Everyone has their favorite item from Trader Joe’s. From candies to chocolates and from hummus to chips, there’s a plethora of options that can please any palate. For us college students though, we want the foods that can easily be stored and enjoyed in our shoebox-sized rooms that, sadly, are not equipped with any sort of kitchen. Luckily, Trader Joe’s provides some easy options for dorm dwellers. Here are some of our favorite goodies to snack on in your dorm room.

1. Snack Attack: Trail Mix
Trader Joe’s is the king of trail mixes: it has options that are sweet, salty, healthy and everything in between. My personal favorite is a classic called Rainbow’s End that contains peanuts, almonds, raisins and M&M’s. If you want an extra treat, try the Tempting Mix, which contains chocolate and peanut butter chips in addition to nuts and berries. Their trail mixes are perfect to satisfy that midday hunger, or to grab on your way to your next class.

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2. Breakfast Time: Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is not only a filling and healthy breakfast option, but it tastes great as well. Trader Joe’s Greek yogurts are slightly less expensive than other well-known brands, making them a great option for college students. They will also fit very snugly into your extremely tiny dorm room fridge, and make for an easy, on-the-go breakfast.

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3. Sweet Cravings: Cookie Butter
If you haven’t heard of Trader Joe’s cookie butter, you must be living under a rock. For those unfortunate souls who have yet to taste its glory, cookie butter is simply a creamy spread made out of gingersnap cookies. It’s perfect for smearing on apples, putting on ice cream or my personal favorite, shoving it into your mouth with a spoon. The best part? Like peanut butter, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so you can keep it in your dorm room for a while (though it probably won’t last that long). Trader Joe’s also just released a Cookies ‘n’ Cream form of cookie butter, which is essentially an Oreo version of the original. I’d buy both if I were you.

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4. Healthy Dips: Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole
A get-together with friends is never complete without some chips and dip. For those of us who feel like we need to balance out all the Domino’s, Trader Joe’s has just the thing. This guacamole is made with Greek yogurt, which lends a nice tang to the mix and cuts the fat and calorie content. So go ahead, eat the whole tub with your roomie – no guilt involved.

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