College entails a lot of different things. There’s the lack of sleep, the massive amounts of studying, the grueling classwork, and the list goes on and on. With all of these going on it can be really difficult for college students to get a proper meal–one that’s healthy and actually tastes good. Sometimes we’re prone to skipping meals altogether just because we’ve become so busy that we’ve forgotten to eat until everything is closed and it’s too late. This is why it can come in handy to have snacks and snack ingredients stashed away for later consumption. Here’s a list of cheap, healthy snacks for college students to have in their dorm!
1. Banana chips
Dried out bananas that have been baked and often sprinkled with a small amount of sweetener. These are really delicious when drizzled with some honey and/or cinnamon for extra flavor. The sweetness of the banana combined with the crunchy “chip” consistency is to die for.
2. Peanut butter crackers
Personally, this one was in my lunchbox almost every day in high school. You can either buy some pre-packaged ones (which might actually be a little less healthy) or you can get your own ingredients and combine them! After all, it’s just two things: peanut butter and crackers. You could choose some multi-grain crackers and some mixed nut butter to ensure the healthy quality of the snack!
3. Trail mix
This is obvs one of the most popular healthy snacks for college students. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out that 90% of college students already had a stash of trail mix somewhere in their dorms or cars (or preferably both). The assorted nuts are, obviously, super healthy. There’s normally at least one sweet element to most types of trail mixes, often m&m’s, which is good because it gives variety without overwhelming you with unhealthy sweet foods!
You thought popcorn was unhealthy? Think again. As long as you don’t supersaturate it with tons of butter and salt, it’s actually a pretty healthy (and incredibly quick to make) snack! Popcorn (especially whole-grain popcorn which apparently exists) has a lot of fiber and even antioxidants which help fight off sickness!
Hummus has been having a bit of a spotlight moment recently because of its delicious flavor and simultaneous healthy qualities! There are so many different flavors of hummus out there too, so you can’t really go wrong! Pair it with some veggies for the perfect quick and easy healthy snack!
Oats are often looked over, for what reason I couldn’t tell you. Don’t go putting an entire cup of sugar in your bowl of oats, but pour some honey and cinnamon in there to make up for any lack in flavor that your taste buds might discover. The best part? You can buy oats in bulk for incredibly cheap, they’re super easy to cook in the microwave. They’re low in fat, high in fiber, and can help regulate cholesterol!
7. Greek yogurt (or any plain yogurt)
The beauty of yogurt is that it’s normally pretty cheap for a big container and you can flavor it up however you want to. You can add nuts, fruit, spices, or whatever else suits your fancy! Either way you’re going to be getting a snack full of probiotics and protein!
What are your favorite healthy snacks for college students? Share them in the comments!
My name is Kassidy Barber, I'm 20 years old, and I'm currently working on my B.A. in English with a minor in web communications at the University of Alabama in Huntsville! I love video games, lots of T.V. shows, dogs, and especially food (both cooking and eating)!