Pro Tips for Eating Healthy in the Dorms – In the Most Inexpensive Way

One of the first things people will warn you about when you start college is the “freshman 15.” It’s added weight that you will put on from eating unhealthy foods in the dining halls and also eating cheap fast food in the area. You can get everything from waffles to grilled cheese to pizza in an abundant supply at your campus, and those three large meals a day can definitely add inches to your waistline. You also may start to feel more tired and sluggish from the poor food choices you’re making.

It’s even more stressful to stay fit and healthy when you’re overwhelmed by not just school, but your responsibilities as a fraternity or sorority member. How do you keep up the energy, eat healthier, manage with a tight budget, and save time when preparing meals for yourself?

Here are some tips for how to eat healthier when you’re living in the dorms in the most inexpensive way — it might inspire you to save some money and cancel your meal plan.

Rice Noodles Over Ramen

One of the staples for students in college is ramen noodles. But cheap 33 cent ramen noodle packets are not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. Try something different: look for rice noodles, which are similar to ramen noodles but much healthier. You can buy a pack of three (and stretch it to six) for a couple of dollars at the supermarket or a Whole Foods. Find seasoning packets and Pho broths that are lower in sodium and free from monosodium glutamate.

Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast is one of the most difficult meals to commit to when you’re a student in college. to make things easier and make sure that you have a healthy protein-rich breakfast, make little mini breakfast bowls that you can pop in the microwave. Crack a couple of eggs in a small microwavable bowl (spray the bowl with olive oil if you have it) and add a bit of kale or spinach. Heat for 1:45 minutes and add a bit of shredded cheese if you’d like. Choose a low sodium breakfast meat (preferably turkey bacon or sausage) and heat it up in the bowl as well. Grab it along with a fork and go!

Mini Casserole Meals

One of the benefits of being a single college student is that you only have to prepare meals for yourself. Your local dollar store sells small circular baking pans that are perfect for creating one serving meals that can stretch to 2 servings. Here are a few ideas for what to put in your small pan to bake on 375 for about 20-45 minutes:

  • Chicken drumsticks (they cost about $2 per pack) and chopped onions (season everything with salt, pepper, and garlic powder).
  • Lasagna bake (one pack of oven ready lasagna for $3 will last you for over a month). Get an 8-ounce pack of mozzarella (about $2) and a jar of tomato sauce from the dollar store. Add a little spinach between the layers to make it healthier.
  • Roasted vegetable medley (for vegans). You can either buy a package of pre-chopped veggies for a few dollars (look for ones that are on manager’s special for a discount). Or get a head of broccoli, a bag of carrots, and snap peas or green beans. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper before roasting.

 

Salad Bar Runs

You can get a lot of ingredients to keep in the fridge at your dorm from salad bars and only spend a few dollars at a time. These ingredients can help you put easy and tasty meals together. If you’re lucky enough to have a healthy and clean salad bar in your area, visit every few days to get these items and more:

  • Shredded cheese that you can sprinkle on things
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Chicken breast slices for salads
  • Turkey
  • Tomato slices

Word to the Wise: Invest in an Air Fryer

Many modern college dorms have stoves and ovens, but some do not. Even if you do have an oven or stove, you probably don’t have a lot of time to crank them up, cook, then clean up between studying and going to sorority or fraternity meetings.

You might hear angelic music playing when you finally get an air fryer for your dorm room. It’s a portable kitchen tool that “fries” and bakes things in about 15 minutes. There is no need for unhealthy oils. You just put your food inside, set it, go back to studying, and come back when you’re ready to eat. A small one costs about $60 and it’s worth every penny. Ask your parents for one for your birthday!

These pro tips for eating healthy in the dorms will change your college life — and your waistline — for the better. And best of all, you can make better daily food choices inexpensively by getting a little creative.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Keep Yourself Looking Fresh During Recruitment

If there’s one thing you’ve probably learned by now as a college student (and also a member of the Greek community), it’s that appearances matter. People, especially potential new members, are always checking you and your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers out on campus, whether you’re eating together in the dining hall or hanging out on the yard. They want to know what’s in style at the moment, and how they can look good too.

This is especially true when recruitment time rolls around. Potentials want to be a part of the coolest and best dressed sorority or fraternity on campus. Here are some ideas for how you can keep yourself looking fresh during recruitment with clothing, shirts, and accessories from Greek Gear.

A New White Tee, Every Day of the Week

You just can’t go wrong with a fresh new white Greek t-shirt (short or long-sleeved) that’s never been worn before. Get one for every day of recruitment week or season with great deals from Greek Gear. A basic Greek lettered tee is always a must have, and you can have the letters printed in multiple different colors when you order it here. To get potential recruits familiar with the history of your organization, wear an old school classic T-shirt during rush season, which you can get for around 10 bucks. Everyone in your chapter should have a white Sorority Love Life T-Shirt. You can easily stock up on fresh white tees for every day of recruitment season and still have cash left over for pizza!

Crisp, Collared Shirts

As a leader in your chapter, your group members are going to look to you to be a beacon of leadership and guidance. Look fresh and ready for anything when you’re leading panels, forms, and community service initiatives in collared shirts and no-wrinkle slacks or skirts. Greek Gear’s collared shirts, including polos, oxfords, and button downs are fine to wear with or without a jacket or blazer. They have a relaxed fit, but are also appropriately formal in appearance to show that you care about making a positive impression in front of a group of people.

Accessories Will Always Matter

People have a tendency to pay a lot of attention to minor details, like the accessories you wear. For example, the Sorority Tassel Gold Key Chain can be added to your keys or the bag you carry to school. When was the last time you treated yourself to a nice new piece of jewelry? Wear Greek-themed silver or gold jewelry to your upcoming recruitment events.

And be sure to schedule a group trip with your sorority sisters to the nail salon before recruitment week so that you’ll all have freshly manicured and painted nails—you can bet that the potentials will definitely notice those details!

Get in “Your Bag”

You can’t look and feel fresh every day on campus during recruitment season when you’re carrying the same ragged, torn bag around that you’ve had for years. Get a freshly made new one that is sim-stitched or imprinted with your sorority or fraternity Greek letters, mascot, or symbol. You can get one that’s predesigned or use the Greek Gear design your own tool from a laptop browser.

There are so many ways that you can keep yourself looking fresh during recruitment this year. Start with these simple ideas and explore the full Greek Gear catalog for more paraphernalia that will have you and your chapter bros or sisters looking on point this upcoming semester.

10 Adorable Big Little Gift Ideas For Your Sorority Sister

Do you like to sit back and reminisce about your freshman year of college? You may have been so scared back then, but found that your sorority sisters were always there for you. Your big may have really helped you get through your first college heart-break or your first finals week.

Now that your freshman year has come to a close, you may be looking forward to the chance of being someone else’s big sister. While there’s a lot that comes with that title, gift-giving is one of the most fun parts.

There are tons of adorable big little gift ideas that you can use to truly welcome your new little into the sorority. Whether you choose to buy a gift or go DIY, there’s no shortage of ideas!

Do you want to know what we’re talking about? Keep reading to discover 10 adorable big little gift ideas for your sorority sister.

1. T-Shirt

You can never have enough t-shirts, right?

Colorful sorority t-shirts will be a comfortable and cute option for your little to throw on before her 8 AM lecture.

But they’re also great to wear around campus, so she can show just how proud she is to be wearing your sorority’s letters. The best part is that if every big gets their little a letter shirt, you’ll have the chance to take tons of adorable group photos.

While perfectly matching shirts are cute, it’s a little more unique for everyone to have a slightly different shirt. This way, you can really showcase how you’re all different people that are part of the same group.

2. Sweater

You may not be thinking of the harsh winter ahead while you’re walking around campus in shorts. But, winter will come around eventually. When it does, your little will be thankful that she has a warm sweater to take the place of her t-shirt.

Fleece jackets can also be a good option to keep her warm and stylish as she walks across campus this fall and winter.

3. College Survival Kit

Let’s not forget that your little is brand new to college. The best big little basket idea is DIY a college survival kit. You’ve been there through the tough adjustment periods of freshman year. You know what the hardest things to overcome were.

So, help your new sorority sister out with one of the best gifts for littles. Fill up a basket with everything she might need to get through her freshman year.

Some things to include are stationary for all the reminder notes she’ll need to write for herself, earplugs to drown out her loud dorm neighbors, and earbuds for when she inevitably loses the pair she brought.

4. Wall Decor

You may remember that decorating your freshman year dorm was one of the most exciting parts of starting the year. However, it can get quite pricey finding cute decor to fill up your bland walls.

That’s why one of the cutest big little gift ideas is to give her something to hang on her walls. Painted Greek letters and paddles are a great way she can truly feel like part of the sorority, even when she’s alone cramming for her first big biology test.

5. Stuffed Animal

But the best gifts for littles don’t have to hang on the wall. A nice stuffed animal is a cute way she can decorate her room if she’s out of wall space.

But don’t just give her any stuffed animal. Get either the school’s mascot or find out what her favorite animal is. Then get a plain t-shirt (either for an infant or a large doll) and paint your Greek letters on it!

6. Cozy Blanket

We all know how chilly it can get in the dorm rooms. Your little may have only brought a comforter thinking it would be enough – but boy, will she be in for a surprise.

One of the most useful big little gifts is to give you new sister is a cozy blanket. She may need it for extra warmth during the night, or to use it while she’s sitting at her desk.

Just be sure to give her one with tons of fun colors to help brighten up her bland dorm room.

7. Wine Glass

You’ll still have plenty of gift-giving occasions throughout the next three years (or four if you become a super senior). A great way to celebrate your little’s 21st birthday is by gifting her a wine glass!

Of course, you can add your Greek letters. But, by this point, you’ll also know your little a lot better than you did her freshman year.

You can customize this to better fit her personality by including her favorite colors or prints. Just make sure you follow the right steps to paint her wine glass to ensure it stands the test of time.

8. Reusable Water Bottle

If your little has a long way to go before she’s 21 – don’t worry! There are tons of other big little gift ideas.

A reusable water bottle is a great and useful gift for anyone. Plastic water bottles are expensive (especially when you’re on a tight college-girl budget) and going out of your way to find a water fountain can be a hassle.

Pretty soon she’ll realize this and be thankful that she has a convenient water bottle that she can take anywhere.

9. Picture Frame

Your little will make tons of unforgettable friends and amazing memories throughout her college years. As her sorority sisters begin to graduate, she’ll want a way to look back at her freshman year where it all started.

That’s why picture frames are great big little gift ideas. She can always swap out pictures as she wishes (after all she’ll have millions to choose from), but she’ll always remember where the picture frame came from.

10. Badge Box

Getting your sorority badge (or pin) is one of the most exciting moments for new sorority sisters as it marks when they officially joined their new family.

But, let’s face it, those badges are so small and easy to lose. Especially since your new little will be moving four times a year!

Give her a cute place to store her badge along with any other small sorority memorabilia. There are tons of big little gift ideas for badge boxes. You can buy beautiful ones online or make your own with some paint and ribbon.

The Best Big Little Gift Ideas

Gift-giving can be one of the most fun parts of being in a sorority. It offers you the chance to welcome your new little to the family and express your creativity and DIY skills.

What are some good gifs for littles that she’ll actually use? Well, some the best big little gift ideas include t-shirts, sweaters, college survival kits, wall decor, and stuffed animals.

Did you like this article? Check out our blog for more great posts like this one!

Summertime Greek Life Checklist

1.  Stay connected to sisters/brothers though social media.

Check-in on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Snapchat to see what your sisters/brothers have done with their summer. When you stay connected to your campus family through the summer, you will feel better acquainted and able to pick up conversations easier in the Fall.

  1. Hang out with the people who live close to you and experience each other’s 6359176882095207691463940799_53925-Home-Is-Where-The-Heart-Ishometown favorites.

            Share the love! It is fun to share hometown traditions and reminisce ab

out the past to college friends. Before you leave home, be sure to visit a friend in their hometown and ask someone to come visit you!

 

 

  1. Shop for new clothes while they are on sale

            Many stores are currently having back to school sales. Take advantage of this and stock upon formal-wear, rush clothes, and essential accessories!

  1. Budget

            Set a budget for the chapter dues that will be coming your way in the Fall. Make sure you have enough money for Big/little gifts and any other fun expenses.

  1. Make goals for yourself, your chapter, and your school year

           Whether one admits it or not, goals keep people on track! Fall goals add excitement to the summer and give you direction when the busy semester starts.

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Travel Tips

Whether you are staying close to home or venturing far across the oceans, we would like you to be prepared to travel with ease and enjoyment. Here are a few tips to keep things affordable and fun!

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Before you leave:

  • Read Traveler Reviews
  • Pack comfortable walking shoes
  • Pack light (you can always do laundry and buy new clothes when you arrive)
  • Email or print your itinerary (if you don’t have one, make one!) This will have:
    • hotel information, phone numbers, attractions, and transportation info.
  • Add your destination’s weather to the weather app
  • Roll, don’t fold clothes- prevents most wrinkles and saves space

 

 

Flying?

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  • Look over TSA guidelines before packing and make sure you are adhering to the luggage guidelines of the airline.
  • If possible, check-in as soon as you can to get the best boarding time
  • Pack hand sanitizer and use it after touching your seat and accessories.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Copy of your passport in case you lose it
  • Pack extra zip lock bags
  • Never check-on essential items
    • (Passport, keys, credit card, ID)

While Traveling

  • Pack snacks! Snacking allows for less stops for food and is more affordable if prepared beforehand rather than bought at a gas station.
  • Wear layered clothes while traveling so that the difference in temperature from place to place doesn’t catch you by surprise.

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Once you arrive…

  • Find a local grocery store and buy food. This method is usually a lot more cost effective than eating out.
  • First thing you should do is pull back the sheets and look for traces of bedbugs. Never put your bag on the bed but put is on something elevated. Avoid puttingclothes into the dresser drawers.
  • If abroad, instead of calling friends/family back home. Use FaceTime or FaceTime audio when you have wifi.
  • Use Apps to help pass the time and to find more resources for maps, reviews, and travel guides.

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We wish you safe travels and fun-filled adventures!

~The Greek Gear Team

Get Ready for Graduation!

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You did it! You survived the all-nighters, the rushed last minute papers, the caffeine dependent days, and the occasional freak outs about the ability to graduate. All along the way, you enjoyed developing life-long relationships with a greek family, dressing up for formals, and going on adventures with friends. Now is the time to begin preparing for goodbyes and hellos, the end of one chapter, and the beginning of a new and exciting time of life.

Grad Gifts: Give your sisters/brothers some chapter memorabilia to remember all the good times. Show them how valuable your friendship is, right now and beyond.

 

 

 

Get Creative: Decorate your cap as a de-stress activity before a busy finals week. Here are some ideas to get you started

 
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Graduation Day Necessities: Make sure your chapter has ordered honor cords and stoles to honor and recognize you and your fellow brothers/sisters who made a difference in the group.

 

 

Now you may feel little more prepared for the big day! Be sure to treasure every moment you have left and to capture many pictures of this exciting time while you can.

Congratulations!

~The Greek Gear Team

Valentines Date Night Ideas

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Are you tired of going on the same type of dates? The usual movie, dinner, and ice cream are getting old and you need some fresh ideas! We’ve got you covered!

Whipped Cream fight

Go outside on a plastic table cloth and fire away!

Drive-In movie

Feel like Danny and Sandy on an old-fashioned adventure.

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Re-create your first date

Outfits, conversations, and location, flash back to the very first date!

Cook something exotic together

Find some old cookbooks or odd Pinterest boards, go to the grocery store, and bust out the aprons.

Take a dance class

Find a studio that teaches ballroom dancing, Zumba, salsa, or some other type of dance that will get you up and moving!

Go on a scavenger hunt

Start by thinking of the significant places in your lives. Write clues about those places in creative ways. Hide the clues and watch your significant other struggle on their hunt

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Take a hike

There is something calming about being around natural beauty. Get your adrenaline pumping and your camera ready!

~The Greek Gear team