If you understand the benefits of a raw diet, but have to worry about getting to class on time and dealing with short periods of break time between academic obligations, don’t give up yet.
There are some ways for you to stay dedicated to your healthy diet while running on a busy schedule that might make your life a little easier. You may need to set aside a few ten-minute periods throughout the day for food preparation, but you can create raw on-the-go meals and snacks on a time budget with the following suggestions.
[Editor’s note: I went raw during college, and my best tip is to think ahead and prepare food ahead. Having food on hand is the first step to eating right, and Maria is going to share some great simple recipes and tips to eat right on a tight student schedule.]
Breakfast Ideas for Raw Curious Students
Bananas with granola nut clusters: Mix raw oats, raw nuts (like slivered almonds or cashews), stevia or raw honey (which has the most nutritional value of any type of honey), and any spices you might like (such as cinnamon) and form into small clusters.
Let them set on some waxed paper until they’re dry, then keep them in a container for convenient use. If you have a dehydrator tray, this will work even better. For a breakfast treat, try them with almond milk and sliced bananas. (Hint: to maximize the enzymes in your almonds or cashews, soak them in room-temperature water for 8 to 12 hours.)
Lunch and Dinner for Busy Students
Stir fry (minus the “fry”): Chop up some broccoli, then add some cashews, teriyaki sauce (not raw), and any other vegetables you might like (peppers, mushrooms, and celery are good choices, as are water chestnuts – just remember to peel them if you get them fresh).
You can also add chili sauce or dried red pepper flakes if you’d like to add some heat, along with grated ginger or other spices. Just mix all of these ingredients together, and if you have time, let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, allowing your sauce and spices to fully flavor the dish. It still tastes great if you’re hungry and stuck on a tight schedule.
Seasonal fruit salad: Start with baby mixed greens, spinach, romaine, or any other lettuce of your choice. Next, chop up any fruit you have available, or if you have time, make a run to the farmer’s market or grocery store for whatever happens to be in season.
Apples with dried cranberries and raisins can be delicious, or try peaches, blueberries, and raspberries for a summery treat. You can make your own dressing by combining olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, salt, and pepper in proportions of your choice. Just keep a bottle handy so you can whip up quick salads when you need them.
Raw Snacks for College Students
Fruit and nuts: These are the obvious choices, and they’re easy to take along with you when you’re pressed for time. Just keep raw nuts in your kitchen or room, along with a good stock of fruit, and you’ll be ready to grab a snack as you run out the door.
Cashew balls: Check out how to make the raw snowman, and adapt to make smaller individual portions of these delicious cashew crunch balls. Think of them as yummy donut holes and enjoy!
Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, researching various online degree programs. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.
If you’re a student, what’s your best tip for eating right on a tight schedule? Let us know in the comments below!