For newly inaugurated Wesleyan freshmen, the dining options at Usdan and Summerfields are a relief compared to other college cafeterias. Not only do we have selections that look fit for human consumption (unlike the horror stories you may have heard regarding the cuisine at other universities), many would say that the food on campus is actually pretty good. Out of over 2,000 four-year institutions, Wesleyan was even ranked as Civil Eats’ 39th best college for food in America in 2014.
We are extremely lucky to have such an incredible dining program at Wesleyan. However, the reality is that we’re busy college students who constantly need a source of fuel, but we often don’t have the time to sit down to a meal at either of our two campus dining halls.
So, what do you do if you need a quick bite in between classes (or if you have excess meal points to spend)? If you’re like me, you’ll head over to Weshop ahead of time to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables and force your friend to make you a kick-ass green smoothie in her brand-new Nutribullet.
Once your fridge is stocked with ingredients, throwing it all in a blender takes only a couple of minutes. Though some might be turned off by the concept of a veggie-based drink, green smoothies are a great way to get the benefits of a full meal when you’re especially pressed for time. If you are truly averse to the taste of liquefied vegetables, adding sweet fruits like berries or pineapple can help you make a smoother smoothie transition.
And if you don’t have a blender accessible to you, it would be in your best interest to befriend someone who does. Trust me
Dorm Room Smoothie: Green Edition
(recipe by Courtney Laermer ’17)
2 handfuls of kale (buy previously washed)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp. tomato juice (optional)
1. Cut avocado in half. Remove pit and skin and place one half in blender.
2. Place kale in blender.
3. Peel banana. Cut in two and place one half in blender.
4. Pour water or almond milk in blender.
5. Place any additional ingredients of your choice in blender.
8. Be thankful for all the time (and meal swipes) you will inevitably save. Yes, it’s really that easy.