Class schedules in college can sometimes be all over the place. You might have class at 8am and have it all the way up until 4:00 in the afternoon! Finding time to eat meals that can give you energy to get through the day might be kind of hard. Also, you might realize that you’re spending way more money on meals and snacks from places on campus than you initially wanted to (& most times these options aren’t the healthiest). Here are some snack ideas you can prepare ahead of time or grab on your way out the door in the morning & hopefully they can keep you energized throughout the day!
Almonds contain healthy fats, about 6g of protein per ounce, high in fiber, and can help curb you appetite when you’re feeling hungry. Dark chocolate almonds are also a delicious option if you don’t like regular almonds.
Applesauce can make for a great snack, and it’d be easy to put in your backpack. However, some of the applesauce brands (like the one pictured above) can be filled with a lot of added sugar, which you should consume a minimum amount of per day. BUT Every once in a while won’t kill ya’, and you can buy organic apple sauce that contains less calories and a less amount of sugar. Apples make for a great snack, so whether you grab applesauce or an apple as you’re running out the door, either way you’ll be getting some Vitamin C (& maybe some fiber if you eat the skin).
3. Hardboiled eggs
Hardboiled eggs are a great snack because they have about 6g of protein per egg. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to keep these in your backpack all day (& probably wouldn’t want to eat them in a confined classroom where everyone could smell them), but grabbing them in the morning or eating them on the way to class would be a great option!
Fruit is a great option for a snack because you’d just have to chop a few up and put them in a tupperware to eat on throughout the day. I had a friend who would bring a container full of chopped strawberries and a banana to class every other day, and it always looked so yummy! This is easy & its a sweet and healthy snack option compared to grabbing your favorite frappuccino or breakfast bar thats full of added sugar!
5. Celery and Peanut Butter
Celery & Peanut Butter is a classic snack. I’m sure your mom made this for you when you were little, and put raisins on it and called it “Ants on a Log”. But hey, you’re never too old to pack this as a snack, and its a way to incorporate a vegetable into your day and some protein from the peanut butter!
6. Carrot sticks with Lite Ranch
7. Trail Mix
Trail Mix is a great option because they’re full of protein and vitamins. Nuts always make a for a great snack, however, I would say to portion out the serving size and put it in a ziplock bag. Although nuts contain the “good” kind of fat, a lot of calories also come from it. So portion size is key.
9. Tuna Packets
Tuna may be a food that some people are completely and totally turned off to & that’s okay! (This snack probably isn’t a good option for you) But for those of you who LOVE tuna (like I do), Tuna makes for a great snack due to the fact that it’s packed with protein, which will help make you feel full longer. A 2.6 oz pouch from StarKist contains 17g of protein!!! If plain tuna in water doesn’t sound very good to you, try some of the pouches that make more of a tuna salad. SunKist has a meal kit that even comes with a few crackers!
10. Oatmeal Energy Bites (No-bake)
This delicious snack does take a little preparation, BUT once you’ve made them, you can put them in a Ziploc bag and eat them throughout the week! Heres the recipe:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond butter (or substitute peanut butter)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup raw honey
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Roll out teaspoon sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze until set about one hour. Enjoy and keep leftovers in a Ziploc bag in fridge or freezer. Makes about 20-24 energy bites. Some Add-ins could be: raisins, dried cranberries, pumpkin, and dried cherries.
Recipe and pictures by Lina for Hip2Save.