Staying away from sugary, fatty foods is especially hard during the heat of the college year, where late nights are a staple and skipping meals is the norm. At CampusRiot, we understand how easy it is to give into something quick at the student store or a vending machine; however, knowledge is power, and these healthy snacks listed below will not only fuel you through the day, but will help you stay healthy. Scared about the freshman 15? Take a look below:
Bananas offer a sustainable amount of energy for those productive days and nights; it’s neatly packaged with high amounts of potassium and iron and low amounts of salt. Plus, their protective exterior makes them the perfect to-go fruit.
Cinnamon Rice Cake with Nut Butter
Cinnamon swirling together with nut butter tastes so much like dessert you’d never know you were doing your body some good. The carb, fat, and protein balance of the snack will keep you energized during long study periods. Cinnamon also has a wide array of benefits, including increased blood circulation, alertness, and memory recall.
It’s no secret that almonds are a fantastic way to enhance your diet with some healthy fats. They’re easily totable in a snack bag, and just one ounce of almonds has 14 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. Make sure to stick with just an ounce or a handful; this nut is great for a healthy snack, but overindulging can lead to unwanted weight gain. Stick to raw or dry roasted preparation.
Short on time in the morning, but want to avoid the quick, carby temptation at the coffee shop? Prepare baggies of measured quick oats with cinnamon and stevia for the mornings; just add water, microwave, and you’re done. Oatmeal is low in calories and fat, and high in fiber and protein. It also keeps you full longer and stabilizes your blood sugar levels.
These bars are perfect for when you’re craving something a little sweeter but still a busy body. They’re formulated with specific nutrients that women need (iron, calcium, vitamin D, and folic acid), and taste nearly (but not quiet) as good as your favorite fro-yo fix. Make sure to try chocolate peppermint stick and chocolate dipped coconut- they’re sublime.
Taking care of your body is especially important, and only becomes more vital the older you become. Sticking to wholesome foods helps curb cravings and keep you focused. Hey, we could all use a boost in productivity, right?
What is your favorite energy boosting snack?
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