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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

As much as we all probably wish it could be, keeping up a healthy diet when you’re living in a dorm room isn’t as easy as you would hope. While you might think that the meal plan you’ve signed up for will be more than enough to keep you both satiated and healthy - after all, how else are you going to be able to eat entire meals? - but you may want to think about stocking up on some snacks for your dorm room, as well.

Dining halls are great in theory (and in practice when you have the time), but that doesn’t mean that they’re without their flaws. They’re usually crowded, which doesn’t bode well for you if you’re the kind of person who likes to try to get some work done while you eat. Not to mention, they’re usually located just far enough away that you won’t have time to stop by and eat in the midst of a particularly packed day of classes.

Having snacks in your dorm room is a safeguard against both of these. Rather than trying to block out the noise in the dining hall with some headphones that are equally as distracting, you can grab a small handful of healthy snacks from your dorm room and take them to the library with you. It’s also super easy to stick some snacks in your backpack to take to class with you. And when you’ve had a long day and don’t really have the energy to go out to get one last meal before bed? A healthy snack right in your dorm room will tide you over until morning!

Here are the 4 healthiest, tastiest snacks to keep in your dorm room this year:

Stock up on some extra protein for your dorm room to keep you healthy on the days you just don’t have time to make it over to the dining hall for three square meals.

1. Get nutty with some nuts and nut butters

Nuts are nature’s gift to the world, so we’re pretty sure you should take advantage of them in whatever way you can.  Whether you’re munching on some peanuts or any one of the many varieties of tree nuts, you’re guaranteed to be in for a healthy, tasty treat. They’re packed with proteins and those healthy fats that help to lower your cholesterol, not to mention fiber and vitamins and minerals to keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy.

If you like a little bit of variety, you might want to look into getting a selection of mixed nuts to snack on. Most come with a combination of almonds, cashews, and peanuts, as well as one or two other varieties of tree nuts. We recommend aiming to get an unsalted mix if you’re hoping to keep your snacks as healthy as possible. You can eat a handful of just nuts if you want, or you could toss them in with some dried fruit for a little homemade trail mix to tide you over between classes. The only real downside to nuts is that they’re very high in calories, so you’ll want to make sure to portion them correctly if you’re hoping to get the best health benefits out of them.

On the flip side, though, one of the best things about nuts is that most of them can be made into different spreadable butters, and they are absolutely delicious. You can stick with a jar of the classic all natural peanut butter, or you could get a bit more adventurous with some less common creamy, nutty flavors like almond or cashew butter. You can spread your nut butter over a piece of whole grain bread for a quick snack, or even snag an apple from the dining hall to dip into it.

Many people write off oatmeal as a snack that has too little flavor, but there’s nothing that says you can’t add your own flavors to it. The health benefits are too good to pass up on!

2. Start your day the right way with some oatmeal

Everyone has different levels of hunger from the moment they first wake up in the morning. Whether you’re on the hungrier or the less hungry end of the spectrum, oatmeal is a great middle-ground breakfast snack. Not super filling on its own, it’s something you can enjoy plain in the early morning that will tide you over until later in the day if you’re never very hungry when you first wake up. At the same time, it’s the kind of blank slate that you can easily add other ingredients to for a more flavorful and filling snack if you’re on the hungrier side when you wake.

As one of the healthiest grains on earth, oats are full of important nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals, and even antioxidants, not to mention gluten free. Oatmeal is just a nifty way of cooking up those oats into something a little creamier and easier to chew. Even better - it helps to protect you against heart disease. We recommend hooking yourself up with some pre-packaged mixes since you probably won’t have access to much besides a microwave in terms of cooking. 

Stick to original, plain oatmeal if you’re looking to enjoy it in the healthiest way possible. While you can absolutely get yourself some flavored instant oatmeal, we’ve found that those tend to have a lot of added sugars that make them less healthy for you. Instead, snag a banana from the dining hall or grab yourself a carton of fresh fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, to add to your oatmeal for extra flavor. You can even throw in some of your mixed nuts or a sprinkle of brown sugar for a little extra sweetness or texture!

Vegging out just got a whole new meaning! There’s nothing lazy about enjoying a healthy snack in the brief window you have between classes, and hummus is right up there with some of the best.

3. Scoop up some hummus for a healthy savory snack

Perhaps one of the most underrated healthy snacks to keep around in your dorm room, hummus is one of those things that people either love or hate. If you love it, you should definitely keep some in your dorm room; if you’ve never tried it, you should get some to try out as a dorm room snack. Made up of chickpeas, hummus probably isn’t the kind of snack you want to have early in the morning because of how savory it is, but if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to abide by inane rules about eating, you can snack on it whenever you want!

Hummus is the perfect snack for vegetarians. Packed full of plant-based proteins, it’s a simple great way for you to work some protein into your diet with periodic snacking. On top of this, it contains plenty of fiber, as well as ten different vitamins and minerals. Now that’s what we call healthy snacking! You can grab yourself some classic hummus to enjoy at your leisure, or you can opt for something flavored, such as roasted red pepper or roasted garlic hummus. Either way, it’s going to have so much flavor we’re already salivating.

Hummus is like a savory, more textured version of those nut butters we mentioned up above. It’s perfect for dipping, and believe us when we say that you won’t be able to get enough of it (at least until it fills you up). Pita bread is a fan favorite when it comes to hummus pairings, veggies are another great thing to pair with it. We’re particularly fond of carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, but you can use whatever veggies you’re most fond of.

4. Keep it simple with some vanilla yogurt

They say that breakfast is the most important part of the day, but that’s a lot easier said than done for a lot of people. If you’re the kind of person who wants to be a morning person who’s hungry from the second they wake up - not to mention someone who can wake up early enough to have spare time to enjoy breakfast - but aren’t quite there yet, there are still options for you. Yogurt is a super light breakfast option that won’t leave you feeling a touch too full to be comfortable but that will still give you the energy you need to start your day.

Unless you’re lactose intolerant, yogurt probably has some of the best health benefits out of all the snacks we’ve listed. Rich in calcium, protein, and plenty of vitamins a good yogurt can meet half of your dietary needs in a single day! Perhaps even more important is its source of probiotics, which help to boost your immune system and keep you from getting sick. (And we all know how easy it is to get sick when you’re living in a college dorm.) We recommend investing in some low-fat vanilla yogurt if you’re looking for the healthiest, yet most versatile way to enjoy yogurt.

While flavored yogurts may seem more appealing, you should probably be careful about picking them out. Yogurt can quickly go from healthy to unhealthy with options that have added sugar or unnecessary preservatives. If you stick to something classic like low-fat vanilla yogurt, you can easily dress it up with fresh fruit you’ve swiped from the dining hall or even some granola for an even healthier and more flavorful snack. Enjoy it first thing in the morning or even as an afternoon snack if you find yourself hungry but not quite enough to go all-in for an early dinner.

A deliciously healthy care package full of healthy snacks is a great way to help your favorite college student get through anything the semester throws at them. Image courtesy of OCM.

Eating regular meals while you’re living in a college dorm isn’t always easy. Some weeks, you may need to rely primarily on snacks to keep you going throughout the day, so you might as well opt for some of the healthiest options to keep on hand. These are the healthiest and the tastiest.