The start of the academic year is just around the corner, which means parents and students are already gearing up for the fall. When it comes to food, social platform Pinterest has a new report to help with ideas on what to prepare. Pinterest's 2017 Back to School Report spotlights the top trends for both kids and adults.
The five food trends for college-bound students are, not surprisingly, survival tips for living away from home like a DIY coffee bar, vending machine hacks to turn junk fare into something more, and microwave omelettes.
- Coffee bar: You can walk to a coffee shop and spend $5 on a cup of joe or you can take the cheaper route by building your own coffee bar in your room. You save money and you don't need to make a trek for an overpriced caffeine fix.
- Vending machine hacks: Vending machine snacks are easy to access and relatively affordable. And, with the right ideas, you can turn these junk snacks into more impressive food.
- Omelette in a mug: Gone are the days when you need a pan, stove and utensils to make an omelette. All you really need is a microwave and a mug to zap eggs into a tasty omelette. When it comes to college food hacks, this one is a winner.
- Easy one-pot recipes: Most college students don't have a kitchen, so one-pot recipes are a must. Stockpiling some quick recipes can save the day when you don't want to eat out and need to whip up a quick meal.
- Healthy comfort food: Step away from the oily, greasy food with some healthier options like quinoa mac and cheese and baked buffalo cauliflower.
For parents looking for inspiration, the report has some unique trends. Breakfast ideas include egg muffin cups, energy balls and yogurt bark. Lunch ideas that are gaining popularity are lunch kebabs, lunch-in-a-pocket dishes like taco Pop-Tarts and PB&J Uncrustables, and the pizzadilla, a healthier take on pizza.