There's more to dorm life than late-night pizza and high-sugar treats!
If you keep a few basic ingredients around, you can make healthy snacks to help you concentrate during long study sessions and keep your stomach from rumbling in the middle of class. Fruits and veggies are good to have around. You can also keep nut butters, yogurt, and whole grain chips to eat with salsa. With a well-planned grocery trip, the possibilities are endless. Below is a list of 25 Simple Snacks You Can Make in Your Dorm Room!
1. 5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge
All you need for this refrigerator fudge is a mixing bowl and a pan to allow the ingredients to solidify. This recipe tastes like dessert, but it’s healthier than most fudge. It’s sweetened with honey, which adds vitamins and minerals to the recipe.
2. Skinny Fruit Flavored Yogurt
You can flavor yogurt with no sugar added fruit jam or puree. There are countless flavors to explore, and it’s a healthier option than pre-flavored yogurt because you control how much sugar is in the food you eat. Try our Skinny Strawberry Yogurt!
Another tasty way to flavor yogurt is to turn it into a parfait. In a small cup, bowl, or jar, you can layer yogurt and yummy superfoods. Some ingredients you can use are unsweetened granola, fresh mixed berries, sliced bananas, peanut butter, or crushed pretzels. One of our favorite parfaits is this Breakfast Yogurt Parfait in A Jar. It’s a great snack in the dorms or on-the-go.
4. Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Are you tired of Greek Yogurt? If you’re looking for a strong source of protein or just want to try something different, cottage cheese is a great alternative. Half a cup of low-fat cottage cheese contains around 100 calories and 15 grams of protein.
5. Pan Roasted Candied Pecans
If you have access to a stove, try this clean-eating pecan recipe. You only need a single pan and a few basic ingredients. If you make a large batch of pecans, you can separate them into servings for on-the-go snacks.
6. Classic Guacamole
Making guacamole at home is fun and easy. It doesn’t require a stove or any fancy kitchen gadgets. All you need is a bowl and a fork to mash the avocados. Avocados are high in healthy fats believed to help you maintain a healthy weight. Because many packaged guacamole brands are high in preservatives, added sugar, and sodium, making your own is the best way to avoid unnecessary ingredients.
7. Creamy Avocado Dip
If you have a food processor or a high-powered blender like the NutriBullet or Ninja, you can make this creamy avocado dip. In order to achieve the right consistency, the avocado in this recipe is blended rather than mashed like it is in guacamole. But this dip still has all the beneficial healthy fats.
8. Skinny Ms. Ranch Dip with Baby Carrots and Celery Sticks
This ranch dip is made with a Greek Yogurt base, which means it’s high in protein and probiotics. Pair it with fresh vegetables for a light and refreshing snack you can share with your friends.
9. Spicy Dipping Sauce
Eat your vegetables with this spicy dipping sauce. All you need is plain Greek Yogurt, Thai sweet chili sauce, and lime juice. Whisk the ingredients together and enjoy!
10. Snack Pretzel Stacks
For another fun yet easy recipe, build these snack stacks. They’re made with pretzels, nut butter, mini chocolate chips, and banana slices. These are all versatile ingredients that are useful to keep around your room.
11. Apple Nachos Supreme
This sweet nacho-inspired platter is a great dorm room snack that you can serve to your friends. It doesn’t require an oven or a stove. All you need is a knife to slice the apples and a bowl or large plate where you can combine and serve the ingredients. Try experimenting with different toppings. With this recipe, the possibilities are endless!
12. Kale Chips
If your dorm hall provides shared kitchenettes equipped with ovens, you can make a big batch of kale chips to snack on-the-go. You can flavor the kale chips using any spices readily available. Try our Southwestern Kale Chips recipe.
13. Sweet Potato Chips
You can also make chips out of sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are similar to regular potato chips, but they are high in vitamins and minerals including folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
14. Spiced Chickpeas
Chickpeas are rich in fiber. They are also a great source of vegan protein, which makes them an ideal snack anyone can enjoy. Try this microwave chickpea recipe that uses spices to add tons of flavor with no calories or processed ingredients.
15. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwich
An open-faced sandwich makes for a healthy low-calorie snack. This cucumber and cream cheese recipe delivers tons of flavor for only 150 calories per slice.
16. Skinny Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
Slice a few pieces of fruit or veggies and you’ve got one yummy snack. This dip is perfect for sharing with all your dorm friends. Whip this up over the weekend and enjoy all week long. Double the recipe and you’ll be glad you did. 🙂
17. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are usually made by soaking oats in an airtight container in the refrigerator. There are plenty of healthy recipes you can try. You can sweeten it with fruit and stevia, or mix in nuts for some healthy fats. One must-try basic recipe is our Clean Eating Refrigerator Oatmeal.
18. Apple Slices with Nut Butter
Apples are great to keep in dorms! They last relatively long outside the fridge, are easy to take on-the-go, and combine well with other flavors. Have apple slices with your favorite nut butter. Nut butters provide healthy fats believed to help maintain a healthy weight. Look for a brand with no added sugars.
19. Baby Carrots and Hummus
Baby carrots and hummus go together like peanut butter and jelly, but provide a lot more vitamins and minerals! Chickpeas are high in manganese and iron. They’re also a great vegan protein source. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which plays an important role in having good vision.
Natural popcorn is a great low-calorie snack. Look for brands that don’t contain a lot of added ingredients and are low in fats and sugars. Natural popcorn tastes great when it’s slightly salted. If you want some more flavor, try one of these four healthy popcorn recipes or our Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn.
21. Frozen Grapes
Grapes don’t freeze completely solid. They retain a slightly chewy consistency reminiscent of gummy candy, but with less sugar and a higher dose of nutrients. Grapes are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, making them a superfood snack.
22. Fruit Salad
You can also reap the benefits of fruit in salads. It’s a healthy snack that can help stave off sugar cravings. Good salad fruits include cubed melon, mixed berries, grapes, and peaches. Cantaloupe and honeydew melons are easy to cut into cubes and are rich in vitamin A. Berries contain tons of antioxidants. Grapes and peaches will provide a good contrast of flavor as well as a variety of vitamins.
23. Mixed Nuts
Mixed nuts are easy to keep in the dorm and are high in healthy fats. Keep in mind that nuts are not a low-calorie snack. Because fat has more calories per gram than carbs and protein, high-fat foods, such as nuts and avocado, are high in calories. Nevertheless, it’s all healthy fats that play a crucial role in keeping you healthy and maintaining your weight.
24. Peanut Butter Banana Cups
Melt in your mouth delish! OMG, this treat is super easy to make and ultra yummy. Enjoy one of these guilt-free banana cups without worrying about calories or your waistline. Indulge!
25. No-Bake Almond Energy Bites
Making snacks in the dorm, ones that you’ll actually love, has never been easier.
Take a few of these snacks to class and have lasting energy thoughout the day.
What’s your favorite dorm room snack? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know what else you’d like to see from Skinny Ms.