Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to School Series: Snacks for Class

Getting back to the swing of things can be a bit of a struggle. And for college students, finding a way to  fit in meals throughout the day can be a huge pain. If you're anything like me, it's a lot of coffee and whatever I can grab from the on-campus cafes (which--although quite delicious--is far from fulfilling or healthy). Whether you just need something you can throw in your bag and eat quickly or something you can enjoy in-between classes, check out my list of suggestions below!

  • Fruit (I would suggest things like apples, pears, and bananas. Simple. Not too messy, and relatively easy to toss in your bag and run.)
  • String Cheese
  • Mini Muffins (make your own or get some from the store!)
  • Trail Mix or Dried Fruit
  • Granola Bars
  • Roasted Chick Peas (Not quite as complicated as you might think. Check out this recipe!)

  • Cheese and Crackers (This one never occurs to me, but it's a relatively easy to make snack that can fuel you for a long time. Just make sure not to forget it in your bag for too long!)
  • Yogurt
  • Veggies and Hummus
  • Mason Jar Meals (Mason Jars are the best, especially when you are a hungry college student. You can make a salad in them, a yogurt parfait, the possibilities are practically endless!)
  • Quinoa (This one can seem a bit more intimidating, but you can eat it hot or cold and put practically any spice or extra things with it and it will still taste good!)
  • Banana Dog (This was my old standard the year I had back to back lectures over the lunch hour. Really simple; just take a tortilla, spread peanut butter over it, and then toss a banana in the middle! Then you wrap the whole thing up and, vwah-lah, you have a Banana Dog. Add some Nutella to the mix if you want a treat!)
  • Sandwich (When all else fails, you can always make a sandwich!)

  • A Hot Drink (Try some tea, coffee, or hot chocolate! If you have to stay up late, it will help if you stay hydrated, and it's just nice to drink something toasty warm.)
  • Popcorn (This one is very simple. If you want a spicier version, try tossing it with melted butter and Sriracha)
  • Veggies (add some hummus, eat it plain, or try roasting them in the oven for about ten minutes with olive oil, salt, and pepper over them)
  • Cereal (Find one that you like and eat it dry!)

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