In case you’re not a fan of dining hall food (wait, you don’t like mystery meat and sketchy vegetables?), stock up on these snacks that will get you through late-night study sessions, homesickness and, let’s be honest, hangovers.
If you have approximately three minutes and a microwave, you’re guaranteed a snack to fill your stomach. You’ll also most definitely make at least five new friends when the smell of popcorn fills the hallway and hungry hallmates wander toward the smell.
Peanut butter will give you the protein you might miss by skipping that dining hall mystery meat. Plus, pair peanut butter with almost anything and that snack has just gotten 10 times better. Try peanut butter with apples, Oreos, bananas, Nilla Wafers and pretzels.
Add almonds to the list of healthy proteins. They’re also said to boost immunity. Combine shared spaces with tons of people and the uncleanliness that comes with being in college, and you’re going to need as many things as possible to boost your immune system.
You might be ambitious and have it in your head that you’re going to have a bountiful meal in the dining hall before your 8 a.m. class, but reality will set in some days and you might not make it out of bed before 7:50 a.m. When that happens, you can’t expect to start your day on an empty stomach, so have a stash of power bars to munch on as you power-walk to class.
Make sure to have a bag of pretzels so you can dip them in your peanut butter for a quick power snack. If that’s not your thing, pretzels are still the perfect food to bring to a study session in the library or have for a late-night snack.
Whether it happens to be you or your friend down the hall, there will be a time when some food is needed to help cure a hangover. Bland, salty and easy on the stomach, Saltines are a good bet if you want to settle your stomach.
For the days you’re missing home, just failed a test or feel like watching Netflix on a gloomy rainy day, you’re going to need some sweets. I don’t care if you’re determined not to gain the Freshman 15, everyone needs some sweets every once in a while. So whether your comfort food is a chocolate bar, a bag of gummy worms or an entire package of Publix cookies (hey, don’t judge), make sure you have sugar stored somewhere in your abode.
Honorable mentions: Your favorite dry cereal, wasabi peas, bananas (just don’t let them sit around for too long!), coconut water, dried fruit