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Outsmarting the Freshman 15 on a Budget

Outsmarting the Freshman 15 on a Budget

With many students headed off to college this fall, they may be worried about gaining the "freshman 15." Nutritional consultant, Gabrielle Welch, shares secrets on how to avoid those extra pounds while staying on a budget.

Here are her tips and suggestions for snacks and meals you can keep and make in your dorm room: College-friendly, mini-fridge snacks:
  • Hormone and antibiotic cheese sticks
  • Unsweetened peanut butter
  • Hummus
  • Crunchy snacks (celery, carrots, organic peppers)
  • Greek yogurt
Dorm room microwavable meals:
  • Organic breakfast burritos
  • Oatmeal
  • Packets of quinoa
Grab-and-go snacks:
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain pita chips
  • Canned vegetables
  • Prepackaged snack mix
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dry fruits
  • Protein bars
Gabrielle also shared a great dinner recipe you can make in the slow-cooker: sweet potato quinoa chili. Put it together in the morning and enjoy it when you get home from classes at the end of the day! Get her recipe for it here:

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

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