A College Student's Guide to On-The-Go Snacks

By Sam Casteris on October 9, 2018

College is a time when new friends are made, independence is explored, and futures are determined. It’s also a time when routines are established and healthy habits are formed. There’s a reason why many people warn about the risk of weight gain during the first year of college a.k.a the ‘Freshman 15’. This is because there is a learning curve when it comes to maintaining your health while adjusting to the demands of a college student’s schedule.

While the temptation to order late night pizzas with your roommate will sometimes get the best of you, keeping healthy grab n’ go snacks on hand will help you stay nourished even on your busiest days. Keep reading for a list healthy snacks you’ll want to keep stocked in your dorm room.

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Popcorn with Seasoning

This delicious snack is as simple as two steps: Pop and season. Whether you purchase popcorn seasoning or mix your own, you’ll be able to dress up plain popcorn so it takes on the flavor of your favorite chips, but without the guilt.

Frozen Yogurt Blueberries

This healthy snack is a perfect dessert substitute. Mix greek yogurt and fresh blueberries and put it in the freezer. When the mixture is frozen, break it apart into bite-sized pieces for a quick treat that is high in protein, delicious, and filling.


Ideal for college students who don’t have much fridge space. Granola is a room-temperature snack that is hearty and full of protein. To avoid high-sugar content, make your own or carefully read the ingredients list on the packaging of store brands.

Peanut Butter and Celery

The high protein content in peanut butter makes it a great on-the-go snack. Not only is peanut butter filling, but it also gives a boost of energy. Rather than eating it plain, get extra nutrients by spreading it on stalks of celery.

Peanut Butter Honey Wrap

Another delicious way to eat peanut butter. This treat is sure to satiate any sugar cravings. Spread peanut butter and honey on a tortilla, roll it up and enjoy this healthy alternative to other sugary snacks.


Jerky is one of the best on-the-go snacks when it comes to protein content. Whether you opt for chicken, beef, or turkey jerky, you’ll be sure to get an energy boost with this healthy snack.

Trail Mix

Trail mix is an old-faithful grab n’ go snack, but not all trail mixes are created equal. Opt for mixes with nuts, seeds, and granolas rather than chocolate and dried berries. For ultimate control, make your own at home and select your favorite, healthy ingredients.

Veggie Chips

Veggie chips are the perfect healthy alternative to potato chips. They provide the salty crunch that most people crave while remaining low in fat and calories. Better yet, they are easy to store and even easier to take along with you.

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Sunflower Seeds

Not only do sunflower seeds pack a lot of protein, but they also are full of vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Sunflower seeds’ dense nutrient content ensures that they are a healthy snack when eating in moderation. Because of their high healthy fat content, it’s best to ration this snack.

Carrots and Dill Yogurt Dip

Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants. While carrots are a healthy snack when eaten plain, they are even more enjoyable when paired with a dill yogurt dip. Make your own at home by combining yogurt, dill, lemon, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Protein Shakes

For something a little more substantial, opt for a delicious protein shake. Many protein shakes can act as meal replacements, making it even easier to eat healthy on your busiest days. Make your own at home with protein powder or buy pre-mixed shakes at the store.

Yogurt Parfait

To make your own parfaits at home, mix Greek yogurt, defrosted frozen fruit, granola, and honey. This snack is the perfect way to begin each day as it offers protein and natural sugars for a boost of energy.

String Cheese

Even though cheese tends to get a bad reputation, it is actually high in calcium, protein, and vitamin D. String cheese is a healthy snack and is easy to throw in your backpack and eat when hunger starts to set in. When possible, opt of low-fat or unprocessed cheese.

Fresh Fruit

No one can deny the health benefits of fresh fruit. Check your grocery store for fruit that is in season for a satisfying snack. Bananas and apples are easy to transport, full of nutrients, and taste even better with peanut butter.


While pretzels aren’t necessarily the healthiest option on our list, they are a healthy alternative to potato chips and will combat salt cravings.


Like seeds, nuts are best when eaten in moderation as they can be high in healthy fat. Almonds and peanuts offer a high amount of fiber and protein so just a large handful will satisfy your hunger.

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