What do you buy at the grocery store when space is at a premium and your roommate is likely to eat anything in sight?
Most roomies, unless they are totally into healthy living, seem to survive on all the junk food they can find. So chances are that if you buy healthier foods, they might actually be safe (roommate rules notwithstanding). But it can be hard to know what to buy to keep your meals interesting, and with a fridge that small, you have to learn how to not only shop for 1, but maybe even shop for 1/2. So here’s a clean eating dorm room grocery list to get you started. Change it to suit your needs!
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 apple
- 1 orange (save the zest!)
- 1 lemon (save the zest!)
- 2 limes (save the zest!)
- 1 avocado
- 2 zucchini
- 1 small bag fresh spinach
- 1 tomato
- 1 small package fresh berries
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 quart organic, pastured milk
- 1 small block whole-fat cheddar cheese
- 1/2 dozen eggs
- 1 rotisserie chicken (pre-cooked, read the ingredients!) – This breaks down pretty well when you disassemble it and discard what you can’t eat.
- Small container plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 – 1/2 lb. whole wheat pastry flour (for pancakes!)
- 1 small package brown rice
- 1 small package quinoa
- 1 package clean tortillas
- 1 loaf clean, whole grain bread
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Ground cumin
- Salt & Pepper
- Dill – for fish and making ranch dressing
- Small jar yellow mustard
- Small bottle of balsamic vinegar
- Popcorn kernels – Not the packaged ones. Buy the jar and pour about 2 tbsp. into a small, brown paper lunch bag. Pop in the microwave.
- Small jar of clean salsa
- 1 can of clean, refried beans
- 1 can of clean, black beans
- 1 small jar clean peanut butter
- 1 or 2 gallon jug distilled water (doubles for appliances that need water)
- Tea of any variety (just check the ingredients to make sure it’s clean!)
Also, scout out your campus so you know where healthier foods are located. A chicken salad from the cafeteria with your own, clean dressing can be a wonderful meal.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other ideas!