I’m in a really bad situation for someone trying to gain weight (and I am very, very underweight, even for someone who doesn’t lift.)
I’m currently living in a college dorm. This means I have no access to a toaster, an oven, or a stove. There is only one sink on the floor we can really use for “cooking” but I don’t really have the space in my room or in the lounge for something even as basic as cutting vegetables (not to mention clean enough.)
There are some places to eat off campus, a subway, a dominoes, a chipotle, etc., but it’s a bit of a ride and during the rain and snow and such, so it’s not always practical, not to mention they’re not always open- and definitely not healthy. I mention this because every place on campus is closed by seven pm. Seven. I find this incredibly retarded. Combined with school itself, I’m typically restricted to only two meals during the day. I can usually cram in about 1700-2200 calories from that during the day, and then try to get in another thousand or so through snacks and such, but it’s hard to really keep my protein levels high doing this. I can get it up through, say, peanuts, but not only am I colossally sick of peanuts, but I’m sure they’re actively trying to choke me to death at this point and it’s hard to measure how many servings I’ve had when I’m eating out of a large tub.
Sometimes I can’t get to the gym until past seven, and I’m rarely asleep before midnight, so my post-gym meal is rarely more than protein shake, and I don’t have many good options for keeping my calorie count high when the day is done.
Does anyone know of any good snack foods or even microwavable meals out there? They don’t have to be the healthiest things available, but higher in protein, or at least calories. Healthier is preferred, but I simply need something that could calorically substitute for a meal. A lot of my favorite snack foods before I started weight lifting (Wheat Thins, Chewy bars, etc.,) are really light in this department. I’ve looked around Safeway a bunch (done several run downs of the one downtown) but the one I typically go to is small and has a limited variety. I’m going to try going to someplace bigger this weekend, but I want to know what to look for.
One more detail, I don’t have a car. This means I can’t make super frequent shopping trips- once or twice a week, and it also means I can’t carry a whole lot back with me. Whatever I can stick on the handlebars of my bike and into my backpack. I can’t get like, a gallon of milk a day because I’m not going to be able to carry seven gallons of milk back, along with all the other food I want to eat, and my bike.