Eating 3 square meals a day in college can be a challenge. Sometimes your schedule gets busy and you may not have time to sit down and eat or maybe it’s too late to get to the dining hall. Times like those are when we grab for a bag of chips or candy. The problem with these types of snacks is that they are often not nutritious and only leave us wanting more. Whether you need a quick pick me up before class or something to munch on while you’re binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, here are 5 healthier snack options to satisfy your hunger and give you the energy you need to get you through the day.
- Fresh fruit and veggies
- Starting with the obvious, fruits and vegetables are some of the easiest ways to fuel up. These whole foods are great because many require little to no preparation and provide tons of nutrients. Bananas and apples are some of my favorites and go great with a spoonful of peanut butter. As far as vegetables go, baby carrots, cucumbers, celery and broccoli are easy options. I find it easiest to cut them up at the beginning of the week so they’re ready when you are.
- Sometimes you just crave something crunchy and salty. While you may think grabbing a bag of potato chips is your only option to satisfy that craving, popcorn can be a great alternative! Go with a low salt, low butter option to keep it healthiest. You can turn your popcorn into a trail mix by adding raisins, dark chocolate chips, and nuts like almonds.
- If you’re in the mood for something sweet, low fat or greek yogurt can be a great option. A bonus of eating greek yogurt is that it has more protein than normal yogurt which can help to get you through your morning or keep you going during a long study session. If you’re looking to add some crunch, top your yogurt with granola.
- Hummus is a great snack choice. It’s super versatile and comes in so many delicious flavors. Not only is it great dip for pita, it also goes well with pretzel sticks and vegetables like carrots or celery. You can also use hummus as a spread on rice cakes, wraps, or sandwiches.
- Toast is another snack that has a wide range of possibilities. Grab a whole grain piece of toast and top with anything from cream cheese to vegetables. Going with toppings like peanut butter and banana are a good way to help satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re in the mood for something a little more savory cook up an egg in the microwave and throw it on top of the toast with some tomato or avocado slices.
Although healthy snacking can seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of different ways to have filling snack while keeping to a healthy diet. The key is sticking to whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.