What Are Your Kids in College Eating? Couch pizza, convenience store chili dogs, and every kind of fast food imaginable, such as fried chicken that’s more “fried” than chicken, roast beef sandwiches with enough beef to choke a starving tiger, and 1,000 calorie milk shakes…that’s the most likely answer.
But wait! There’s more. A recent survey found the most common dorm foods included: instant Ramen noodles, candy, instant mac & cheese, cereal, chips and microwave popcorn…and that doesn’t even include the beverages consumed like soda, those ubiquitous energy drinks and potent potables (I’m a huge Jeopardy! Fan…I’m geeky that way).
Needless to say, the above paragraph does not convey an image of nutritious eating. But let’s take a closer look at the nutritional content of some of the above- mentioned items.
Ramen Noodles: Each package of this dried soup stock and noodles contains about, depending upon your delicious flavor selection, 380 calories, 7 grams of fat, 790 milligrams of sodium (or 33% of your recommended daily allowance), 26 grams of carbs and two flavor enhancers known as disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate. On the bright side it does contain 8% of your rda of iron.
Microwave popcorn: A standard bag of inflatable popcorn…sidebar (I was pre-law in college for a month): remember jiffy pop and watching that silver foil magically expand on your stove top, in the era before microwaves, as the popcorn, well, popped?…and then being heartbroken when you realized it was burned? Good times. Anyway, a bag of nukeable popcorn has roughly 465 calories, 26 grams of fat (or 40% of your rda and some bags contain trans fat which is terrible for you), 665 milligrams of sodium (28% of your rda), and 50 grams of carbs. The positive: 342 milligrams of potassium, 9 grams of fiber (it is corn, alter all) and 10% of your rda for iron.
Arby’s Classic Roast Beef Sandwich: Yeah, this place has the meat alright. I decided to list the “classic” rather than the ginormous Half Pound Beef and Cheddar or the Mount Italy Sandwich to be kind. So, this average-sized sandwich has 370 calories, 14 grams of fat (to include 5 grams of saturated fat and .5 gram of trans fat), 50 milligrams of cholesterol, and a whopping 1,150 milligrams of sodium. And if you’re looking for protein, this is for you as it contains 23 grams.
Three pieces of KFC original recipe chicken: Ok, I’ve got to admit that this one even surprised me and I tend to pride myself about knowing nutritional information. One breast, thigh, and drumstick combines for 800 calories, 48 grams of fat, a massive 275 grams of cholesterol (92% of your rda), and an even more massive 2,530 milligrams of sodium (or 105% of your rda).
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the items listed above are the nutritional items they lack. Where are the vitamins and minerals? Where are the antioxidants? Where are the things that grow on trees, vines or in the ground? You know where you can get those things for your nutritionally starved college student? Yeah, you saw this one coming…MagicKitchen.com of course. Wouldn’t it be nice if your kids in college ate healthy once a week or so? Damn straight, it would be nice, for them and you! And the food is so good, they’d totally forget that it’s good for them as well. As always, we’ll deliver to just about any address, be it a dorm, apartment, frat, sorority or commune. After all, a parent’s job never ends, even after they leave the nest.