Six healthy, college-approved snacks

As a college student, it can be easy to get into routines of vending machine chips and leftover pizza. Sometimes, it’s good to have a reminder that there are quick, healthy snacks you can make right in your dorm room with just a few ingredients. Take a look at the recipe ideas below and try one out!


Energy bites

These little balls of energy are sure to give you a boost and they’re so easy to make. Simply combine your favorite ingredients with oats, honey, and peanut butter, and roll into bite-sized pieces. Some popular mix-ins include dried fruit, seeds, chocolate chips, coconut, or crushed pretzels. Pop them into the fridge to let them firm up or eat them right away!


If you have a blender on hand, smoothies can be an easy and delicious snack at any time of the day. Grab some fresh or frozen fruit or vegetables and blend them with a base such as ice, peanut butter, or yogurt. Next, toss in juice, tea, milk, or water to help it blend. For added nutrients, add some chia seeds, flax, or oats.  

“Nice” cream

There’s a healthier way to indulge in a bowl of ice cream than grabbing some in the cafeteria. To make chocolate banana  “nice” cream, blend bananas, cocoa powder, milk or milk substitute, and a dash of vanilla. For added sweetness, add a bit of honey or maple syrup. Freeze and enjoy!

Trail mix

Trail mix is a staple for any busy college student. Portable, healthy, and delicious, trail mix is one of those customizable snacks that anyone can enjoy. Nuts and dried fruit are always great options, as well as unsweetened coconut or seeds. If you want to add a few fun ingredients, toss in a few chocolate chips, marshmallows, or pretzels.

Veggies and guacamole

Guacamole is a breeze as long as you have a bowl and utensils. To make guacamole, combine avocado, red onion, garlic, and lime juice. You can also add some tomatoes or cilantro if you’re feeling adventurous. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dig in with the veggies of your choice for a healthy and delicious snack.

Baked zucchini or apple chips

For a crunchy snack healthier than chips, consider baking up some zucchini or apple slices. Zucchini slices can be tossed in olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper or the seasoning of your choice. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-15 minutes. Sprinkle your apples with cinnamon and bake at 225 degrees until the edges curl.  



Olivia Osterbauer


Author: oaoste14

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