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Cheap and Healthy Snacks for College Students

By Edited Jul 7, 2016 0 0

 What are some cheap and healthy snacks for a college student? Unfortunately for many college students, eating healthy is just too difficult. The problem is pretty simple. First, you don’t have much money to spend on food or snacks, and second, you don’t have the money. Finally, you might just not have the time to cook or you might not be able to in a dorm. So students often resort to quick foods that are high in fat and calories. It's so easy to do this. Well, I'm here to tell you that you don’t need to eat Ramen noodles or hot pockets to survive college – there are plenty of healthy, inexpensive snacks to eat!

Tips on Eating Healthy in College – Good Dorm Room Snacks

- First, you should cut on foods with trans fat, saturated fat and high in calories. I would not recommend ramen noodles or microwavable dishes that are unhealthy.

- I also would stay away from candy or chocolate, which can be very easy to turn to in college.

- You should definitely try to get snacks that are high in protein and have essential vitamins.

- Some of these snacks will also work as an appetite suppressant, making you less hungry.

Here are some ideas on snacks that will not give you the dreaded freshman 15!

*Protein or Health Bars – To save money, try buying a package of health bars like Cliff Bars or The Pure Bar.

My personal favorite health bar is "Kind Plus." It is high in protein and is Wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. It contains no hydrogenated oils or trans fats, and is a good source of fiber as well.

They aren't too expensive, either. A pack of 12 is just over $15 so you are barely spending $1 per bar!

*Beef Jerky - Make sure you get the healthy kind, though, because there are some beef jefky’s like Slim Jim’s which are pretty unhealthy. Instead try something like Jack Link's Premium beef jerky, 100 calorie packs. They are high in protein but very low in fat, unlike other beef jerky.

* Pretzels With Hummus - Pretzels tend to have very low fat (if even at all) and will definitely fill you up. You can eat them alone OR try them with hummus, which is my favorite.

*Hummus Chips - If you like hummus you should consider buying Hummus Chips such as the one below. They are made from real chickpea flour which is a natural source of protein and iron and they contain no trans fat and contain all natural ingredients.

These hummus chips by Simply 7 below come in three flavors - Sea Salt, Tomato Basil, or Spicy Chili Pepper. It contains 12 packs of 5 bags each, so you are getting 60 bags of chips for $36 or about $.50 per bag!

Simply 7 Hummus Chips, Sea Salt, 5 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Amazon Price: $44.28 $30.12 Buy Now
(price as of Jul 7, 2016)

*Rice Cakes - These contain low calories and no fat, plus you can put stuff on them like peanut butter or jelly. Very fast and easy to eat!

*Healthy Chips Like 'PopChips'- A product like "PopChips" specializes in making healthy chips. Instead of eating Lay's potato chips, you should consider this! PopChips are really becoming popular because they are really tasty but healthy for you - they contain zero trans or saturated fats, non-gmo, and are gluten free.

Never fried OR baked, these chips are POPPED! You are getting 24 bags of chips in this deal for about $20 so less than $1 per bag.

Check it out for yourself below.

 *Apples, bananas, pineapple, watermelon, etc. - A must have for any diet!

 *Greek Yogurt  - I love putting granola in mine in the morning. Lots of protein and low fat. Tastes amazing in my opinion.

* Mixed Nuts or Raisins -  I love eating this as an afternoon snack or a pre-workout snack before the gym!

These snacks, combined with healthy college dorm food, should keep you in good shape and feeling great.

I hope you enjoy these cheap and healthy snacks that are good for college students!

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