Cooking healthy in college doesn’t have to be hard! When you know what to get from the grocery store it can make it simple. Check out this easy and healthy grocery staples list to get you started on becoming a better you this year!

Today my friend Hailey is here to help you kick your new year's resolution of eating healthier into full gear! As a college student herself, Hailey totally understands how hard it can be to eat healthy with a busy lifestyle, so she has crafted a great grocery list to give all college students and millennials the perfect starting point to discovering just how easy it is to eat healthy. Read what she has to say and download the shopping list below!

In order to eat healthy, we must surround ourselves with foods that are meant to fuel our body correctly. The first and most crucial step to achieving this is creating the right grocery list. I want to share with you what a healthy grocery list for college-aged adults looks like. I organized it based on pantry, refrigerator, and freezer staples. I personally eat a gluten-free diet, so everything listed is GF!

The grocery stores that I frequent are Lucky’s Market and Trader Joe’s. These stores are fairly priced and provide delicious and fresh foods all year long. It’s important to visit all of the grocery stores in your area to find one that fits your needs the best. Make sure to pay attention to the quality of produce and meat that they offer, as well as weekly sales. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive; I currently spend around $50 a week on groceries.

At any given time, most of these foods listed are in my kitchen. Of course I buy other foods, which could be seasonal produce or specials at the grocery store. I believe that with a good base of ingredients there are so many possibilities to be creative in the kitchen. Sometimes, all you need is a new spice to spark inspiration for a delicious, new meal.

College is an incredibly busy time in our lives, so I suggest cooking your vegetables, meat, and rice or quinoa all at once, and storing them in the fridge for the week. This saves time and gives you the opportunity to make a variety of dishes throughout the week. If you are away from your dorm or apartment most of the day, it’s helpful to pack your meals the evening before, so that you don’t have to stress about it in the morning!

The secret formula to being healthy in college is to have a healthy grocery list, pick one day to cook everything, and pack your meals the night before. This provides you healthy and stress free options to grab all week long!

The Grocery List

Download a PDF version of this shopping list here!

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Healthy Recipes to Try

Here are some of my favorite recipes that you can make with these ingredients:

Warm Kale Salad

Chili Chicken

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dinner

About Hailey

My name is Hailey and I am senior at The Ohio State University studying Health Promotion, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. I have a strong passion for wellness, and believe that everyone can find their own healthy balance in their lives. Eating foods that make you feel your best, exercising to release stress, and finding time to do yoga and meditate are all ways that you can find your healthy balance. My goal is to guide you on that journey to balance the best that I can.

Check out my blog: Health by Hailey

Easy and Healthy Grocery Staples

3 thoughts on “Easy and Healthy Grocery Staples

  • February 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I love how you incorporated recipes for college students. I agree, college students are busy and do not have time to be healthy 24/7. Your grocery list can help a student see what they should be eating v what they are eating now to change their habits and improve their health.

    • February 21, 2017 at 12:07 am

      This looks great! Thanks for sharing, Katlyn.


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