We've all heard of the dreaded freshman fifteen. People always warn college kids not to overload their plates in the dining hall, but no one ever warns us about the dangers of after-class snacking. After a long day of classes, all anyone can think about is coming back to the dorms and eating everything and anything in sight. Although chips and candy may be fun at first, those extra calories will add up quick! Instead, head to Walmart and pick up some of these healthy snacks.

Fruit Snacks

Lexi Minutillo

Fruit snacks are perfect for when you need to grab a snack quickly between classes. Welch's offers a variety of different flavors, so you are sure to find one that you love! With each pack only containing 80 calories, they are a great, guilt-free option.  

Rice Cakes

Lexi Minutillo

Rice cakes are by far my favorite dorm room snack. They seem to have a reputation for being bland or boring, but there are so many different food combinations you can try! It's so easy to upgrade your rice cake with avocado or peanut butter. You can even use them as a substitute for bread, making any sandwich gluten-free.


Lexi Minutillo

You'll never be bored with all the options that are available for these bars! Lärabar is known for its low ingredient count, so you always know exactly what is going into the food that you are going to eat. Many of the flavors only contain fruit, nuts, and spices. Plus, many of the bars are gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, soy-free and vegan. These are the perfect on-the-go breakfast that will curb your hunger, while also tasting incredible!

Halo Top

Lexi Minutillo

This ice cream is so satisfying! Halo Top is available in a variety of flavors; some of which are even dairy-free. It's so easy to eat an entire pint in one sitting, but you'll never feel bad about it because each one only has between 280-360 calories. Next time your sweet-tooth is acting up, be sure to stock up on this tasty treat.

Boom Chicka Pop

Lexi Minutillo

Boom Chicka Pop prides itself on offering amazing tasting popcorn at a lower calorie count than other leading brands. The company makes a wide variety of flavors, offering sweet to savory and everything in between. Next time you're going to binge-watch Netflix, pour yourself a bowl of Boom Chicka Pop and enjoy your new healthy snack.


pretzel, salt, pastry
Isabel Wang

When you are craving the crunch of a chip, reach for the bag of pretzels instead. Pretzels are only 108 calories per ounce, while one ounce of chips contains a whopping 152 calories. You'll still get the same satisfaction that comes with a crunchy, salty snack, but you'll be saving so many calories.

So next time you're shopping for your after-class snacks, be sure to try one or more of these healthy treats that you can easily find at the local Walmart.