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College Grocery List

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.
Madhura Pandit Dec 1, 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Eggs
  • Cheddar, Mozzarella cheese
  • Low fat butter/margarine
  • Skim milk
  • Canned low fat/whole milk
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut butter


  • Oatmeal
  • Cornflakes
  • Cereals
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Flaxseed
  • Cookies/Cupcakes
  • Muesli

Frozen Foods

  • Spinach/tomatoes/Broccoli
  • Deli meat
  • Fish sticks/fillets
  • Beans
  • Chicken breast/meatballs
  • Turkey
  • Fruits/fruits juices
  • Sauces/salsa/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. 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

  • Cream based soups
  • Beans on toast
  • Salad with spinach/broccoli/bell peppers/cherry tomatoes/fruits/eggs/chicken
  • Peanut butter sandwich
  • Scrambled/boiled/deviled eggs/omelet
  • Burritos
  • Coleslaw
  • Cheese/tomato pasta
  • Oven ready lasagna, pizza
  • Burgers/hotdogs
  • Meatball salad/noodles
  • Sandwiches
  • Tacos
Lastly, also remember to buy some of your favorite snacks and indulge once a while! Good luck!