By Tasting Table

Published on October 21, 2017

Pin It
Photography by TRADER JOE’S

College is hard. You get five hours of sleep a night, teachers who see three essays a week as a “light” load and roommates who don’t believe in personal space. But in the midst of this chaos, there’s one constant that’s always there to comfort and nourish you: Trader Joe’s snacks.With its infinite supply of cheap, easy-to-make and delicious products, Trader Joe’s is a haven for college students. Forget the wall tapestry; your dorm room isn’t complete until you stock up on these 10 TJ’s snacks.

Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese 

Pure carbs and cheese: What’s not to like? Trader Joe’s takes this comfort food perfection one step further with the addition of New Mexican Hatch chiles. Whether you bake it in the student kitchen oven or zap it in a microwave, this frozen meal will warm your soul after hours spent in an overly air-conditioned classroom.

Two-Pound Bag of Apples

 Late-night pizza? Easy. Getting in the appropriate amount of fruit? Not as much. But Trader Joe’s two-pound apple bags are only $3 apiece, so there’s no excuse to skip your daily serving of fruit. Be it Honeycrisp or Granny Smith, your wallet (and health) will thank you.

Pin It
Photography by TRADER JOE’S

Sriracha Hummus

 Not only is hummus a choice pairing for the many chips you’re inevitably consuming, but it’s also an excellent source of protein. With everything from Sriracha to triple-layer to roasted garlic, you could practically major in Trader Joe’s hummus flavors.

Trader Ming’s Pad Thai 

If you have two minutes, you have enough time to bring this Trader Ming’s meal to life. And if pad Thai isn’t your thing, these boxed noodles also come in satay and kung pao versions. Pick your favorite, grab your chopsticks and dive in. 

Mango Mango Mochi

 With delicious flavors like mango, chocolate, matcha and pumpkin pie, this handheld treat is a fun alternative to eating an entire pint of ice cream and calling it dinner.

Pin It
Photography by TRADER JOE’S

Just the Clusters Granola Cereal

 Don’t try slogging through back-to-back classes before you’ve had a bowl of hearty cereal. Trader Joe’s clustered granola cereals are just the thing. But don’t just stick to the usual cereal-and-milk combination. Grab a mason jar and make a fruit, yogurt and granola parfait as an ideal portable breakfast, lunch or snack for those busy days of nonstop madness.

Greek Yogurt (or Any Yogurt)

 Speaking of yogurt, Trader Joe’s also has a giant selection of Greek as well as regular and even dairy-free yogurts. Try deliciously offbeat flavors like PB&J and citrus avocado, or stick to traditional options like vanilla bean Greek whole milk, plain nonfat Greek and organic lowfat. Try adding a scoop of nut butter for a double-protein boost when you feel like you’ve been living on coffee and potato chips for too long.

Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

 Most coffee shops upcharge heavily for cold brew. But $8 will get you enough Trader Joe’s concentrate to make four eight-ounce cups—which, for all you non-math majors out there, rings in at just $2 a cup.

Pin It
Photography by TRADER JOE’S

Mixed Nut Butter 

Stock up on all the nut butter options Trader Joe’s has to offer and boost your PB&J to the next level. If you are feeling ambitious (and have a toaster in your dorm room), try toasting your bread first to give the sandwich a little more texture contrast.

Pita Chips

 TJ’s has several flavors, but we’re big on the cinnamon sugar variety: Dip one in apple or pumpkin butter, and it’s like a mini pie in your mouth. Try learning that one in class.

This story was originally published by Olivia Roos on Tasting Table.

Related Reading:

The Best Meal Subscription Service, According to Your Eating Habits
These Easy Crockpot Soups Require Minimal Time and Cleanup
The 10 Best Snacks at Trader Joe’s for Under $5 Each

Privacy Preference Center

Multiply

These cookies are used to collect information about traffic to this website and how users interface with this website.

mx_bucket_*, mx_cookie, mx_uuid, mx_xp_d, xp_xp_m_android, xgeo, xroll