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.