6 Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Dorm Room

It’s back to school season! Which  means fall weather is right around the corner…bring it on!

Today was the first day of classes at the community college I work and coach at. I love seeing campus full again and am always jealous of  first year students…such an exciting journey ahead of them.

If you’re living on a college campus, you probably only have a small fridge and microwave (if that) in your dorm. Side note: as a higher ed professional, we were taught to say “residence hall” instead of dorm, but I’m going to stick with dorm ;)

Even if you don’t have a fridge, you can still stock up on some healthy foods and snacks which will be perfect when you’re on the go or just hungry and lounging around in your room.

Keep reading and I’ll talk more about these items!

6 Healthy Foods To Keep In Your College Dorm!
Protein Powder

I love PlantFusion protein – it’s free of all major allergens and plant based. I’ve tried other plant based powders but didn’t like the chalky taste or after taste. PlantFusion has a variety of flavors (like cookies and creme!) and also has a nutritional shake called Phood, which is more of a meal replacement type shake. You can order samples of their different products on their website for just $10! Can’t beat that.

While I had never even thought to buy protein powder in college, it’s a good thing to have on hand. You can easily make shakes with just water, or if you do have a fridge, you can stock up on almond milk, fruits, etc. to make delicious smoothies for breakfast or snacks.

Nektar Honey Crystals

I should have added tea to this list but oh well. If you’re a tea lover, Nektar Honey Crystals are perfect for you! I have been working with the Nektar team for a bit, but genuinely love the product.

I have written about them before, and love that they are perfect for on-the-go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve brought my honey bear (lol at that phrasing) to work and have it leak all over my lunch bag. They also just released a pourable bottle which is perfect for baking. If you bring tea to class (or oatmeal), pack a few of these packets and you’re good to go.

Peanut Butter

Does this even need an explanation?? Stock up on peanut butter! Eat it by the spoonful or spread of on apples and bananas. My favorite pre-workout snack is a piece of bread with peanut butter and sliced bananas on it. I also always add peanut butter to my oatmeal and overnight oats. Oops, just realized I should have added oatmeal to this list too!

Granola Bars

I love Nature Valley bars, but this new product is now my favorite granola bar (the simple nut bar). Minimal ingredients and a great snack to pack in your bag. Also good for pre and post-workout. When shopping for granola bars, make sure to read the ingredient labels…some are packed with random ingrediets and loads of sugar!


These are also another good snack option. I like them because they can be kept anywhere (cold, hot, etc.) without it going bad. So you can keep a few in the car or in your purse for emergencies. While they do have a bit more sugar than I would like, I’m comforted by the fact that it is all-natural. I like to snack on these before runs for a little energy boost.


These are a recent discovery of mine. I have tried the BBQ flavor and the restaurant style and both are delicious! If you love chips and salsa, try Beanitos. It’s a healthier alternative to other chips. I eat them with hummus as well. Dan doesn’t like beans so he’ll never try them, but I swear it does not taste like beans!

Have you tried Beanitos? Let me know if you do.

What would you add to the list? What are your favorite on-the-go snacks?

If you’re starting school, tell me what college you’re at! Maybe we are Big 10 rivals ;) #Rutgers


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  1. Peanut butter belongs in ALL the rooms and houses and cupboards.
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  2. I lived off of larabars and Apples with peanut butter in college.. such good snacks!
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  3. I just discovered Beanitos, too! LOVE them, especially because I can’t have regular corn tortilla chips.
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  4. my daughter is off to college and I am hoping she can stay away from unhealthy snacking. Good ideas!
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  5. I think this list could easily go for “to keep at your office” as well! Those afternoon craving can be the worse when you have nothing but the mornings donuts laying around. Keep you some healthy go-to snacks on hand for times just like those! Great post!
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  6. Peanut butter was definitely a staple when I was in college, and still is even now that I’m long graduated. I always keep a couple of granola bars in my desk at work for those random times when hunger shows up out of nowhere.
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  7. Peanut butter was definitely a staple when I was in college, and still is even now that I’m long graduated. I always keep a couple of granola bars in my desk at work for those random times when hunger shows up out of nowhere.
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  8. I love the peanut butter and larabar suggestions – those are definitely two of my staples. The indulgent side of me would add dark chocolate chips (to eat with the PB of course!) but the dietitian side of me would add some dried fruit and nuts :)
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  9. Oh, goodness. It has been a LONG time since I was in college (it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane!!!! although Rutgers is close to where I was born and raised), and I can’t remember anything good coming out of that mini fridge or microwave. Perhaps, it shouldn’t even be discussed LOL.
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  10. I am going to interpret “dorm room” as “office” and say this is a great list. I definitely keep Larabars and peanut butter in my desk for snacking at work!
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  11. larabars for the win. i love them so much. great tips.
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  12. Doesn’t anyone have hotpots and ramen anymore? Guess I’m showing my age here….
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  13. I’ve never lived in a college dorm room but these are basically my at-home essentials haha. It’s always so important to have healthy snacks on hand, especially when you’re working or studying! I always find myself wanting to munch on something when I’m deep in my work…
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  14. We all love peanut butter. I am going to share your list with all my friends.

  15. Other than peanut butter, I’m pretty sure none of these foods existed when I went to college! HA! Great, healthy options though.
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  16. I went to San Jose State and I love almond butter!
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  17. All those sound good for me to keep in the house LOL. I’m a long ways from college, but the kids aren’t close yet, so thankfully not worrying about dorm rooms this year.
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  18. This is a great article for college students, but I think these would be great in my pantry too!! Thanks for sharing!
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  19. These are some great dorm items for sure! I’ve never tried the honey crystals; are they good in coffee as well as tea? I would add bananas to this list! Most college campuses carry this fruit year round for fairly cheap, and they can be the base of any snack or an easy topping for oats, cereal, yogurt, ice cream, etc!
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