College is hard, we get it. Between classes, studying, extracurriculars, and all the changes that comes with college, it can be hard to think about eating healthy. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are 8 ideas for nutritious snacks that can be made right in your dorm!
Pair one slice of cheese with whole-grain crackers for an easy snack, or munch on a cheese stick for a quick bite between classes. Low-fat cheeses can even be used when making quesadillas in your dorm microwave!
Pre-washed and pre-cut vegetables are convenient for quick snacks and meals. You can even save money by buying frozen or canned. Try incorporating as many colors into your diet for a greater variety of nutrients. Pair them with your favorite dips, such as carrots with hummus or celery with peanut butter, or add them to quesadillas!
Fresh, frozen, dried, and canned fruits all count, just watch out for those with added sugars or syrups. Add a tablespoon of raisins or dried apricots to your oatmeal or yogurt and grab an apple for a natural source of energy during a late-night study break.
Nuts and nut butters
These will last longer when stored in the fridge. Try walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, or cashews. Peanut butter and almond butter are delicious on apple slices or whole-grain toast.
Eggs in a dorm room? If you have a refrigerator, yes! Use a microwave safe bowl or mug to scramble eggs for a quick, convenient breakfast or snack. Toss in raw veggies and a tablespoon of low-fat cheese for added flavor and nutrients!
Milk and yogurt
Fat-free or low-fat milk can be added to oatmeal or whole-grain cereals for a filling, nutritious breakfast. Individual containers of Greek yogurt are convenient, portable, and pack in a lot of protein. Mix yogurt with fruit and nuts for an energizing breakfast or top with a few chocolate chips and cinnamon for a healthy dessert.
NuGo Slim protein bars
These are great quick snacks for in between classes since the protein helps keeps you full. Pair with fruit and veggies to add more nutrients, or some whole grains to help avoid the mid-day slumps in class.
Tuna pouches & canned chicken
These are easy, convenient foods that pack in a lot of protein without breaking the wallet. Mix with mayo and raw veggies for a tuna or chicken salad and spread on whole grain bread. Some even come in different flavors so you can eat it right out of the pouch!