How To Manage Meals Off Campus
If you’ve grown up having the majority of your meals cooked for you, it can be very daunting to suddenly be responsible for all of your meals when you get to college. I personally have been cooking for myself for quite some time and I am more than happy to share my tips and tricks to making this just another part of your routine.
There are definitely different routes you can take when it comes to food preparation for yourself.
I think that when you are renting an apartment and have roommates, it makes the most sense to talk as a group and figure out what kind of similar foods everyone will be eating on a daily basis. This way, you can split the bill and the quantity of things that can be considered necessities like bread, eggs, milk, etc. You definitely don’t want to be stuck paying for these things and everyone else mooching off of you, so it is important to establish rules when it comes to sharing food too.
One method that I am a fan of is meal prepping for the first half of the week on Sunday afternoon / evening. I’m not always free Sunday afternoon / evening, so sometimes I’ll do this on Saturday or Monday, but the point is to establish meals for the first few days of the week to make it less hectic for me. I personally am not a huge fan of eating the same thing repeatedly, which is why I choose to meal prep for half a week instead of a full week.
Some things I like to meal prep that are super easy are: overnight oats, pb&j sandwiches, pre-portioned snacks if I didn’t buy individual bags, pasta, salad, etc.
Another method I enjoy when I have more time to cook throughout the week is to write out what I plan to eat for each meal on a white board. This way I don’t have to think about what I am going to make. I can just check my little board and get to it. Sometimes I’ll change the days I have certain things if I’m not in the mood for what I put that day, but for the most part I’ll stick to that plan.
Lastly, and the most important method of planning your meals, is grocery shopping. When you go grocery shopping, you need to have at least a vague plan of what you are going to be making throughout the week so that you buy the right things. This can be the trickiest part of meal prepping, so definitely plan ahead.
If all else fails, there are tons of options when it comes to meal subscription kits and grocery delivery services! We hope this helps!