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Foods every college student should have in their fridge

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College life is busy and at times crazy when you’re inundated with work and assignments. Having food in your dorm for when you need to munch in the middle of the night is useful. Here’s what you should stock in your mini fridge…

 

Bananas

Health Benefits: ★★★★★ | 105 calories + rich in Potassium (422 mg) and also high in Vitamin C and B-6.

Flexibility: ★★★★ | Can be eaten with a slew of other dorm foods, like peanut butter, jam, yogurt, and cereal.

Durability: ★ | They can last up to 2-9 days refrigerated. They can be squished rather easily

 

Hummus

Health Benefits: ★★★ | Rich in fiber and protein that help your digestive system, as well as vitamins and minerals that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Flexibility: ★★★★★ | Can be eaten with crackers, pretzels, chips, veggies, on bagels, and almost anything else you can think of.

Durability: ★★ | In the fridge, it can last for up to 10 days unopened. In the freezer, it’s good for 6-8 months.

 

Milk

Health Benefits: ★★ ★★| High in calcium and Vitamin D, which is good for bone health. Has amino acids that moisturize skin. High in protein for muscle growth.

Flexibility: ★★★★ | Can be used in baked goods/desserts, for cereal, to combine in other drinks, and are wonderful when dipped in cookies.

Durability: ★ | Lasts for about 7-10 days

 

Eggs

Health Benefits: ★★★ | Contains “good fats” that help keep your heart healthy, as well as vitamins that are good for your eyes and bones.

Flexibility: ★★★★ | Can be used in salads, on a sandwich, or just eaten by themselves. 

Durability: ★ | Must always be refrigerated.

 

Peanut butter

Health Benefits: ★★★★ | High in potassium, protein, and fiber. Has healthy fats and is good for your heart. 

Flexibility: ★★★ | Can be used for sandwiches, to dip in, as a healthy baking substitute and as an ingredient in shakes/recipes.

Durability: ★★★★ | When refrigerated, it can last up to 8 months (but if not, will last about half that.) 

 

Apples

Health Benefits: ★★★★★ | High in fiber, high in antioxidants, satisfy hunger, prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol.

Flexibility: ★★★★★ | They can be used for baked goods, dipped into caramel and other sweets, put into pancakes, can be made into apple sauce, and can made into a variety of different drinks. 

Durability: ★★ | In the fridge, they can last up to 1-2 months  (but if not, will last about 1-2 weeks.) 

 

Other additional handy foods to have are cheese, carrot sticks and yogurt.

 

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