Finding affordable, easy and healthy snacks is a challenge for most college students. This is mostly because students usually do not have a full kitchen and options are often limited to the high calorie cafeteria snacks.
In college, you are going to spend plenty of nights staying up late studying to cram for a test the next day. The last thing you want to do is eat foods with no nutritional benefits because it will leave you feeling groggy and unfocused.
With healthy snacks as the last thing on your mind, you’ll want to plan ahead and buy energizing foods for those long study days and nights.
It’s important to eat healthy food, even during the busiest hours, because your mind and body needs nutrition to work efficiently.
A few easy, wholesome, healthy study snacks will do the trick:
Fruit salads are incredibly quick to make and fun to eat. It’s a simple snack you can make your own. Mix all of your favorite fruits in a bowl and enjoy! You can also include yogurt, flax seeds or granola to add more flavor and density to this light snack. It’s easy, sweet and delicious.
Almond Butter Banana Sandwich
We’ve all had Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches as kids, but try using Almond Butter and whole grain bread to make this sticky, sweet sandwich more nutritious. You’re never too old to enjoy one!
Buy a small blender or magic bullet and start making smoothies frequently. If you have trouble feeling awake, a smoothie a day will give you a huge boost. Add a variety of fruits, but also be sure to include at least two vegetables such as spinach, kale or cucumbers for extra nutritional punch.
Yogurt is a filling, protein rich snack that will give you the energy you need to study. Avoid the sugary added flavor yogurt, and try Greek Yogurt. It is even more delicious and easy to add fruits, granola or nuts.
A small green salad will go a long way in revitalizing you for the day. Salads are easy to make and store in Tupperware a day ahead so you have it ready when you want it. Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins to give you a healthy boost. Add some fruits, vegetables and light dressing. The more variety of colors, the more energizing nutrients you’ll get out of a salad.
Trail Mix with Nuts
Mix up your own trail mix with walnuts, almonds, dried cherries, raisins, and dark chocolate. This high protein snack will satisfy your hunger and keep you focused. It’s an easy grab and go snack you can bring with you to class or the library.
Even in college you can eat healthy if you make the effort to find nutritious foods and avoid the sugary snacks. All of these snacks can be made in minutes and will provide the nourishment the brain and body needs to help you focus on studies and do better in school.