Top Munchies-Satisfying Snacks for College Kids

Published: November 28, 2013

Everyone should know that familiar feeling of munchies during the middle of the night where they need to eat something, but either the dining hall is closed, food delivery is not a viable option, and/or they are feeling too lazy to cook something up in the dormitory kitchen space.

The answer to our problem is snacks!

  1. Maruchan Yakisoba

    You can easily find these in your supermarket/grocery store. The single-serve 4-oz. servings are microwaveable, and are very easy to make. There is no broth to it - hence, "yakisoba". The sauce is very flavorful, but the sodium content is relatively high - watch out!

    You can find these in your supermarket aisle for no less than $1 a packet.

  2. Shin Ramen (Cup)

    Most everybody knows the Shin Ramen, a favorite broth-style noodle from Korea. The cup version is much better for hungry college kids because of the relative ease of consumption - there is no need to cook it up in a pot or a skillet: you just pour boiling water, wait 3 minutes, and you're good to go.

    You can find these in packs on Amazon.com for about $1.25~1.50 per piece.

  3. Spaghetti O's

    Relive your childhood - Spaghetti O's. These were some of my favorite soups to eat, because they were simply delicious. Do watch out for the sodium content of the soup; they are quite high considering that these are 120-150 calories per can of Spaghetti O's.

    Open the can, dump them in a bowl, pop it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, and you're ready to go.

    Plus, promotions in stores sell them for $1/can.

  4. Easy Mac

    Instant macaroni and cheese - who would've guessed? Just add some water, pop it in the microwave for a little, let it sit for a while, add some sauce, mix and you're ready to go!

    These are PERFECT for your midnight munchies, but you can easily get sick of it if you eat more than one pack in one sitting. Watch out for the high sodium content! Don't burn your tongue!

    You can easily find them for less than a $1 per box.

  5. Wheat Thins

    Crunchy, savory, salty, saucy, zesty, tasty, crazy - Wheat Thins from Nabisco are some great whole-grain snacks for your hungry stomach while crunching out some papers throughout the night. You can also control your portions because Wheat Thins can come in large boxes - watch for those larger boxes at the chips/snacks aisles in grocery stores and supermarkets. Also, these are calorie-heavy - about 10 calories per piece of wheat thin!

There's definitely a large variety of snacks that one can crave while pulling an all nighter in college. However, college students tend to go for snacks that are salty and filling, which usually aren't the healthiest options - compared to boiled eggs, milk, yogurt, fruits, etc.

Plus, if your budget is on a squeeze, then these snack options are the way to go.

But don't neglect your health! Eat healthy, sleep well.