Clean Eating Grocery List for a New Semester

Summer is now surely drifting away like the end of a weekend long musical festival, trip across the globe, and the dog days of a blooming romance that could have been. While the end is bittersweet, new things are quickly sparking as a new college semester arises.

Studying a new language, meeting new friends, or simply introducing a challenging workout routine into your schedule may be just the change necessary to put a little spark in your step.

Nevertheless, it’s the perfect opportunity to hop off and recover from the summer treats. Ice cream pops, double cheeseburgers, and alcohol from picnics and bonfires will still be around come next summer.

It’s your year to vow to stick to a clean eating routine because your body deserves it. Vow to treat your body like the holy grail that it is. Vow to treat yourself and keep it 80/20. Vow to love yourself, exercise, and keep an open mind.

Clean eating in college does not have to be brain science even when on a budget. Ditch the processed foods and snacks and take this list with you to the nearest grocery store as you prep to start the school year off on a healthy note.

Here’s a little sneak peak of some of my own pre-semester food shopping:




Grocery Shopping Essentials:



Turkey Bacon

Tomatoes, Spinach, Onions

Oatmeal, Loose and Microwavable Packages

Peanut Butter

Chia Seeds

Almond, Soy, or Low Fat Milk

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Low Sugar Cereals, Special K Chocolate Delight and Honey Bunches of Oats

Whole Wheat Waffle Mix

Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, Watermelon

Greek Yogurt

Ground Cinnamon

Whole Wheat or Multi Grain Bagels

Reduced Fat Cream Cheese




Sliced Deli Oven Roasted Turkey or Honey Ham

Lowfat or Thin Cheese Slices

Whole Wheat or Multi Grain Sliced Bread

Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Mixed Greens

Whole Wheat Tortillas

Canned Tuna in Water

Light Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Mustard

Sriracha and Hot Sauce

Black Pepper, Salt

Canned Soups, Tomato and Chicken Vegetable


Whole Wheat Pasta

Tomato Basil Spaghetti Sauce

Ground Turkey



Brown Rice (microwavable bowls)

Black Beans

Lean Boneless Chicken Breast

Green Beans, Asparagus, Packaged Greens, Cucumbers

Broccoli Stir Fry Vegetable Mix

Salad Dressing, Stir Fry Sauce, Soy Sauce


Reduced Fat Cheese Sticks

Boom Chicka Pop Low Calorie Sea Salt Popcorn

Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Grapes

Trail Mix, Dried Fruits

Dark Chocolate, Dove Squares

Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, Frozen Yogurt or Sorbet

Multigrain Crackers

Kashi, Cliff, or Quest Bars

Tortilla Chips


Extra Goodies 

Vanilla Extract

Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder

Cooking Spray

Vegetable Oil

Coconut Flakes


Chocolate Chips


Water! Invest in a solid water bottle to refill on campus for free!

Protein Powder


Orange Juice

Green Tea

Tips and Tricks


Stick to seasonal produce when looking to cut costs. Seasonal= less $$$ and more freshness.

Buy in bulk. Non perishables liked canned goods, snack bars, and crackers can be bought in bulk to last the semester.

Read the labels! Make sure you’re incorporating fiber, sugar, carbs, and protein into every meal.

Check out a cookbook! You might think there is absolutely nothing to make with the ingredients you already have, but there’s always room to get creative.

Join in the conversation and tell me what else is on your college grocery list!


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