Dorm Room Eating 101
Parents – wondering how to encourage your college-bound teenager to eat well in the midst of long study
sessions, late nights and early classes? We’ve made it simple. Just give them this Dorm Room Eating 101 guide.
It offers healthy snacks that are easy to store in tiny dorm rooms and even easier to prepare.
Make the most of your room’s fridge. By purchasing pre-packaged healthy foods, you’ll maximize the space you
have without sacrificing nutrition.
Here are some great ideas for a healthy stocked dorm room fridge:
No sugar added mini applesauce cups
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat cheese sticks
Low-fat ranch dressing (for dipping)
Low-fat or fat-free milk
For pantry items, simply clean out a plastic container, normally used for storage. An under-the-bed box or any
lidded storage tote works best. Label the container and be sure to keep food tightly wrapped to prevent any
Here are some great ideas for a healthy stocked dorm room pantry:
Microwavable 94% fat-free popcorn
Baked tortilla chips
Low-sodium microwaveable soups
Chunk light canned tuna, packed in water
No sugar added raisins or dried fruit
Low-fat granola bars
Peanut or almond butter
Canned fruit packed in its own juices
Whole-grain bread (can also be stored in fridge for a longer shelf life)
It’s important to be prepared. There are a few supplies you’ll always need to have on hand to make eating and
storing foods easy.
Other dorm room must-haves:
Plastic food-storage containers
Microwaveable plates and bowls
Forks, knives and spoons
When eating at the schools dining hall, choose wisely. It can make a big difference in your calorie intake.
Take advantage of the dining hall meal plan! Most dining halls offer whole fruit daily at breakfast, lunch and
dinner. Grab an apple or banana for a snack. Fill plastic bags with dry whole-grain cereal to bring to class. Pop
a sandwich in a plastic bag or foil to store in the fridge for a late-night study session snack.
Remember, a balanced healthy diet of 5-6 small meals a day can be a better energy boost than a cup of coffee!
Follow these simple steps and you’ll earn an A in Dorm Room Eating 101.