13 Nutritious and Healthy Dorm Room Snacks to Keep Stocked All the Time

    College dining halls can be great; preparing food for you, and making it so you never have to worry about cooking. But every once in a while you might find yourself in a situation where you don’t feel like making the trek to the dining hall, or wanting a midnight snack. 

    When I was in college, I ate a lot of snacks, and to be transparent, they weren’t always helpful in fueling my body. There’s nothing wrong with eating sweets, cereal, or sandwiches, but when it’s all the time you might find it slowing you down, as I frequently did.

    For the sake of inclusivity, these snacks require little to no preparation, so if you don’t have a fridge, no need to fear because none of these require that!

    Here are my favorite healthy dorm room snacks that will help you stay fueled for your long days of classes and let’s be honest — social time.

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    Below are some of my favorite healthy dorm room snacks, make sure to check back next week for part 3, my favorite home-made snacks!

    Peanut Butter

    I think I could survive off of peanut butter and peanut butter alone. I mean I basically did my freshman year of college, paired with rice cakes, chia seeds, and sliced bananas. 

    Peanut butter goes well with bread, rice cakes, apples, bananas, etc, or just plain if you need some protein + healthy fat.

    You can grab my favorite peanut butter here.

    Rice Cakes

    Rice cakes were another one of my college staples, but are still very much so. They’re an easy way to pile on a bunch of different ingredients and make for a filling snack. 

    My favorite way to eat them is with peanut butter, bananas, and chia seeds. It’s also great to pair them with peanut butter, strawberries, and coconut.

    You can get my favorite rice cakes here.


    Popcorn is my favorite snack in the world, but so many brands add in ingredients that just end up hurting you in the long run. I love this popcorn brand, along with a few others because they are made with real ingredients, and will only fuel your body.

    You can buy the popcorn here!

    Square Organics Bars

    I love bars! I try to get a new type to try every time I go into the grocery store, but these and GoMacro stay my go-to’s. They’re tasty, filling, and packed with protein.

    They’re also a good, quick thing to grab when you are on the go. I try to eat whole foods as much as possible, but we all have days when we don’t even have 2 mins to cut up an apple. Thus, bars are a lifesaver.

    You can buy Square Organic Bars here! You can also use my code “withlinds” to get 20% your order.


    Granola is my favorite thing to have on hand. It’s good to top fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, or just eat plain.

    You can buy Safe + Fair granola here! If you use “linds20” you can get 20% which makes the granola even more affordable.

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    I love bringing crackers with me just about everywhere. Kinda like rice cakes, you can make them what you want! Go the savory route and top them with cheese, or go sweet and add peanut butter and jelly. 

    You can get these crackers here!

    Mac & Cheese

    It’s a college staple! My favorite mac and cheese is made by a company called Banza and is made with chickpeas instead of traditional flour. It’s gluten-free, packed with fiber + protein, and doesn’t have all the bad stuff that regular mac and cheese has.

    You can buy Banza Mac and Cheese here.


    It’s 2019 so I think we can all agree that breakfast is an important meal. I think we can also agree that oatmeal is not bland, and is in fact, one of the greatest foods around. I like to add peanut butter, coconut, chia seeds, and maybe some flax to mine to spice it up.

    You can buy my favorite single-serve oatmeal here.

    Apples + Bananas

    I love fruit, especially fruit that tastes good with peanut butter on top. Bananas and apples are awesome staples to keep in your dorm and are great sources of fuel.

    You can hopefully find them at your local school store or a nearby grocery store!

    Easy Dorm Snacks
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    Dark Chocolate

    If you follow me on Instagram then you know I am the queen of dessert. Every time I eat something savory I have to eat something sweet afterward. These almonds are a great way to satisfy my cravings and require no work to make.

    You can buy the chocolate covered almonds here!

    Pumpkin Seeds

    Pumpkin seeds are a surprisingly great source of protein. I don’t know why it took me so long to learn this, but they’re an easy and yummy way to get in some of your protein for the day.

    It’s easy to forget how important protein is when you are busy socializing and attending classes each and every day, but it’s essential fuel for our bodies.

    You can order some here!

    I hope you enjoyed this post and got some ideas of some healthy dorm room snacks that you can keep stocked.

    Remember, college is about having fun and learning, and it’s impossible to truly have fun and learn when you aren’t fueling your body. It’s easy to get caught up with an image when you’re in college, but don’t allow that stupid voice in the back of your head try to tell you that you shouldn’t eat.

    Food = fuel.

    Our bodies are what keep us working and what we put inside is important. 🙂

    P.S. If you enjoyed this blog post, make sure to check out my recipe page for other great snacks that you can make!

    Lindsay Elizabeth
    Lindsay Elizabeth
    Lindsay is an East Coast native who is passionate about writing, digital marketing, and all things wellness. You can find her on Instagram @wellnesswithlinds or @thefrecklestudio.

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