What you need to know about food allergies and campus food

Campus life is about many new experiences, and learning to prepare food and fend for yourself is a part of those experiences! If you’re part of the 75% of people who can’t digest dairy or you have gluten or soy food allergies, you need to know about campus food and your food allergies/sensitivities before your school year kicks off!

It's very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

It’s very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

What are “dairy allergies”?

There are many “hidden” dairy products in food that can make ordering in the dining hall and shopping in your campus’ convenience store a pain! Read more

Freshman 15 facts for college students

Heading off to college is an exciting time for freshmen all around. You’ll be entering a new and different environment than what you were used to in high school. This can be both a good and bad thing.

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

When I was in high school, I had a very structured, consistent schedule that I maintained. College, on the other hand, was another story. I wasn’t quite as active as I was in high school, yet I still thought I could get away with eating whatever I wanted in the buffet style dining hall in my dorm – boy, was I wrong! Here’s why I’d like to share some knowledge about what you should know about the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Read more

10 must-haves for your college survival kit

As you prepare to head off to college next month, you’re probably starting to wonder what in the world is essential for your college survival kit, right? No need to panic. I’ve been in your shoes before so I understand what you’re going through.

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

After looking back on the days where I lived in a dorm, I started to remember some of the items I kept in my survival kit that made life in college a little bit easier. Check out my ideas on what you should keep in your college survival kit. Read more

DIY summer drinks and desserts for your next party

Summer break is about just that — taking a break to enjoy the warmer weather, the time off, and to spend time with friends and family.

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to throw a beach themed party. (Credit: Birthday Direct)

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to throw a beach themed party. (Credit: Birthday Direct)

If you’re having company, whether at a beach party, a backyard BBQ or just an on campus shindig, check out these DIY summer drinks and desserts that will please everyone! Read more

Believe it or not, back to school time is near

With Fourth of July in the rearview mirror, it is only a matter of time before you will be heading back to school. Although college students may feel like they just left the dorm and quad behind, summer’s over … almost.

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

You can make the transition from time off to hitting the books a bit easier with these back to school tips for college students. Read more

How to eat healthy on a college budget

There are many organic products now available at local grocers that weren’t available a few years ago. And there are many people pushing the “all organic diet” and passing judgment on those of us who can’t afford these expensive products.

Despite being on a strict budget, it is possible to eat healthy as a college student. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Despite being on a strict budget, it is possible to eat healthy as a college student. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Curious about how to eat healthy on a college budget? Read on for this week’s college life hacks about healthy eating. Read more

Plan a staycation during your summer break

If you’re staying close to home this summer break to save money and take extra credits at the community college, you should consider planning a ‘staycation’ celebration with your buds who will also be hangin’ around.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Cindy Cesca, writer over here with CengageBrain, posted the “Top 10 staycation ideas for college students in need of R&R” last April 22, 2013. Check out her post for some new ways to enjoy your hometown. For ideas on how to throw a staycation bash that will be one for the books, read on! Read more

How you can throw the best BBQ ever

In “BBQ tips and tricksHow to plan a cookout,” Ginny Gaylor here at the CengageBrainiac blog wrote on May 20, 2013, all about how to plan your cookout. “Nothing says fun quite like firing up the grill,” she noted, before giving tips on how to be a good host and what to do to prep your grill.

Throw a summer BBQ so you can show off your grilling skills. (Credit: Kristen)

Throw a summer BBQ so you can show off your grilling skills. (Credit: Kristen)

If you need BBQ ideas on organizing a grilling event on campus, check out that article, and then return for a look at a good BBQ menu for college students, including vegetarian BBQ ideas and some tips on BBQ safety. Read more

Quick easy healthy meals to make in your dorm room

When you’re hungry, you won’t have to go out for a snack if you’ve planned ahead. You can create quick, easy, healthy meals that will satisfy your hunger and make you popular among your dorm-mates. Let’s look at a few ideas about how you can satisfy your sweet tooth, your desire to crunch and other food fetishes.

Nut butter boats are a great example of healthy meals. (Credit: Kate Morin)

Nut butter boats are a great example of healthy meals. (Credit: Kate Morin)

Fun healthy meals in a flash

Preparing good food doesn’t mean that you have to bake. Try out these peanut butter s’mores, for example. Christy Denney explained how to whip up these chocolaty treats in her July 29, 2013, post for her blog, The-Girl-Who-Ate-Everything.com. Read more

DIY tips for keeping food fresh in dorm rooms

Keep your dorm room properly stocked with healthy food to help avoid weight gain.

Keep your dorm room properly stocked with healthy food to help avoid weight gain.

Many factors of college life conspire to make eating in college dorms a whole lot nastier than eating Mom’s pot roast. Too many fatty foods, costly fresh fruits and vegetables, crazy work and study hours, difficulty storing and cooking good food, and the dreaded weight gain. Food can easily get stale and who really knows whether apples should go in the fridge or on the shelf. Here are some food storage do-it-yourself dorm tips for college students.

Think smart when snacking. “Do the exact opposite of what I did,” says Corrine Fischer, Registered Dietician, in “20 Quick & Healthy College Snacks + Free Download” posted August 12, 2013 on Keep Your Diet Real. “As a college freshman, my dorm room was always stocked with lots and lots of cheap refined carbs…crackers, cookies, ramen noodles, pizza, cereal, granola bars, chips, etc. Don’t do that. Read more