You probably didn’t give a second thought to what you ate when you lived at home, because your mom or dad kept the kitchen stocked with healthy food items and prepared healthy meals. Just because you live in a dorm now doesn’t mean that you have to give up on good food and rely on cheap junk food. In today’s post, we’ll give you some of our best tips for eating healthy while living in a dorm.

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Opt for Fruit

When you’re in the cafeteria, be sure to grab one or two pieces of fruit like apples and bananas. While you may not want to eat them just then, you’ll be grateful later on when you’re hungry and need something to eat. Not only will they help to satisfy your empty stomach, but the nutritional density of whole fruits will help to keep you fuller for longer, which will help you avoid the temptation of consuming junk food.

Listen to Your Body

If you’re staying up late to work on a paper or project, you may try to ignore the growling noises your hungry stomach is making. Perhaps you heard someone say that it’s not good to eat late at night, and while this is true, it’s also important to listen to your body. Keep in mind that when you eat late at night, you want to be sure you’re choosing something lighter like popcorn or some dark chocolate. These will help to satisfy your hunger without ruining your nutrition.

Stock up on the Essentials

One of the best ways to support your healthy eating goals is to stock up on essential items that don’t need to be refrigerated. Since dorms are notorious for their lack of space, you know that you’re not going to be able to house a full-size refrigerator, oven, and pantry in your room. This doesn’t mean, however, that you have to resign yourself to eating junk food like pizza and ramen noodles. There are a number of healthy essentials that you can easily keep on hand to satisfy your hunger.


Oatmeal is a great meal to make for breakfast, as it will fill you up and keep you going through all of your morning classes. If you have a microwave in your dorm, you can mix your oats with some warm milk and honey. Don’t have a microwave? No worries! Simply prepare overnight oats in your fridge and carry a jar with you to class.

Cold Cereal

Cold cereal is more than just a breakfast option. Pulling an all-nighter to finish a paper or study for an exam? Pour yourself a bowl of cereal! Running low on supplies and the cafeteria is closed for the night? Enjoy a bowl of cold cereal. Desperate times may call for desperate measures, but when you have cereal on hand, you’ll never be hungry.


Honey is a great essential item to keep on hand, as it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, has a long shelf life, and can be used to sweeten oatmeal, bread, tea, and more. As a natural sweetener, it is a much healthier option than the artificial sweeteners you find in stores.

Nut Butters

If you don’t have a nut allergy, then you should definitely explore the nut butter options that extend well beyond peanuts! In fact, nut butters can be used in many more things than just sandwiches. From oatmeal and dressings to desserts and more, you are sure to enjoy nut butter in a variety of ways. One of the best ways to enjoy your favorite nut butter is to eat a big spoonful after a rough class or test.


Bread is something you should always have in your dorm since you can use it to make toast in the morning, a sandwich in the afternoon, or drizzled with honey for a late night treat. You can store bread in your fridge to extend its shelf life.

Canned or Boxed Soup

Soup is definitely a great comfort meal, especially on a cold and rainy day. Canned or boxed soup is a convenient staple to keep on hand since it doesn’t require special cooking utensils, equipment, or skills.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are healthy snack items that you should definitely keep in stock. They are perfect for munching on between classes and meal times, provide energy during an afternoon slump, and give your brain a boost during late-night study sessions.


The next time you’re at the store, be sure to grab a couple of individual containers of yogurt. Store them in your fridge and enjoy them as a quick and healthy breakfast, snack, or late-night treat. They are a great blend of protein, vitamins, and sweetness.


Cheese, in its many forms, makes a great snack, and is a great addition to sandwiches, burritos, and tacos. You can find it shredded, cubed, blocked, and more. For a quick and easy snacking option, be sure to grab a package of string cheese.

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When it comes to dorm life, there are a number of changes you’ll need to make, but giving up healthy eating doesn’t have to be one of them. Use today’s tips to learn how to maintain your healthy diet and contact Upper Crust Food Service to learn what we can do for your fraternity or sorority.