A busy schedule and a tight budget don't mean you have to survive on junk food while in college. Many healthy snacks are low-cost and portable so you can bring them with you as you rush between classes. Focus your snack choices on simple ingredients that take only minutes to prepare so snack preparation doesn't cut into the time you need for studying.
Keep a bag of trail mix in your backpack for snacking on between classes. A good trail mix should provide both protein and carbohydrates, which help improve your energy levels. Include mixed nuts for protein. Dried fruits, such as raisins and banana chips, are a healthy addition. Add granola and other dried cereal for fiber, which helps fill you up. A few small pieces of chocolate adds a sweet touch to your mix without adding too many calories.
Make a sandwich when you need something more substantial that's still portable. Use whole grain breads, tortillas or pita pockets for the bread. Fill the sandwich or wrap with peanut butter or hummus. Slices of lean deli meats and low-fat cheeses are also healthy choices. Include vegetables for both the nutrients and fiber. Lettuce, tomatoes and green peppers are just a few options.
Fruits and Vegetables
Slice vegetables ahead of time and keep them in small plastic bags so you can grab them quickly when hunger strikes. Celery, carrots and broccoli florets taste good raw. Include a small container of hummus or a low-fat dip in the bags if you don't like to eat your vegetables plain. Both whole and sliced fruits are a healthy snack when you crave something sweeter. If you want to pack apple slices, toss the sliced apple with a teaspoon of lemon juice so it doesn't brown during storage.
A warm snack is a welcome addition to a late-night study session. Instead of ordering pizza, create a more healthful version at home. Warm a pita round in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Top the pita with cream cheese and tomato slices. Add any other vegetables that you like to the pita. Baked potatoes are another cheap and healthy option for snacking. For a sweeter snack, cut an apple in half and remove the core and seeds. Top with 1 tsp. margarine and 1 tsp. brown sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins then microwave for five minutes. Let the apple cool for an additional five minutes before eating it.
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