College Grocery List

Checkout This College Grocery List You've Wanted Since So Long

It is possible to switch to health eating in college with some simple tips and ideas. You can begin by planning, making a grocery shopping list, and cooking yourself. Here is a grocery list that will be helpful to you to plan and shop for your foodstuff.
HomeQuicks Staff
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018
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
First things first! Before going shopping, you need to be fully aware of your budget, i.e., the exact amount of money you can spend on groceries. You should also research in the market to look for grocery stores that have a wider option of goods (with respect to cost of items).
  • Although you may love to indulge in cheeses and chocolates, you need to make healthy choices in the longer run. A healthy grocery list consists of fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, proteins, etc.
  • 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.
  • You should look for versatile food items like eggs that can be included in various dishes like salads, sandwiches; or can be eaten as a meal by making an omelet, etc. Bananas, potatoes, fruits, cheese, eggs, beans, etc., are some of the versatile food items.
  • 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
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.
Dairy
  • Canned low fat/whole milk
  • Skim milk
  • Yogurt
  • Low fat butter/margarine
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheddar, Mozzarella cheese
  • Eggs
Breakfast
  • Cereals
  • Oatmeal
  • Flaxseed
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Muesli
  • Cornflakes
  • Cookies/Cupcakes
Frozen Foods
  • Fish sticks/fillets
  • Chicken breast/meatballs
  • Deli meat
  • Turkey
  • Spinach/tomatoes/Broccoli
  • Fruits/fruits juices
  • Beans
  • Sauces/salsa/dressing/vinegar
Dry Foods
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Brown/white rice
  • Rice cakes
  • Couscous
  • Instant rice
  • Macaroni/pasta
  • Noodles
  • 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. The following dishes can be eaten as breakfast or even as meals for lunch and dinner. These dishes can be made using above mentioned food items as ingredients.
One-Dish Meals
  • Cream based soups
  • Peanut butter sandwich
  • Scrambled/boiled/deviled eggs/omelet
  • Beans on toast
  • Cheese/tomato pasta
  • Oven ready lasagna, pizza
  • Salad with spinach/broccoli/bell peppers/cherry tomatoes/fruits/eggs/chicken
  • Coleslaw
  • Sandwiches
  • Burritos
  • Tacos
  • Meatball salad/noodles
  • Burgers/hotdogs
Lastly, also remember to buy some of your favorite snacks and indulge once a while! Good luck!