Many people think “going vegan” is hard and I have noticed that a common reason/excuse is college. As a vegan and a college student, I feel I can offer some advice for other vegans in college or people in college wanting to eat more plant-based.
Buy a crate for packaged and dry goods
Most dorms don’t have a full kitchen or if they do, you are not allowed to keep your food in the cabinets for long periods of time. I suggest getting a crate or box to put food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Snacks, legumes, rice, bananas, bread, and potatoes could all be kept in your room.
Stick to affordable, but nutritionally dense food
Rice, quinoa, legumes, bananas, potatoes, and peanut butter are all affordable foods and healthy for the most part. I also suggest buying most of your fruit and vegetables frozen to save money. Frozen fruits and veggies are packaged at peak freshness so you know that you’re getting all of the nutrients that food can offer.
Use mason jars as containers
Instead of having bulky packages lying around, store things in mason jars or other small containers. Saving space is extremely important because dorm rooms are small and on the plus side you can reduce waste by using mason jars.
Label and use containers
This is an obvious one, but label your food. Put your name and the date on the foods you put in the refrigerator. Also, you might want to be a V on your food so people are aware of your dietary restrictions.
Use the community refrigerator or share a mini fridge with your roommate
This goes along with the previous tip. Utilize the community refrigerator that most dorms have or share a mini fridge with your roommate. You don’t need to purchase a lot of cold foods, but plant-based milks, greens, and leftovers should be put in the refrigerator.
Think about investing in a ninja blender or any small blender
I use my blender every day. It allows me to make quick breakfast smoothies and it doesn’t take up too much space.
Use reusable bags
Using reusable bags when shopping not only reduces plastic waste it is also more convenient and you won’t take up space storing old grocery bags.
Don’t get a meal plan
Seriously please don’t waste your money on meal plans. You won’t have that many options other than salads and you will be more tempted to eat animal products. You’ll save money by just shopping for your own groceries.
I hope you enjoyed these tips, if you have anything else to add please leave it in the comments. Thanks for reading!