WIAW: Dorm and Dining Hall

Why hello there!

I’m seriously going to be so excited whenever I manage to get a post up while I’m in school. Keep in mind that I’m writing these while classes have not even started yet…

Anyway, I have FOOD for you all today! Lots of it. I’ve always been interested in seeing what people eat in college (especially the food at UCLA, where Julianna goes), because there’s the infamous “Freshman 15” that creeps up in the back of everyone’s mind. I can see how that could happen quickly because all of a sudden, there are all these food choices around you in the dining hall, and it’s tempting to want ALL OF IT. Not to mention the free pizza that’s at every social event.

I think I’m quite fortunate to be at Boston University, where there are so many healthy options beyond the salad bar. The Sargent College of Health and Rehab Sciences (my college within BU!) has a food program called Sargent Choice, which just ensures the availability of healthy, wholesome meal choices. They’re so delicious too! {Not as good as your food though, mama.}

Alright, onto the noshes. Here are some of my eats from the past week!


Joining Jenn‘s world wide food party!


dorm breakfast

In dorm: multigrain bread with sunflower seed butter and banana + apple with peanut butter

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In dorm: oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, jam, and half a banana

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In dining hall: cottage cheese with natural peanut butter (!!!), jam, and a sliced banana


In dining hall: oatmeal with cinnamon, jam, peanut butter, and half a banana + cottage cheese, strawberry yogurt, Sargent Choice granola (that I accidentally dumped in there…oh well!), and the other half of the banana + a chat with God 🙂

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In dining hall: whole wheat French toast (basically, the answer to my prayers) with peanut butter and banana + scrambled eggs with ketchup + glass o’ milk


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FYSOP lunch every day: huge turkey, muenster, lettuce, tomato sandwich + kettle cooked potato chips + an unpictured chocolate chip cookie 😀

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In the fancier dining hall: seafood stew (really tasty!) with naan + salad

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Restaurant with family: I shared bites of yen ta fo soup, shrimp pad thai, papaya salad, and basil pork. Mostly shrimp pad thai and papaya salad!

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In dining hall: salad with cowboy caviar, feta, and a hard boiled egg + black bean burger on whole wheat with some fancy pico on the side

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In an on-campus food court: eel-cucumber-avocado-brown rice sushi


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Lots of apples (with and without nut butter)


Handy snacks in my dorm room: Wheat Thins, sweet and salty peanuts, mixed nuts


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In the dining hall: Firecracker tofu + brown rice + veggies x2

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In the dining hall: Mexican rice with pastor chicken, salsa, and cilantro

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In dining hall: sweet chicken sandwich on whole wheat bun + salad with hummus and feta


Dinner with family on Labor Day: clay hot pots (mine was the eel one on top left)

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In dining hall: salad with hummus + grilled salmon with soba noodles (more like chow mein noodles)


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Ice cream social = free ice cream!! Vegan (soy) tahitian vanilla + strawberry added after this photo was taken

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Insomnia cookie! Oatmeal raisin. Not reallyyyyy worth the $1.50.

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In dining hall: plain yogurt + a dollop of strawberry yogurt + Sargent choice granola

And that’s a wrap! There were definitely more snacks in there, but I’m not going to take a picture of every banana I eat. For both of our sakes.

I hope to update you all on college life (since classes started yesterday) soon! I have a “Weekly Moves and Grooves” (aka weekly workouts) post in the works for ya too.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

So tell me:

What have you been snacking on lately?

Has there been a food you’ve tried just for the hype/experience? 


28 thoughts on “WIAW: Dorm and Dining Hall

    • We only have a micro-fridge (a microwave combined with a mini fridge/freezer; it’s the only appliance allowed in my dorm). Some colleges do have higher-scale rooms with suites and kitchens, but those are often for upperclassmen. I’m sure the college will ask if you have any specific dietary needs before you go!

  1. Mmmm. SO glad you found a place with such a delicious selection! I tried peanut-butter-maple-syrup coffee once but it was not near as good as I’d hoped. :p
    I wish you the best on your classes; I’m sure you’ll do great! 😀

  2. Now you’re making me wish that I went away for college! I went to school here in my hometown so I lived at home and never got to experience full dorm life — food and all. I guess it wasn’t ALL bad since I still had my mom’s cooking to go by, but still… 😛

  3. I had the freshman negative 15 because the food was so gross at my school! Honestly I think the freshman 15 happens to a lot of college kids cause they have never had to feed themselves and all of a sudden find themselves overwhelmed with all of the choices. You already know so much about nutrition and are so self-sufficient that I highly doubt that will be your experience!

  4. Wow what fab options you have at uni!
    Most universities in the UK are self catered so you have access to a kitchen. Sometimes good to cook for yourself, other times wish we had a food court! Think I would have ate better :-S

  5. girl, you’re making me drool over puddles of nut butter. and making me miss the days of freshly ground cashew almond butter in the dining hall.. haha. but hayyy you have sushi at a togo place?! pretty freakin great.

    hope the settling in is going well!

  6. Woweeeee! Good food overload🙌😳🙈
    Side note: I’ve never seen anyone cover an apple in pb like that! Genius! Ensures the entire circumference of the apple has pb🙌😂👍👍
    Have a great rest of the week and look forward to hearing more about Boston life!!!

  7. OMG your dining hall food looks better than my “home” food!!! So delicious, especially dat oatmeal. That ice cream sounds delicious!!!!

    I am so happy you’re having such a good time at college!!!! So happy for you! 🙂 🙂

  8. My future college better have food as good as this!! Love all the healthy options. I’m excited for “weekly moves & grooves”! I want to start doing more weight stuff so I’mm come here for inspiration!

  9. I hear so many complaints about college cafeteria food, so I’m so pumped to see a positive post about dorm/dining hall eating! I have to admit that I’m considering BU now (not just because of this post lol!). It seems like such a great university! Also, apple and nut butter is a classic. I’ve been LOVING almond butter lately. I just can’t get enough of it on fruit! x

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  11. Wow, your dining hall has some awesome healthy options! There’s an Insomnia cookies near my school (UNC) too, and it IS delicious but ridiculously expensive! They take advantage of us poor underclassmen with no kitchens who crave warm cookies out of the oven 😉

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