Hot Logic makes perfect sense for the health and budget minded student.
Nourishing yourself is not an easy task for a college student. Hot meals, especially, are not always easy to come by, ergo the dreaded ‘Freshman Fifteen’. In my experience, the main meal time deterrents boil down to a lack of time and space. Luckily, the Hot Logic lunch box can fix both of these issues.
I was recently asked to try the Hot Logic lunchbox, which is essentially a portable hot plate embedded in an insulated lunchbox that allows you to enjoy the comfort of a hot meal on the go. Hot Logic is convenient and cost-effective, so as I head back to university, I knew this could soon become one of my most used appliances during my busy semesters back at college.
Time is every college student’s biggest hurdle. Our days are carefully planned to fit our plethora of responsibilities and engagements: Classes, jobs, internships, club meetings, group projects, [much needed] power naps, and more. I can tell you from experience, attempting to sync up your schedule with the dining hall’s [very limited] operating hours is nearly impossible. With the Hot Logic lunch box, the dining hall is no longer the only place you can get a hot meal. You can heat leftovers, make various slow-cooked dishes, or prepare microwaveable meals from the comfort of your dorm, job, or even car at any hour of the day.
Not to mention, many traditional dorms do not have kitchens; if they do, there is usually one kitchenette that an entire floor or suite is expected to share. Sometimes, I have skipped the meal altogether because it is often more frustrating to attempt to cook in a kitchen the size of a shoe box at the same time as two or three other people. The Hot Logic lunch box acts as a mobile kitchen; all you need is an electrical outlet. No more waiting in line to reheat yesterday’s Chinese food or boil some late-night ramen noodles.
If you’re like me and try to keep your diet as clean and budget-friendly as possible, I recommend using your Hot Logic to heat up leftovers for lunch when you don’t have time to hit the dining hall. Just because your meal is “on-the-go” does not mean it has to be unhealthy.
Here is one of my go-to recipes during the school year. I typically prepare it on Sundays and heat up leftovers for lunch at work for the rest of the week!
How do you or your college student eat healthy with a jam packed schedule?
Simple & Healthy Ground Turkey Lettuce Wrap Recipe
– Ground Turkey Breast (1 lb.)
– Taco Seasoning (1 packet)
– Garlic Powder (1 tbsp.)
– Salt (1 tsp.)
– Cilantro (1 bunch)
– Tomato (1)
– Yellow Onion (1)
– Boston Lettuce (1 head)
– Quinoa (1 cup)
– Shredded Cheese (8 oz. bag)
Step 1: The Prep
Dice the tomato and onion. Place each in separate bowls, cover, and store in the refrigerator. Then, finely chop the cilantro. Combine cilantro, garlic powder, salt, and taco seasoning in a small bowl. Mix spices together well and place off to the side.
Step 2: The Quinoa
Combine 1 cup of quinoa in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to a vigorous boil; then immediately cover and simmer until water is completely absorbed.
While the quinoa is simmering, begin the next step.
Step 3: The Ground Turkey
Lightly coat the bottom of a medium sized pan with canola oil and add ground turkey breast. Pour the prepared spice mixture on top of the meat. Cook on medium heat uncovered, stirring frequently until cooked through. Remove from burner and cover with a lid to keep warm and prevent drying.
Step 4: Serving Instructions
Combine desired amounts of meat, quinoa, tomato, onion, and shredded cheese in a bowl; mix contents. Rip off a leaf from the head of Boston Lettuce and place a spoonful of the mixture onto the center of the leaf. Fold like a soft taco and enjoy!
Kaelyn Mostafa is the public relations manager and travel/lifestyle editor at midLIFE road TRIP. Kaelyn began working with midLIFE road TRIP in 2016 as a correspondent, recounting her travels in locations throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.