.  Let it cool for five minutes. 

bandella's picture

That microwave cake recipe

That microwave cake recipe sounds fascinating. I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of microwaved cake, but I wanna try it out now. Yummy!

My favorite snacks include all kinds of fresh fruit, particularly bananas and a little sandwich baggie with strawberries. Other options: pretzels, turkey sandwiches, and Ritz crackers. Possibly my all-time favorite snack would be Lunchables, the turkey and cheddar cheese kind. So yummy, super portable, quick, and surprisingly filling for such a small snack. 

If you want something sweet, go with the individual serving packets of dry cereal (Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, and Golden Grahams are my favorites) or the individual fun size packets candy bars: Kit-Kats, Hershey bars, whatever makes you happy.

jessi246's picture


Yum! This chocolate cake recipe sounds great! Wow, I don't know if I've ever made chocolate cake from scratch before, but it doesn't sound too hard. Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us! College students still get sweet cravings, but our moms aren't there to make us treats. This sounds like something easy and simple that doesn't take too much time. And you bake it in the microwave? Wow! That is cool. I'm definitely going to have to try this out. I can't believe it only takes 2 to 3 minutes!

navyatha's picture


Yeah I call it dessert. I literally munch away packets of nuts with fruits/dry fruits. I prefer specific combinations. Like I figs with almonds or papya with walnuts. I love combinations. I have live on those for sure. 

I like scrambled eggs with avacodo + many other things for breakfast. I prepare all my meals. At most of my snack meals, I munch on nuts+dried fruit, so there isnt too much work involved anyway. I eat desserts from outside food places like chocolate cheesecake.  I dont have traditional oven and baking bit of a problem for me. 

@Java602 - Thanks for sharing the microwave recipe. I will definitely give it a try.


jbluefoot23's picture

One of my favorite foods is

One of my favorite foods is homemade pizza.  I make my own crust and love to top it with smoked mozzarella, cashews and spinach.  Another favorite that my mom used to make is lentil spaghetti.  We are vegetarian in my household so we go through a fair amount of tofu and tempeh.  Yogurts are a good easy snack.  A cup of yogurt, a handful of nuts, and a few pieces of cheese can get me pretty far.  A favorite test-day breakfast is biscuits and nutritional yeast gravy with fried potatoes.  I do order out periodically, and finals week generally sees me calling our local calzone delivery place a least once.

Alex1017's picture


The staple of any college student.  I have to admit I'm a slave to college food joints.  Gumbys, Jimmy Johns, Wings Over, and the numerous amounts of pizza joints on campus (everyone has their favorite).   My favorite late night food is pizza - late night pizza seems to be the staple at Penn State.

Do any of you have some of the food places at your schools that I mentioned?  Outside of my favorite pizza place on campus, I love the Wings Over franchise.  Wings Over Happy Valley at Penn State is probably one of my favorite places to get food.  Depending on the city you live in, the Wings Over Franchise takes the name into account.  For example Ive been to a Wings Over Washington in DC.  Nothing beats a Hanger 1 with half hot red alert wings and half west Texas dry rub.  Any other wings over fans out there??? 


onlinerewardz's picture

bread sandwich and oatmeal

Well, most of the time in the morning, I am always rushing out to one place or the other. It is either I am rushing out to school, or to a formal event or some place; and usually I would not have time to start preparing an elaborate breakfast. As a result of this, I just eat bread sandwiched with anything that I can think of at that moment, probably margarine or some sandwich. And on some other days that I may not have bread at home, I would just take some oatmeal pour into my plate, add some milk and water, put it in the microwave for 2 minutes, and then I am good to go.

FrancesG's picture

Staples of my college diet

When I first moved out I was living on pennies a day and quickly learned how to maximize my dollars at the grocery store. The staples of my diet were egg noodles, Raman Noodles, canned chicken, canned tuna, canned or frozen veggies and cream of chicken soup. At any given time I had at least some combination of these items and, when I was lucky, I had all at my disposal and I always bought generic store brands to save even more. Coupled with condiment packs from fast food restaurants my friends helped me collect, I learned plenty of quick and delicious meals that sustained me for several years.


FrancesG's picture

Chicken Divan, a college student's feast

One of my favorite recipes in college is called Chicken Divan (don't ask me who named it, I originally got the recipe from a friend of the family in 1999). My friends and I were all struggling for money so we would often pool our grocery money to buy food to cook and share as a "family." Chicken Divan was the absolute favorite thing we would make because it was ridiculously cheap and feeds a lot of people at once or one person for several days. There are two ways to make it depending on how much you have to send on the ingredients. Here I will provide both variations with the "seriously broke version" ingredients in parentheses:


Chicken Divan


-1 frozen chicken (or 2 large cans of chicken in water)

-1 large can of cream of chicken soup

-1 small can cream of mushroom soup

-3/4 cup mayo (that is a lot of mayo packets if you can't afford a bottle, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to collect enough)

-1 LB frozen broccoli (or 2 cans green beans, drained)

-2 cans corn, drained

-2 packages egg noodles

-First boil the chicken in enough water to cover the bird and keep at a stead boil until it is falling off the bones (or drain the chicken in the cans).

-Remove the chicken from the water and let it cool so you can remove the meat from the bones. Keep the water it boiled in.

-Cook the egg noodles in the chicken broth, add more water if necessary and follow the directions on the bag.

-Defrost your frozen broccoli or heat canned beans by putting them in a pot on the stove or in a microwavable dish in the microwave. 

-Once the noodles are cooked and drained, mix all ingredients together in the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.


FrancesG's picture

Easy Cobbler

When my friends and I had a party they always requested I make my cobbler because it  tastes wonderful and doesn't cost much when we all chipped in; I actually still use this recipe when we have weekend cookouts. For the easiest cobbler you will even make, all you need is a box of yellow cake mix (grab the one on sale), and a large can of Comstock (or similar brand) pie filling in any fruit flavor you want; the favorite in my group was always peach. To make the cobbler you would mix the cake batter according to the directions which means you need to read the box before you leave the store to make sure you have what it takes, which is usually eggs, butter or veggie oil, and water. Pour the batter into a cake pan (you can get a set of foil pans from the store pretty cheap) and pour the can of fruit filling in the middle. Do not mix it together, but use a spoon to gently spread the filling a little, but leave most in the center. Bake the cobbler in a pre-heated oven at 350 for approximately an hour or until it gets golden brown on top. Serve warm and enjoy!


FrancesG's picture

Grandma's Florida Corn Bread


My Grandmother’s Florida style corn bread recipe is another easy and cheap way to add some home cooking to your college diet. You need:

-3 eggs, well beaten

-1 small can cream-style sweet corn

-1 cup sour cream

-1 cup self-rising corn meal (you will find it in the baking aisle)

-1/2 cup veggie oil

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-Mix all ingredients to the beaten eggs, grease an 8"x"8 pan (foil pans wrk great) and bake at  400 for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.

A really Southern way to eat cornbread is for breakfast with a little syrup, but it is also really good with chili (Wendy's has great chili for $1 or you can buy it in a can at the grocery store) or to accompany the Chicken Divan recipe I posted earlier.


FrancesG's picture

Southwestern Lasagna

Southwestern Lasagna is a really delicious meal for multiple people that I still have requests for at least once a month and there are actually certain friends who jokingly refuse to come to my house if I am not making this dish for dinner. To make you need:

-1 pack flour tortillas

-1LB ground meat (any type of ground meat works and ground pork or chicken is usually the cheapest)

-1 large jar salsa

-1 bag shredded cheese (any variety works, but the Mexican mix is best)

-1 container sour cream (size depends on how much you like sour cream)

-1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

-1 can sweet corn, drained

In a large pot or pan on medium-high heat, cook the ground meat and drain the grease. Lower the burner to medium and add the beans, corn, and 1/2 jar salsa, to the meat and mix together while cooking for approximately 5 minutes. Use the tortillas to cover the bottom of a deep lasagna pan (foil pans are a great invention); cut the tortillas in half and overlap the edges. Pour 1/2 of your meat mixture on top of the tortillas and spread evenly. Next, layer 1/2 the sour cream,1/2 the shredded cheese and 1/2 the remaining sales on top and spread evenly. Cover with another layer of halved tortillas and repeat the layering with the remained ingredients, reserving a little cheese for the topping. Finally, top off with a last layer of tortillas and cook in the oven at 350 for approximately 30-45 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top after the first 25 minutes so it can melt without burning. This meal can easily feed 6-8 hungry people at a time.

Capslock077's picture

Pizza, Pizza, PIzza

I love pizza.  My record for consecutive meals for pizza is at 28.  Officially 22 days.  Many days I tend to eat one large meal.  Pizza.  I will eat pizza from many different places and get trapped into eating pizza all of the time.  I will eat one kind and long for another.  I will have the other kind and want the same pizza with different toppings.  I could have pizza from a mom and pop shop one day and eat from pizza hut the next.  There are countless permutations and combinations that can be made at every single pizza place so it truly could be endless.

zwright55's picture

I avoided the Freshman 15...

ALL through my university career I tried to avoid eating out every single day.  How did I do such a thing?? I was fortunate enough to have learned how to cook from the many adult figures I had in my life. So basically I try to cook my meals and as a last resort and if i'm just oh so tired I will eat out occasionally.  My most favorite thing in the world to do is cook for friends, and my most favorite thing in the whole world to cook is any type of fettuccine Alfredo!  I love that pasta dish so much, because it is so easy to make. I usually make a vegetarian version of it, but sometimes I'll splurge and make a meat kind. My other favorite is anything with spinach, or chicken. Spinach is my most favorite vegetable and I can eat it every day. I think cooking at home save a lot of money, and also helps build cooking skills as well. So I suggest ALL to go cook, if you are fortunate to have a stove. 

allin121's picture

About food


I have to say that my breakfast food is a cup of tea and a piece of toast, and my lunch food is dal rice, and my dinner food is chapati and sabji. I also like to eat non-veg. Mostly, I like chicken, which is my favorite. My parents don't allow me to eat non-veg at home. So I eat in the market or any food eating place, which is non-vegetarian. I am from India, where there are different types of people eating different types of food - like Christan like to eat  dosa and sambhar bada, Muslims like to eat rumali chapati and chicken curry, and Hindu like to eat food, mainly vegetarian. I like to eat every kind of food except fish; I don't like its smell. Different nations have their different food cultures.  If i want to go elsewhere, I will go to places that have different food to eat.

Thanks. This is all I have to say about food.

closetsocialist's picture

College food is disgusting. I

College food is disgusting. I can't think of a better adjective to use here. Every place at my campus that was covered by the student meal plan served greasy, fattening bastardizations of dishes that should have been healthy. In my first two years, I gained twenty five pounds from the food alone. It took me six months to burn that off after I graduated, then another six to get to a reasonable weight. I guess when you're under a lot of stress from school, you don't think too much about what you're putting in your body. And when you add that to cheap take out options like pizza, Chinese, fast food burgers, and all the copious amounts of alcohol you consume -- gaining weight is almost a guarantee. Especially since... who has time to go the gym if you're juggling five classes and a job/ internship?

Since graduating I tend to eat a lot of fish. At least two or three times a week. Tuna, salmon, mahi mahi -- it's somewhat pricey but I'd rather toss a few bucks to decent meat and vegetables than waste it on empty carbohydrates and other gross food-like substances. I was fed that enough in high school and college; as an adult, it's my chance to eat like a real person does.

wedge1020's picture

My favorite food is good, and good for me...

As a Vegan (and aspiring raw foodist), my taste preferences have changed drastically over the past few years.

The day for me starts with a digestive system jump start and detoxing tonic, being either a freshly squeezed lemon mixed with 1/8" teaspoon of aluminum-free baking soda (the fizzing reaction is the result of the sodium bicarbonate mixing with the lemon juice, resulting in the bonding of some potassium bicarbonate, another important body electrolyte we don't always get enough of-- plus it is quite alkalizing).

Breakfast for me consists of either a freshly juiced drink (carrots, apple, celery, and other vegetables in proximity-- broccoli, kale, lettuce, home-grown sprouts, sweet pepper, cilantro, parsley, etc.) typically not ALL of these at once, but typically a base of carrots, apple, and celery mixed with some other on-hand items. The taste definitely grows on you with time, and the more you do it, the quicker, easier, and more fun it is to clean up the juicer afterwards.

My morning drink could also be a vitamin drink (whole food supplement mixed with other powders), or a vegetable smoothie.

I usually also have a bowl of granola with mulberries, goji berries, goldenberries, dried cherries, and sliced pear or pomegranate (or some other fruit on-hand), wet with rice or coconut milk.

Morning snack many days has been a water bottle mixed with chia seeds and some coconut oil. Very filling, and high in fiber! Delicious too.

Lunch is sometimes more of a snack for me, as I'm not typically hungry yet for a full meal, so a handful of two of sprouted pumpkin seeds, more goji berries, kale chips, and some coconut water typically do the trick. If I'm slightly more hungry I may go for a Lara bar or vegan granola bar.

If I am hungry I typically make a salad.

An afternoon snack may be the continuation of the morning's bottle of chia seeds (I slowly sip on it throughout the day).

Dinner is usually a salad or vegan soup, although I am trying to get more into doing an evening vitamin drink or smoothie instead-- I find that the lighter and more raw the evening meal, the better I sleep and the more energy I have.

betterintheory's picture


Sure it's good to eat healthy and be concerned about what you put in your body. With that said, when I like to treat myself after a long day, there is only one thing on my mind, and it's not being healthy. Waffle House. That's what I'm thinking when I get hungry. Not only are they open twenty four hours, but the grease soaked food is just soooo good. Get a big plate of hashbrowns with cheese and ham and onions. Mmmmm. Get a waffle on the side and cover it in syrup and butter. It is quite the treat, if you can make it through the night without a heart attack.

BeHereNow's picture

My Morning Routine

My morning routine involves coffee and cigarettes. I'm afraid that trumps betterintheory's Waffle House in terms of being unhealthy. :) As far as coffee goes, Starbucks is good, but too expensive. But if you make starbucks at home, you can trade the bag in at a Starbucks for a free coffee in the store. Not a great deal overall, though. My second choice is Folgers Silk Dark Roast. Then again, I like my coffee strong. Studies have shown coffee to be anticarcinogenic, though, with all its antioxidants, so maybe my habits cancel each other out???

Ashlynn Hall's picture


Well, I like to think that most college students live on a budgeted diet. A lot of what we cram into our mouths as we cram for an exam is not exactly healthy. It's the worst if you end up living a daily Top Ramen diet. I usually eat whatever is available to me in the house. My breakfasts aren't until noon half the time, and I'll eat anything from microwave meals to left-over dinner. Dinners are always freshly made, and I have had the privilege of having them well-balanced lately. Some of my favorite foods are pork chops, mashed potatoes, fruit for snacks, and above all, breakfast foods. I love to cook for myself some eggs, hash browns, and sausages. I don't know how to cook much, but I like to experiment.

Ashlynn Hall's picture

Brain Food

The things that college students should eat should be good, and good for you. Your brain needs to have nourishment, and stuffing your face with Cheetos and Mountain Dew isn't going to cut it. I know that sometimes eating your fruit and veggies can be a little dull, but you can change it up. Sometimes I like to put together little salads of cut up fruit, and add some yogurt and some peanuts, and it's a fun little meal. Vegetables can be put to the same use. There are also all sorts of drinks that provide your brain with what it needs. Also, if you STILL don't want to eat your veggies, there is always V8 juice.

BeHereNow's picture

Vegan diet and anemia

I tried a vegan diet once and ended up with anemia. So I don't do that anymore. I guess if you're going to leave meat out of your diet it's really important to eat foods with plenty of iron or to take supplements. I was also concerned about the idea of osteoporosis, since I wasn't getting much calcium either. Then again, cows don't drink milk or eat meat, and I've never heard of cows having weak bones. Reading these posts have made me really hungry, actually. I'm not sure how I'd feel if I only had a vitamin drink or a smoothie for dinner. Does it really give you more energy? I would have guessed the opposite.