Are you a college student athlete seeking a hassle-free and easy way to create your college grocery list that stays within your grocery budget? Look no further!
We’ve got you covered with an extensive list of shelf-stable and mini fridge-friendly foods that can be easily combined for quick, balanced and delicious snacks and meals.
From proteins to carbs and healthy fats, we’ve got all the categories covered to make your college life a whole lot easier, especially for days when you can’t make it to your dining hall or have maxed out your meal plan.
Read on for our recommendations to create a well planned college dorm grocery list.
College grocery list basics
A college grocery list can help you plan ahead, shop smart and avoid wasting food and money. Here are some tips on how to create a college dorm grocery list that suits your needs and preferences.
- Canned beans
- Canned or jarred vegetables, fruits, soups, sauces
- Canned or pouch tuna, salmon and chicken
- Pasta, rice, quinoa, oats and cereal
- Nuts, seeds, dried fruits, granola bars, crackers
- Peanut butter, honey
- Milk or plant-based milk
- Hummus or other dips
- Deli meat or sliced cheese
- Fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably pre-cut or pre-washed)
- Leftovers (store them in airtight containers and consume within 3-4 days)
- Sandwiches or wraps (use whole wheat bread or tortillas and fill them with your favorite protein and veggies)
- Salads (toss some greens with canned tuna or chicken, cheese cubes, nuts or seeds, and dressing)
- Omelets or scrambled eggs (add some cheese and veggies for extra flavor)
- Microwave meals (look for ones that are low in sodium and high in protein and fiber)
- Peanut butter toast with banana slices
- Greek yogurt with granola and berries
- Chicken and cheese quesadilla with salsa
- Turkey and cheese sandwich with apple slices
- Beef and broccoli over brown rice
Ensuring you have a variety of protein sources is vital for energy and muscle repair.
Here’s your go-to list of protein-packed options:
Carbohydrates provide the fuel your brain and body need to power through the day.
Here are some carb-rich choices to keep you going:
Incorporating healthy fats into your diet is essential for overall wellness.
Here’s a list of options that provide those good-for-you fats:
Mini fridge picks
Maximize your mini fridge space with these foods that stay fresh and require minimal storage:
Satisfy your cravings with these portable and tasty snacks:
For those post-study session or midnight cravings, these options have got you covered:
Crafting a college grocery list that includes a wide array of shelf-stable and mini fridge-friendly foods ensures you’ll have access to quick and balanced meals throughout your busy college days.
Whether you’re in the mood for protein-packed options, carbohydrate classics, healthy fat heroes, or simply convenient snacks, this comprehensive list has something for everyone.
Also, check out our post for ideas on how to stock up your kitchen essentials.
Steph Magill, MS, RD, CD, FAND has over 20 years in public health and nutrition experience. As a performance nutritionist, Stephanie specializes in sports nutrition and provides simple and actionable information so that athletes can be well fueled for high performance on and off the field. Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.