Photo by Nita-Rose Evans.
Photo by Nita-Rose Evans.
Photo by Nita-Rose Evans.
Photo by Nita-Rose Evans.

So, it’s that time of the school year again: the beginning of the quarter. Hello to buying books and rushing from class to class, feeling generally overwhelmed and overstimulated, not to mention exhausted.

It comes as no surprise then, that when you’re coming out of the bookstore hating everything because of the emptiness of your wallet, you’re looking for a quick, cheap fix for the hunger in your stomach.

For most students this means a bag of chips and a couple pieces of pizza, and maybe even a cookie for dessert. When you’re walking right past Joe’s Pizza & Subs with a bunch of Flexis that your parents are paying for anyway, it seems like a good idea. I’ve done it too, believe me. But there are cheaper, healthier alternatives than this, available right on campus!

I’m talking about rice. Brown rice, to be specific.

It’s the staple food for most every Kresge kid/health nut/exercise buff college student, and for good reason. It’s the best bang-for-your-buck kind of food, not to mention contains enormous amounts of vitamins, namely B vitamins for energy. Its also made of complex carbohydrates so it takes a while to release that energy, giving you more time to enjoy yourself — or rush from class to class — without feeling exhausted and ready to drop out.

Compared to jasmine or white rice, brown rice has more protein and fewer carbohydrates for the same amount of calories per serving. So it’s a great choice if you’re looking to lose some weight, especially since you can eat less and still feel full. This also happens to be great for your wallet.

You can buy brown rice from the Kresge Co-op, Banana Joe’s, and a couple other places on campus — on your Flexis if you have them — or you can take a quick trip downtown and stock up on bags of it. The price of your meal will be less than $2 guaranteed. And don’t worry if you live in the dorms and only have access to the rec-room microwave. You can buy instant bowls for instant gratification.

Brown rice is vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free, making it one of the most friendly foods on the face of the earth, but if you aren’t into the taste you can always mix and match with some good recipes to make your meal taste great.

Hello, good eats for a good price. My name is college student.


Mexican Cinnamon Rice [RecipeZaar]
Vegetable Fried Rice [RecipeZaar]