20 Easy Snack Ideas for Busy College Students

A list of good snacks for college students that are tasty, satisfying, easy to make, and cheap.

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This post is all about quick and easy snack ideas for college students that are tasty and delicious.

College life can be a whirlwind of classes, assignments, study hall, and social activities. In the midst of all this, you finding time to prepare wholesome meals and snacks can be a challenge.

Nutritious foods, like different types of fruit and vegetables, can make a great snack for busy people. Just be sure to wash and rinse fruit and vegetables well before preparing them to eat.

Washing, trimming, coring, and slicing fruits and vegetables ahead of time can give you something to snack on for a few days at a time when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Shelf stable foods, like bread, crackers, rice cakes, nuts, and seeds, can also make good foods to prepare for a snack.

Snack foods can help you survive through busy times at college, whether you have the midnight munchies or need a quick and easy pick me up in between classes and lectures. Here are some ideas on the best snack ideas for college students.

Quick + Easy Snacks for College Students


Apples are a great snack food. They can be long lasting, and they are very portable. You can toss one into your backpack or lunch bag for an easy snack during the day. Just be sure to wash the apples well before eating them.

Dip sliced apples into nut butter, seed butter, or hummus, for a tasty treat.


Bananas are another college snack food staple. High in potassium, bananas are a great breakfast food or snack for any time of day. Sliced bananas and nut butter or seed butter on toast, bagels, or rice cakes is an easy to make snack for busy people.


Broccoli is high in fiber and vitamins and nutrients. It’s also a green vegetable, so your parents will be proud.

Here is an easy snack hack: Buy a bag of precut broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, and baby carrots at the grocery store. It makes a great snack, and most of the work is already done for you.

Rinse and dry the vegetables, trim them, if needed, and eat the broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots with your favorite dip, like Greek yogurt vegetable dip or hummus.


Carrots are another great vegetable—orange, this time. Full of antioxidants and nutrients, and delicious on their own or eaten with creamy vegetable dip or hummus.

5—Dried Fruit.

If you have a sweet tooth, then dried fruit is one way to satisfy it. Dried apples, cranberries , mango, and raisins are just a few examples of the types of dried fruit that are available. Look for varieties without added sugar or preservatives for a healthier option.

6—Greek Yogurt.

Yogurt makes a quick and easy snack or breakfast idea. Add berries or sliced fruit and granola to yogurt to make it more satisfying and filling. Greek yogurt has more protein than plain yogurt, and it has a creamier texture, too.


Use hummus as a dip for pita chips, tortilla chips, or crackers, or spread it on top of rice cakes for a great snack. Broccoli florets, baby carrots, and sliced apples also taste great with hummus.


Salsa is a tasty dip for tortilla chips and warm, rolled up flour tortillas. In addition, salsa often contains fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and onions, adding a burst of flavor to a quick and easy snack.

9—Peanut Butter and Other Spreads.

Peanut butter, nut butter, sunflower seed butter, and chocolate hazelnut spreads make great toppings for breads, crackers, pretzels, and rice cakes.

10—Trail Mix.

Trail mix can be a great snack for college studying, trips, and cram sessions, and it’s easy to make your own, too.


Roasted chickpeas make a great (and cheap!) snack if you have an oven to use in your dorm building or apartment. They are also easy to make.

Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas, then dry the chicken off with a clean napkin or paper towel. Toss the chickpeas with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and then spread the chickpeas over the parchment paper.

Bake the chickpeas at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, or until the chickpeas are golden brown. Sprinkle the chickpeas with your favorite spices or seasonings, such as Everything Bagel Seasoning, and then let the chickpeas cool before serving.


Pretzels are a good salty snack, and they are great for spreading with or dipping into peanut butter, hummus, or sunflower seed butter, for example.

13—Tortilla Chips.

While tortilla chips may not be the healthiest choice, when eaten in moderation they are great for dipping into salsa, guacamole, and other dips. Look for organic, whole grain, or blue corn tortilla chips options for variety.

14—Rice Cakes.

Rice cakes are a perfect crunchy food to satisfy the urges to snack. Plain rice cakes are great for adding nut butter or sunflower seed butter and nutritious options like sliced banana or apple slices.

Rice cakes also make a great alternative to bread for making a version of avocado “toast” (spread mashed avocado over a rice cake, and layer the avocado with your favorite toppings).


Whole grain breads can be used to make a quick and filling breakfast or snack. Toasted bread with peanut butter (or other nut or seed butters) and sliced fruit or berries makes a great start to the morning.


Cereal can be cheap-ish and filling enough to satisfy for a few hours. Oatmeal tends to be an economical choice that can be dressed up in a variety of ways to make it taste delicious.


Ramen may not be the healthiest food, but it is certainly easy to make, cheap, and filling. Adding cooked meat, poultry, tofu, or plant based protein to ramen can add more protein, while sliced vegetables can add flavor and nutrients.

18—Protein Bars.

Protein bars can be a great way to add more protein to your diet. Plus, they are a convenient snack and easy to carry around.


Jerky is a popular snack food, as the variety of gourmet jerky options available shows, and it can be a good choice if you are looking for ways to add more protein to your snacking options.

20—Cheese and Crackers.

If you want to treat yourself while you study, make a mini charcuterie board. Cheese, deli sliced meat, jam, mustard, and fruit can be stored in a mini fridge, while crackers and nuts are shelf stable. Look for whole grain crackers to help add more nutrients and satisfaction to the plate.

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