- MIX UP YOUR SALADS
- add beans, salsa, chickpeas, guac, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, whatever is available
- take advantage of the salad bar- there are probably delicious raw veggies you can eat plain, or with hummus, guac, peanut butter, etc
- PROTEIN POW(D)ER
- if your protein options are limited, you can always keep some protein powder on you (I love Orgain Chocolate Fudge). Just add water or nondairy milk; or, make my favorite protein smoothie bowl (recipe soon to come!)
- SPICE IT UP
- when the steamed green beans and broccoli start to get old, mix it up! Add soy, sriracha, lemon pepper, curry powder, paprika- use your imagination!
- MEAL PREP
- if you have a fridge and microwave, you’re all set. Buy canned soup (I love Amy’s kitchen), and pre-portion veggies and hummus for grab-and-go dining
- if you have access to a dorm kitchen, even better! Spend some time during the weekend roasting veggies, cooking up soup, or making peanut butter cookies
- Speak up!
- petition for more choices, ask for items to be made vegan, maybe even start a vegan club!
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- DON’T start eating all the vegan junk food you can; it’s hard, especially when you suddenly have new freedom. Avoid the Oreos, Sour Patch Kids, veggie burgers and fries- they won’t be your friend for long
- DON’T ignore nutrient needs. Track your proteins, fats, micronutrients, etc. Make sure you take a vitamin supplement of some sort for those important B vitamins!
- DON’T give up. It may seem difficult, but remember that you are not a potato, you are a coffee bean: when you’re put in hot water, change your surroundings, don’t let them change you!