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How To Be Vegan In College Or University Without A Kitchen

Going to a college and/or a university is a very important time in many peoples lives.

In fact it’s actually a very popular time for people to go vegan!

A lot of teens have parents that don’t support them going vegan or it’s just hard for them to go vegan at home, so once they move out and have the freedom to choose what they eat they often times make the decision to go vegan.

However, eating a plant based diet can be very challenging in college and/or university. Especially if you are living in a dorm without a kitchen, which many students do.

Hopefully this post will give you some tips on how to stay or go vegan in college and/or university without a kitchen.

The first big tip is to get a mini fridge because all you have to do is plug it in and outlet in your dorm.

Some other appliances that would help would be a blender or food processor to make smoothies and also a rice cooker.

Both are amazing appliance essentials because all you need is an outlet.

Rice cookers work well because you can usually also steam vegetables, boil potatoes and/or pasta in the cooker.

Therefore, the best appliances to invest in would be: a miniature fridge like this one featured in the image below:

vegan in college

I found this one on Amazon for under $100:

Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator with Neon Markers, 3.2 cu. ft., Black

Also a blender (like NutriBullet) or food processor, and a rice cooker.

I have even seen portable single cooktop burners that you can just plug in to an outlet just like this one, HERE.

Now…..what foods do you eat when you want to be vegan in college?

What do you buy?

Well, you can buy things such as rice, quinoa and potatoes to make in the rice cooker.

You can also make a different bean soups in the cooker as well.

You could cook oatmeal using an electric kettle to boil the water or even boil water in a pot on a single portable burner.

Oh the possibilities… can even make ice tea in your electric kettle and/or portable burner. 

You could also make some quick foods that don’t need any appliances such as sandwiches.

Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter and jam sandwiches are quick and easy.

Having apples, bananas, and oranges in your room as snacks are great too.

Granola bars such as vegan Nugo or Vega bars can be life savers on the run.

Even if you only have a fridge, you can store almond milk in there and then have a vegan cereal for breakfast. With a simple recipe you could also make overnights oats.

If you have a cafeteria at your school, definitely check out the options. Cafeterias usually have a salad bar, and some of them even have items such as rice, beans, and tofu. Usually they have fruit there as well.

Grab some rice and bowl full of vegetables and mix those items all together and you have a healthy vegan bowl.  Just make sure the cafeteria chefs didn’t add butter.

If your cafeteria doesn’t offer much, do not be afraid to talk to the chefs about other options. It is their job to provide for people, and many schools are happy to offer more vegan options once they are asked to.

It might seem overwhelming to be vegan in college an/or a university, but it’s really not.

The first couple weeks might be difficult when you are adjusting and trying to figure things out, but soon it will become second nature to you once you find some of your favorite vegan food you enjoy eating on a regular basis. 

Finally just doing a quick search on Amazon here are some books I found that will help to stay vegan in college:

Rice Cooker Recipes – 50+ VEGAN RICE COOKER RECIPES

PETA’S Vegan College Cookbook: 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School

The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch

Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook: Over 135 Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Tasty Vegan Recipes

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I have a lot of links in here for you to reference and sincerely hope that helps.

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Megan & Michelle
Frisco, Texas

Hi my name is Megan & in the picture above is my mom, Michelle. We are a mother and daughter team. I'm 19 year old and we are, inspiring young and old around the world that Veganism is the way of life. Vegan for the animals, people and the environment. Compassion = Veganism

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