This is a guest post by Amanda Tarla of Wake Forest University.
College life has the tendency to get really busy. And by that I mean there are days when you wonder if you’ll be able to sleep because you have so much to do and the idea of a peaceful lunch in the middle of your hectic day is just completely out of the question. But you need something quick and easy to re-fuel during the day and the sugary candy and bags of chips from the convenience store just aren’t going to cut it. Here are a few healthy snacks for college students on the run to help you avoid that embarrassing stomach rumbling in your afternoon class.
1) Celery and peanut butter.
Celery and peanut better are choice healthy snacks for college students — they are the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that will satisfy any craving. Substitute almond butter or sun butter for an even healthier alternative.
2) Fresh fruit.
Super easy snack for college students — just grab a banana or apple on your way out the door! The fiber found in most fruits will fill you up between classes. If you prefer your fruit prepared a certain way like chopped pineapple or diced mango, do that the night before to simplify your morning routine.
3) Greek yogurt.
A great source of protein, Greek yogurt is sure to quell your appetite. The Chobani brand is everyone’s favorite (check out their new apple cinnamon and passion fruit flavors) but you can also get snack packs of cheaper Greek yogurt at your local grocery store.
Look for almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pistachios in particular. Snacking on a handful of nuts can help lower your cholesterol level and provide you with some healthy fatty acids. Feel free to mix together a few varieties and throw in some dried fruit or granola for a homemade trail mix.
Also known as soybeans, edamame are packed with antioxidants and protein. Sprinkle on some sea salt and enjoy! You can also buy them shelled if you’re looking for an even more convenient bite.
These healthy snacks for college students are all guaranteed to keep your energy level high throughout your hectic days. Try to prepare snacks the night before so you don’t forget in the morning and so you aren’t forced to settle for a sugary candy bar instead. Keep your refrigerator and pantry stocked with these foods and never be at a loss for a delicious snack again!
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