The Vine: May 4, 2012
I have a question about a topic I know is near and dear to you — snacks! Well, snacks and other food, and I'm hoping the TN readers can help with some suggestions.
I'm fat, and while I'd like to lose some weight, my main concern is not gaining any more weight this semester or going broke buying fast food. I've gone back to school, and part of my program basically involves picking up a math degree. I work for my college running our Math Center, and all of my friends are in either math or engineering classes. We're all crazy, obsessive high-achievers, so we generally spend every hour during the day that we aren't in class working together on homework in the Center, so even when I'm not working, I'm in there.
Bottom line, I leave my house at 7:45 AM, work until I have class at 11:00, have 30 minutes off for lunch, then either work or have class in the afternoon for a few hours. I'm usually in the Math Center until 7:00 working with my classmates if I'm not on the clock, then I head home, except for Wednesdays when I have a 6:00-9:00 night class. All of this takes place in the same building, and we're at a small commuter school with a terrible dining hall. We have some decent coffee carts/kiosks, but they're expensive.
I can't afford to keep eating subs and pizza with the guys every day (for the sake of my wallet and my waistbands), and those are the only options close to campus. I also try not to leave and come back during the day, both because I don't have a lot of time between shifts, classes, and getting my own work done, and because after 9:00 AM parking is impossible. In short, I'm out of the house and in one building roughly 12 hours a day.
I'm looking for ideas for food that either comes pre-packaged or that I can portion and package myself. I have a little space in the Math Center to keep food, but we don't have a refrigerator or a sink on our floor. Everything needs to be shelf-stable, essentially. There is a microwave and a water fountain, so I can do things like oatmeal cups and soup.
I don't want to deal with washing and reusing plates, cups, or bowls since I'm there all day and there's no convenient place to wash them. I also would like some food that can keep me going all day that is better for me than the chips and candy bars in the vending machine.
Last semester, I kept a supply of:
- Instant oatmeal in single serving cups — they're more expensive than packets, but so convenient; I plan to keep using those
- Easy Mac — easy, but gross
- Peanut-butter crackers
- Granola bars
- Clif bars
I plan to keep bringing the last three, and adding nuts, but I need some variety and I need something more substantial most days. If I had a fridge and a sink, I'd be fine, but without those, I'm a little stuck. I'm looking for high-protein, portable, reasonably healthy food that I can eat while walking around the room working, walking between classes, or while trying to figure out differential equations and triple integrals at a table full of always-hungry college boys.
Hungry for more than knowledge
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