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
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!
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 Applesauce
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
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.
Or this: Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese
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!
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).