Late night study sessions, early morning classes and dorm room movie nights all call for on-hand and on-the-go snacks. Whether you’re living in the dorms or off campus (I know my grocery list has not evolved since moving off campus!), these easy foods are a must for a busy yet healthy lifestyle

1. Popcorn 

Upgrade your movie nights with a lighter version of the movie theater style popcorn. Avoid the heavily buttered and salted microwave popcorn with lighter Kettle Corn. If you’re craving a salty snack, opt for the individual sized packages to help yourself from over indulging.

Try this: Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop!popcorn

2. Fruit

We all know “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but sometimes eating fresh fruit is easier said then done. When you don’t want to buy whole apples, applesauce is a great longer-lasting alternative. They have different flavor combinations and mobile packages to switch up your mid-morning snack.

Try this: Mott’s No Sugar Added ApplesauceApplesauce

3. Protein Bars

Don’t skip breakfast! Your brain and body need fuel to get through the day. If you don’t have time before that 8am lab, a quick alternative is a breakfast or protein bar. However, be aware that some bars are designed as meal replacements, while others are designed as a smaller snack. The calories and nutrients will vary between the two so make the best choice for your lifestyle.

Try this: Luna Nutz over Chocolate luna

4. Cheese 

Studies have shown that cheese can be addicting. Yes, seriously! No wonder for all of those mac and cheese cravings! The bonus: cheese is surprisingly packed with protein. These snacks are small enough to take with you to class or leave in the mini-fridge.

Try this: Mini Babybell Light Cheese Wheelsbabybell

Or this: Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheesecheese stick

5. Chips

If you’re craving a crunchy chip, try a black bean chip or multi-grain cracker. Use them to dip in hummus or stack them with cheese. Most are lower in sodium and saturated fat compared to a traditional potato chip. Veggies straws have a texture more similar to a potato chip yet have an extra flavor kick. Plus, adding to your daily serving of vegetables is never a bad thing!

Try this: Garden Veggie Zesty Ranch Strawsveggie straw

6. Nuts

Fuel up for your workout or an outdoor adventure with this traditional trail mix. Nuts provide protein while dried fruit contains antioxidants (the chocolate is a bonus to satisfy a sweet tooth).

Try this: Planters Nut & Chocolate Trail MixTrail Mix

 

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