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Spring Semester Tasty Tidbits
Grocery Shopping Part I
Living on campus with a meal plan provides you with either 2 or 3 meals a day (depending on the 14 or 19 meal plan). While this will satisfy the majority of our food needs, having some snack options on hand helps to curb late night hunger or provides some brain food for studying.
The most important part of grocery shopping happens before you even enter the store! Grocery stores have thousands of food items, and so coming prepared with a list can help with efficiency, affordability, and healthy choices. Here are some great tips for creating a stellar grocery list.
- Peanut Butter or 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.
- Granola Bars: Granola bars are great in the fact that they are shelf stable, portable, and delicious. Look for granola bars with the most real foods/ingredients in them. For example look for bars with dried fruit, nuts, oatmeal, etc. Some good brands are Kind, Larabars, Clif bars, etc.
- 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.
- 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!
- Dried or Fresh Fruit: Over ¾ of college students are not meeting the recommendations for fruits and vegetable intake. The recommendation for fruit intake is 2 servings a day. One way to increase fruit intake is to stock up on fresh or dried fruit. Dried fruit like raisins, apricots, craisins are great for dorm rooms because they have a long shelf life, so you don’t have to worry about storing them in the mini fridge or eating a pound of grapes before they go bad.
- Trail Mix: If you follow this simple equation you will have a balanced snack that will satisfy your hunger and keep you feeling full. Dried Fruit + Favorite roasted unsalted nut + Dried Cereal/granola + Optional add-ins (dark chocolate)
- 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.
- String Cheese is a great source of protein and calcium. Pair it with a carbohydrate like whole-grain crackers for a balanced snack.