Healthy College Snack Ideas

I love eating, but I’m also ridiculously picky. Snacks are always easier for me than meals because of my pickiness. Also, because I’m always on the go between class and work, having easy to grab snacks is much easier than preparing a meal every time I get a craving. If I fill my kitchen (or dorm) with healthy options, I’m less likely to eat out and snack on less healthy things later! Here are my favorite healthy college snack ideas!

healthy dorm college snack

healthy dorm college snacks

Fruit. This is a no brainer. I prefer bananas and strawberries myself, but I don’t eat them alone very much. I prefer to slice them and mix them with other foods like yogurt or cereal.

Fruit chips. I am just now getting into fruit chips and let me tell you they are the bomb. I like to binge watch Greys Anatomy of Netflix like nobody’s business, and this experience wouldn’t feel right without something too much on. Apple chips are my favorite and I can shove those in my mouth and not feel sick later, it’s the best of both worlds.

Granola. Granola is so versatile, you seriously need it in your life. Add it to yogurt to make it more substantial (I eat it as a meal, no shame). Bring it to class, bring it to the gym, bring it everywhere!

Mac and cheese. I am a die hard mac-and-cheese fan. If I could live on it, I would. When I lived in the dorms, the microwavable cups were my go-to. Opt for a whole grain pasta with reduced sugar for a healthier alternative!

Nuts. I wish I liked nuts, but unfortunately, I do not. However, these are also super versatile. Add some dark chocolate and you’ve got yourself a scrumptious snack!

Yogurt. Yogurt for lunch, yogurt for dinner, yogurt at 2 am yogurt always. Greek yogurt is high in protein and you can add all kinds of goodies to make it tastier (though it’s great alone!)

Cheese. So many cheeses! You can do cheese and crackers (maybe with wine?) or keep it simple with string cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about the cheese options out there!

Popcorn. Popcorn isn’t just for movies! Get some low salt, low butter popcorn and get popping!

Canned soup. When I lived in a dorm I had piles of soup cans overflowing everywhere. Now that I live in an apartment, I still have piles everywhere. They’re quick to make and can be stored probably forever. Check out low sodium options and soup on.

Happy snacking! What are your favorite snacks?

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  • Kind Bars are always a go-to for me – either the fruit and nut or healthy grains version!

  • Moonlight Shimmer

    I also am a picky eater. It’s a struggle! My favorite snacks are nature valley bars or a bagel with peanut butter and apple. Healthy and filling (:

    • Samantha

      Bagels with peanut butter are my new favorite thing! Picky eating can be so hard! I hate when people imply that I CHOSE to be picky! Like I wanted life to be more complicated, haha!

  • It’s nice to know that there’s someone else in the world who isn’t allergic to nuts but just doesn’t like them. So many “healthy snack” recommendations are built around nuts, peanut butter, or seeds 🙁 blergh! I’m still trying to figure out a good savory snack that works for nut-haters who are lactose intolerant… maybe nori seaweed sheets…

  • It is really sad that someone is allergic to nuts, because there are lots of nuts that are so delicious and healthy.

  • Kristyn Schott

    Awesome ideas! I am always looking for healthy snacking ideas in college and these fit the bill! Some of my favorite snacks are veggies and guacamole, fruit salads, and nuts/nut butters. I included these and others in a healthy snacking article on my blog–I would love for you to check it out!

  • Sarah Cantrall

    I love dipping clementines in melted dark chocolate and sprinkling them t=with some sea salt before letting them cool. So good!