5 healthy snacks on-the-go

By Alicia Deily

It’s 3’oclock and you’re starving. What do you eat?

The life of a college student can be stressful and is packed full of commitments and activities. Between classes, studying, part time jobs, extra-curriculars and friends, there can be little time left for food. Leading such a busy lifestyle can make it tough to find the time to eat healthy and balanced.

Often times students will end up spending more money purchasing snacks throughout the day then if they had taken the time to pack a few in the morning. Here are some great healthy and relatively cheap snack options that you can throw in your bag at 9 am and eat at 3 pm when you hit that mid-afternoon slump, no refrigeration or preparation required.

  1. Raw Almonds- Any raw nut will provide you with the quick nutrients that you need for your long days but almonds are one of the best and most affordable. Almonds are rich in protein and the healthy fats that your body needs to function properly. Make sure you avoid the roasted kind which contain the bad fat that you want to avoid along with other unhealthy additives.
  2. Air-popped popcorn– This delicious snack has only 40 calories per cup and is perfect for when you want to munch on something. Only when you add high-calorie oils and butter does this food become unhealthy. Popcorn is high in fiber so it will help you get your daily serving. it is also easy to carry around all day in a plastic bag.
  3. Bananas– Oranges, apples or peaches are all excellent and nutritious options for a portable snack. However, bananas have the most energy-providing nutrients to keep you going. They are made up of fiber and a mix of natural sugars that translate into instant energy that will keep you going longer than most energy bars and drinks. They also contain many nutrients like potassium that are essential for leading a healthy life.
  4. Cereal- Dry cereal is easy to pack and affordable but be careful you are picking a healthy kind. Make sure you read the labels and the ingredients. Choose a cereal with little sugar and avoid high fructose corn syrup. Those ingredients can easily turn a snack into a poor choice. Instead look for options with high fiber and vitamins.
  5. Raisins- Fresh fruit is delicious but when not eaten fast enough can easily go bad. For a college student with limited funds, dried fruit is an excellent option. Raisins tend to be one of the cheapest choices. They are packed full of vitamins like iron and B-complex. They also contain fiber. Like nuts, dried fruit can be calorie dense, so make sure you watch your portions.

 

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