The Munchie List

Even super students who have earned their share of scholarships and grants still have to work to stretch their grocery budgets. While ramen noodles, peanut butter and mac & cheese might be easy to grab when you’re hungry, they might not be the best choices. Here is a list of easy grab and go foods for college students:

1.  Yogurt – they’re easy to take along in your book bag and can provide 40 percent of your daily calcium needs.

2.  Instant Oatmeal – in either individual packets or in bulk is nutritious and easy to cook in a microwave oven.

3.  Potatoes – Microwave a potato by poking holes in it with a fork. Throw in some frozen broccoli salsa, bacon bits or cheese to top it off.

4.  Eggs – Many stores will sell packs of 6 eggs so they won’t go bad before you get around to eating them. Make easy scrambled eggs in the microwave. Roll in a flour tortilla with shredded cheese and spinach leaves.

5.  Ramen noodles – You can improve the flavor and nutrition by tossing the sodium overloaded seasoning packet. Replace it with a handful of frozen mixed vegetables, a can of salad shrimp or canned chicken breast.

6.  Condiments – instead of spending money and taking up room with full size bottles of ketchup and mustard, grab a couple extra fast food packets when you’re out.

7.  Water – The best beverage for your waistline, skin and budget is water. Invest in a Brita water filter pitcher to improve the flavor.

8.  Tea bags – these are cheap and can be used to make hot or cold drinks.

9.  Canned tuna, chicken, shrimp – You can make salads or eat straight from the can.

10.  Fruit – Always a healthy choice, apples are always plentiful and affordable year round. Dried fruits are a good alternative as well.

11.  Veggies – Carrots, last a long time in the fridge.

12.  Avocados – Make your own guacamole with mashed avocado mixed with little mayonnaise and salsa.

13.  Rice – Quick rice can be made in the microwave and mixed with veggies, beans and cheese.

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