Oct 21

The Clean Food College Dorm Room

When I was in college struggling to lower my cholesterol on dining hall food, I moved off campus to an apartment with a kitchen, started teaching myself how to cook, and began this clean food journey. When my daughter went off to college last year, history repeated itself. Off she went with coconut water and chia seeds, a blender, and a mini-fridge. When she called thrilled to have bought kale at a farmers market, I thought we were set. Three months later, when she announced “there’s no love in the food here,” I knew we had a ways to go.

It took time and creative thinking, but by the end of her first year, she was eating clean and was confident she could help me lead a college dorm room cooking class. When we sat down to put our minds together in the same room (not hundreds of miles apart), we yielded far more than we ever imagined. Tons of recipe ideas, pantry suggestions, and perspective to inspire any college student to create healthy meals using nothing more than a small kitchen knife, a blender and hot water!

Our goal was to keep it simple and healthy. Our restrictions were realistic – minimize the need for utensils, appliances, fresh food, and most importantly, clean up. And our most involved recipes required boiling water (made possible by a roommate’s Keurig) and a blender (we used a NutriBullet).

We started with smoothies, but quickly moved on to dips, bowls, bars and even parfaits. We deconstructed one clean food recipe at a time, placing individual ingredients in a bowl or jar, adding dressing and making them perfect to enjoy in one’s dorm room or on the go. And we used a NutriBullet as a food processor for small quantities of nuts, seeds and dried fruit to make energy bars and more. So… what were some of our favorites?


Made in the NutriBullet with a can of drained beans,
a squeeze of lemon or lime, hot sauce, salt and pepper. | Perfect for
dipping carrot sticks, pepper strips, or chips. Spread it on a sandwich,
or put it in a bowl or tortilla with salsa, chopped avocado, frozen corn
and pumpkin seeds.


Made in the NutriBullet with nuts and seeds of choice,
dried fruit, maple syrup or honey to sweeten, and enough nut butter
to make everything stick together. Remove from blender, roll into balls
and store in fridge.


Here’s what we think you’ll need to make this deliciousness happen in YOUR dorm room (or your favorite student’s!):

The Basic Dorm Room Kitchen

  • NutriBullet or other high-powered blender
  • Hot water heater (a Keurig will work!)
  • Single-serving bowl
  • Single-serving plate
  • Glass storage containers in small and medium sizesPint-size ball jars (for eating and drinking out of as well as for storage)
  • Insulated travel mug
  • Stainless steel or glass water bottle
  • Flatware (place-setting for 2)
  • Large silicone spoon or scooped spatula
  • Small hand-grater
  • Small paring knife
  • Small cutting board
  • Wood chopsticks (for stirring and using as utensils)
  • Paper straws
  • Pitcher with water filter
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Dish towels

Gift your favorite college student a “Blessing Basket” to support their good health. These make fun storage for a dorm-room kitchen, and they help communities around the world to plant crops, improve nutrition, educate children and reduce poverty!


In the end, we realized that the recipes we created had appeal far beyond the college dorm room, as everyone needs and appreciated quick, easy and nutritious recipes to…

…eat clean and live well!

Terry Walters



  1. Posted October 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted November 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I really love this! Empowering young adults to eat health supportive foods through their college years! Great work you are doing.

  3. Posted November 10, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Rachel! Eat clean live well! Terry

  4. Posted May 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Great ideas. Make me want to do college all over again!

  5. Posted May 29, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Thanks mom. ; )

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