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Tasty Tidbits: 5 Foods Every College Student Needs

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January 26, 2017

5 healthy and affordable foods that every college student should have in their dorm room/apartment for when hunger strikes.

Add some peanut butter to your morning toast or oatmeal for a punch of flavor, protein, and healthy fats to keep you full until lunch.

5 Foods Every College Student Should Have in Their Pantry

 

It’s time to restock or ensure those cabinets or pantries, that may have sat dormant over winter break, are now filled with healthy foods and snacks, as spring semester starts to ramp up. But what should we fill them with? Here are 5 healthy and affordable foods that every college student should have in their dorm room/apartment for when hunger strikes.

 

1. Fruits & Vegetables: Fresh may not always be best. If you have limited access to a grocery store or lack of space to store fresh veggies, then canned and frozen may be the better option.

                  Dorm Room: canned fruits and vegetables in their own sauce or water, mandarin oranges, applesauce, pears, etc

                  Apartment: Frozen fruits are affordable and great for smoothies or your oatmeal in the morning. Frozen Veggies are a quick, easy, and healthy addition to any meal.

2.  Popcorn: Popcorn is a great whole grain snack to munch on.  Look for a package that is low in added salt and butter, or even better pop your own!

3. Peanut Butter/Nuts

 Nuts are shelf stable, and a great source of protein and hearty healthy fats. Add some peanut butter to your morning toast or oatmeal for a punch of flavor, protein, and healthy fats to keep you full until lunch.

Or toss some nuts with some dried fruit for a quick and easy trail mix to fuel you through long classes or labs.

4. Whole grain crackers: Whole grain crackers are so versatile. Try dipping them in hummus or peanut butter to get a balanced snack of protein and carbohydrates.

5. Yogurt: Yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium. Top it with some thawed or fresh fruit or use it in a smoothie for a quick and healthy breakfast or snack.

There's no reason to go hungry or snack on foods high in sugar or fat, just get out and get shopping!

Alyssa MPH, RD, LD