The “Freshman Fifteen” may be a slight exaggeration, but a recent study published in Nutrition Journal found that one out of four college students gains ten pounds during the first semester of college. Prevent unwanted weight gain during college or any other season of life by being aware of your calorie intake and making healthy choices.
Armed with nothing but a mini fridge and a microwave, healthy eating in a dorm room can be a challenge. Try something a little out-of-the-box and use your iron to make “grilled” cheese. Traditional grilled cheese can be both a comfort food and a calorie bomb. Substitute flavorful goat cheese, which has 80 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving, compared to 100 calories and 10 grams of fat in most cow’s milk cheeses. Plus goat cheese is high in calcium for building strong bones, which is essential during the college years. Skip the butter on the bread to reduce calories and saturated fat from the traditional version, and enjoy this clean, lighter sandwich you can make with a few tools you probably have in your dorm room.
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 oz goat cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup fresh baby spinach or arugula
- Heat iron to hottest setting.
- Place a clean towel on an ironing board or flat surface.
- Place a large piece of aluminum foil or wax paper on towel.
- Spread cheese over 1 slice of bread. Top with strawberries; drizzle vinegar over strawberries. Top with spinach and remaining slice of bread.
- Fold foil or wax paper over sandwich to cover both sides.
- Place hot iron on top of sandwich; cook 1 minute.
- Flip sandwich, and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.
**Thanks to our partner, The Gracious Pantry, for letting us use her image from when she made this recipe.