Freshman 15 Free Fruit Salad: Weekend Eats

easy to make fruit salad for college students

Level of Effort: Easy
Cost of Ingredients: $3.49
Nutrition Info (1 helping): 356 calories, 0.4 g fat, 1.8 g protein, 3.5 g fiber, 46.2 g carbs

Think the “freshman 15” is just a myth and won’t happen to you?

Maybe it won’t. But I remember seeing it happen to a few of my first year friends. The extra weight tends to sneak up on you once classes, papers and mid-terms shift into high gear.


One way to satisfy a nagging sweet tooth is to eat natural sweets without added sugar.

freshman 15 free fruit salad

Start by slicing a handful of red seedless grapes (or fresh ripe strawberries) in half.

freshman 15 free fruit salad

Peel and slice a fresh kiwi (I share how to do this in seconds in the free cup of recipes you get when you subscribe to the newsletter – not peddling, just saying).

freshman 15 free fruit salad

Peel and slice a banana, add some canned fruit (so you don’t have to do any more peeling and slicing) and toss it together in a bowl. Finish with a few squeezes of fresh lime juice, a spoonful of honey and a splash of orange juice!


This fruit salad is sweeter than a processed pop tart and more satisfying than a chubby doughnut.

Keep a bowl in the fridge as a nutritious breakfast, a vitamin-rich afternoon snack or healthy evening dessert!

“Freshman 15” Free Fruit Salad

Healthy snack to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Easy Snack Recipe for College Students

Printable Recipe

MAKES: 4 Helpings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: none
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 can (398 ml / 14 oz) pineapple chunks [$1.19]
  • 1 can ( 284 ml / 10 oz) Mandarin Oranges, drained [$0.85]
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved [$0.16]
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled, halved and sliced [$0.50]
  • 1 large banana, sliced [$0.23]
  • 1 tbsp honey [$0.12]
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice [$0.30]
  • 1/4 cup orange juice [$0.14]


  1. Pour pineapples with juice in a large bowl or container.
  2. Add oranges, grapes, kiwi, banana, honey, lime juice and orange juice.
  3. Gently stir to combine.
  4. Chill before eating! 

Easy Snack Recipe for College Students

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