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College Grocery List

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Healthy eating on your mind while in college? Begin by planning, making a grocery shopping list, and cooking yourself. Read on for more tips about how to switch to health eating in college.
HomeQuicks Staff
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2018
Young adults
The first year in college is all about new schedule, new friends, firsthand experience at cooking and shopping for the same. As you are on a tighter budget in the college, you cannot afford to eat out day and night; which is also unhealthy.
Soon will come a time when you will be thinking of cooking yourself (although it may be for the first time in life)! Meal planning will be easier if you have a grocery list and shop wisely. It will also help in saving money.
College Grocery Shopping Tips
  • Before shopping you need to be fully aware of the exact amount of money you can spend on groceries. You should also look for the grocery stores that have a wider option of goods with discounts.
Vegetables in basket
  • Although you may love to indulge in cheeses and chocolates, you need to make healthier choices. A healthy grocery list consists of fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, proteins, etc.
Sliced White Bread
  • Firstly, you should shop for the items that you need every day like bread, eggs, rice, noodles, etc., as these food items can be used for making breakfast, lunch as well as snacks.
Potato Salad
  • Look for versatile food items like eggs that can be included in various dishes like salads, sandwiches; or can be eaten by itself. Bananas, potatoes, fruits, cheese, beans, etc., are some versatile food items.
Mixed Beans And Cereals
  • Meat, poultry, and fish should not be stored for a long time as there can be high chances of getting spoiled. Cereals, dried fruits and nuts, dry pasta, rice, etc., are some of the items that last longer.
  • Check out for discounts and save your grocery coupons for healthy foods rather than indulging in luxury or gourmet food items.
  • Lastly, one of the basic tips to remember is to include foods that last for at least a week. This will save a lot of time as you need not go shopping every two days.
Grocery List
Bowl of Canned Carrots
Fruits and vegetables can be brought in frozen, canned, fresh, chopped, etc., versions. You can also cut vegetables like carrots and cucumbers and store them in refrigerators to eat as snack later. This list is divided into different categories in order to make sorting and shopping easier.
Eggs And Whisk
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar, Mozzarella cheese
  • Low fat butter/margarine
  • Skim milk
  • Canned low fat/whole milk
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut butter
Tasty Oatmeal With Berries
  • Oatmeal
  • Cornflakes
  • Cereals
Bread And Wheat
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Flaxseed
Christmas Cookies And Nuts
  • Cookies/Cupcakes
  • Muesli
Frozen Foods
frozen foods
  • Spinach/tomatoes/Broccoli
  • Deli meat
  • Fish sticks/fillets
Dry Beans Variety
  • Beans
  • Chicken breast/meatballs
  • Turkey
La Boqueria Fruits Barcelona Market
  • Fruits/fruits juices
  • Sauces/salsa/vinegar
Dry Foods
dry fruit
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Brown/white rice
  • Rice cakes
  • Couscous
  • Instant rice
  • Macaroni/pasta
  • Noodles
Silver Dollar Pancakes With Maple Syrup
  • Cake/pancake mix
  • Instant popcorn
  • Baked low fat fries/crisps
  • Spices, oil, and condiments
  • Salt and pepper
Here is a list of one dish meals or quick and easy meals that you can prepare in the college pantry. These dishes can be eaten as breakfast or even as meals for lunch and dinner. These dishes can be made using aforementioned food items as ingredients.
One-Dish Meals
Vegetable Soup
  • Cream based soups
  • Beans on toast
Caprese Salad
  • Salad with spinach/broccoli/bell peppers/cherry tomatoes/fruits/eggs/chicken
  • Peanut butter sandwich
Tasty Omelette And Chicken Ham
  • Scrambled/boiled/deviled eggs/omelet
  • Burritos
  • Coleslaw
  • Cheese/tomato pasta
  • Oven ready lasagna, pizza
Grilled Burger With Lettuce And Mayonnaise
  • Burgers/hotdogs
  • Meatball salad/noodles
Eat Sandwich
  • Sandwiches
  • Tacos
Lastly, also remember to buy some of your favorite snacks and indulge once a while! Good luck!