College Dorm Groceries + Healthy Snacks

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Need some ideas for college dorm groceries? Grab yourself an empty grocery list and fill it up with these snacks!

Oftentimes – at least in your first years in college – you don’t have access to anything other than a microwave to prepare food. I do suggest investing in a mini fridge/microwave situation if you have the option. Here you can find a variety of “healthy” options and it might help you get an idea of how to shop for your dorm food essentials.

These foods listed are meant for if you only have these minimal appliances available. If you have more, there are many more options available. And if you have less you may not be able to accommodate some of these items nor prepare them. Of course, there are a lot more options out there regardless but these may at least help you get started.

Some favorites

  • Nuts
  • Bars
    • GoMacro bars, RX bars, Mid-day squares
  • Bean snacks
    • Bada Bean Bada Boom, Biena Chickpea Snacks
  • Crackers
    • Pita chips, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Simpel Mills
  • Nut butter
    • Peanut butter, almond butter

More Healthy Food Guides


  • Tuna can
  • Hummus
  • Beans (canned)
    • Chickpeas, black beans
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Deli meat
  • Frozen patties/protein things
  • Protein powder
  • Peanut powder
  • Edamame


  • Microwavable rice
  • Oats
  • Canned meals
    • Soup, Chilli
  • Tortillas
  • Frozen meals


  • Yogurt
  • Milk or milk alternative (from the non-perishable shelf)
  • Cheese
    • Brie cheese, cheese slices, string cheese


  • Microwavable broccoli, cauliflower, or brussels sprouts bag/box
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Lettuce/salad bags
  • Spinach


  • Grapes
    • fresh or frozen
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Dates
  • Strawberries
  • Dried
    • mango, figs, strawberries


  • Cinnamon
  • Nutritional yeast
  • All-purpose seasoning
    • garlic, onion, salt, etc.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Coconut aminos
  • Hot sauce


This is mainly a list of groceries, but I thought it would be helpful to give ideas on combining these items. And check out some essential dishes below!

  • Hummus + crackers + bell pepper
  • Tuna + wrap + cucumber + nutritional yeast
  • Peanut butter + oats + protein powder + cinnamon
  • Hard-boiled egg + salt & pepper +apple
  • Rice + edamame + coconut aminos

Guides from other posts:


  • Tupperware
  • Bowl
  • Plate
  • Utensils
    • Fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks

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