How to Stock Your Freshman’s Fridge Like a Pro

If watching your baby bird fly away from the nest is hard, dropping them off at their freshman dorm with an empty fridge is impossible. Kick off their new adventure with a trip to the grocery store to pack their fridge with nutritious foods they can take on-the-go. It still won’t be easy, but at least you can watch them soar knowing they’re eating well.

Start with Breakfast Essentials

Mix and match at least two of these breakfast items to set up your student with a morning meal that’s full of protein and fiber.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Grab a package that’s pre-peeled for a breakfast packed with protein they can enjoy even when they’re running late.


When in a pinch, frozen waffles can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in-between! Check the back of the box to make sure your pick is loaded with plenty of fiber.
Check out more fiber-filled foods here!

Greek Yogurt

Save your kiddo from a rumbling stomach—one spoonful of protein and probiotics at a time.

Don’t Skimp on Sandwich Staples

Make room for a loaf a bread packed with fiber and your student’s favorite sandwich materials!

Here are a few of our faves:

  • Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Cheese(s)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Lunch meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly

Remember the #Snacks

Easily accessible healthy snacks are your kiddo’s best defense against the dreaded freshman 15.

Mini Carrot Packets

Munch on! Carrots are low-cal and full of Vitamin A and antioxidants.

Sabra Classic Hummus with Pretzels

Mini, snackable packages of Sabra Classic Hummus with Pretzels are full of protein, so your student will stay full longer, ditching empty calories.

100-Calorie Guacamole Packs

These individual packs make it easy for controlling portion size on-the-go. Just toss a few tortilla chips in a ziplock baggie, and your student is ready to guac and roll.

Pre-Sliced Fruit

Pre-sliced packages of fruit are convenient and full of fiber and antioxidants. Grab a few of your student’s faves for a healthy go-to side dish or snack.

Cheese Sticks

Individually packaged string cheese sticks are an awesome (and tasty) protein-packed snack.

Fill Up That Freezer

It’s all fun and games until the cafeteria is closed. Make sure they’re ready with these freezer staples.

Pre-Cooked Chicken

Grab a bag of frozen, pre-cooked grilled chicken strips and portion out serving sizes into quart-sized baggies, so all your student has to do is pop them in the microwave.

Frozen Veggies

Toss in a few bags of frozen, microwavable veggies. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Ben & Jerry’s

A pint or two of Ben & Jerry’s never hurt anybody.

Remind Them to Hydrate

A few ideas to help them say “no” to the unlimited soda in the caf.


Invest in a BritaⓇ Water Pitcher to give your student unlimited access to fresh, clean water (so they don’t have to ingest the questionable sink water).


A half-gallon is the perfect size for wetting their cereal without taking up too much precious fridge space.

Good Luck, College Mommas!

You’re ready to pack your freshman’s fridge like a pro. Now, we just have to figure out how to get them to visit more often.

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