Stock up on these tasty snacks for those late night study sessions, or when you’re just too hungover to get to the dining hall. All of these healthy and affordable snacks are great alternatives to the spontaneous taco truck binges and Domino’s orders that can really set you back from achieving your health goals.
1) Nuts. I prefer purchasing mine at Trader Joe’s. I always have a big bag of dry roasted, unsalted, almonds, and I like to keep them in my mini fridge to keep them fresh. Try out the honey sesame coated almonds for a touch of sweetness, or the Thai Chili cashews for something a little more savory.
2) Greek Yogurt. I prefer the Fage 0% brand for its high protein and low calorie count. These yogurts are great for a quick breakfast when you’re late for class. Add some of the nuts, and a bit of flax or chia seed and you’re good to go!
3) Frozen Berries. Keep these in your mini-freezer for when you need a little something sweet. Any grocery store near campus will carry a package of mixed berries for just a few dollars. These saved me during my sophomore year when I was blessed with living in the only dorm on campus without air conditioning. When you’re feeling classy, impress your friends by tossing a few in a bottle of champagne for a delightful beverage.
4) Canned Goods. I’m talking tuna, soups, and beans. I prefer the Amy’s brand for their organic soups and beans. Stock up on these for a quick, healthy meal at any time of the day. You never know when a good study sesh may get pretty serious. Instead of breaking focus, break out the can opener and enjoy a protein-packed, affordable meal that will give you the brain fuel you need to keep you going.
5) Healthy Drunchies. Is there really such a thing? YES. The worst eating in college is done at 3AM after a night of partying. Keep a few items on hand that will leave you satisfied without the morning after regrets. When I get back to my dorm I want something hearty, hot, sweet, and easy to make. It may sound odd, but oatmeal does the trick. Try the Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cups that come in a variety of flavors. Trust me on this one.
6) Protein Bars. Great to throw in your bag to enjoy between classes, or before going to the gym. The key with these is to find ones that have 20 grams of protein, with less than 15 grams of carbohydrates, less than 7 grams of sugar, and 200 calories or less. I love Pure Protein bars or ThinkThin.
7) Hummus and Carrots. They go together perfectly and you can impress your friends by offering the appetizer with your afternoon cocktail.
8) Apples, Bananas, and Oranges, oh my! Try to grab these from your dining hall whenever possible. They last long and are always the perfect snack. Remember it’s very important to get enough Vitamin C in college…you never know when a sickly bed-ridden student is lurking right down the hallway.
9) Limes. Great for helping any produce last longer (like apples, pears, and avocados). And because your tequila loves it.
10) Tequila. Because your friends, and your limes, love it.