I'm the same way. When I'm not visiting home over breaks, I have to cook for myself, have an apartment to keep up, and am a full time, double-majoring student who still wants some social life. I hate the clean-up time that cooking requires, so I tend to not eat very much, plus what I do cook is pretty healthy (whole grain rice, steamed veggies, eggs, milk, oatmeal). I hate cooking meat, and I hate cheap meat, so I sub protein powder for meat (not something I'd recommend to everybody). I often struggle to get my calories in because I naturally eat low-fat.
One thing that helps is to drink milk. Many people swear you should "never" drink your calories, but to me, nonfat milk is an exception. It has 40% of it's calories from protein, about 30% of your daily calcium per 8 oz glass, and tons of potassium- more than a banana per calorie. Potassium is the "other side of the blood pressure story." You know how everybody seems obsessed with lowering their sodium intake? Well... potassium deficiencies are actually pretty common. I struggle to reach my daily amount when I eat mega healthy! So, adding in 3 glasses of milk (24 fl oz) means: +250 calories, +25 g protein, +90% DV Calcium, and +1,200mg potassium (about 1/3 of the daily needed).
Another thing that helps: peanut butter or almonds. When you cook some meat dishes, add in half an ounce of almonds. They taste amazing and are full of heart-healthy fats. I also just eat them raw in between my classes, but I like to eat something every 2 hrs (I prefer mini-meals, but that's just me).
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|130 Days since: Binging/Restricting