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Eating late at night is the easiest way to fulfill the “Freshman 15” prophecy. When students get to college their schedules change therefore their eating habits change. The type of foods that are readily available while you are studying in the library late at night is not exactly the healthy variety. There some healthy late night snacks that won’t pack on the pounds. This guide will help you in your quest to achieve a healthy mind and body.

Bag It and Bring It

If you are in a situation where it is more effective to study away from your place, bring your lunch, dinner or snacks with you. The will ensure you are eating healthy food that you prepared rather than some pre-packaged snack out of a vending machine or cafeteria. Some great meals to bring with you are:

Chicken or fish Salad

Prepare a salad that is full lettuce and vegetables that are rich in colors. The more color your vegetables have the more vitamins and minerals they have. These will aid your mind and body when hard at work. Add some protein to the salad for energy. Chicken and fish are great options. Fish like Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids that help your brain work harder and improves memory.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches are an easy, affordable and healthy alternative to foods you would normally find in a college campus cafeteria or snack bar. The key to preparing a healthy sandwich is the ingredients you use. For example, almond butter and real fruit is a great alternative to the more traditional PB&J.

Fruit

Fruit is a great snack food. It has some sugar but it is good sugar for the body. It can also help keep the body going during those late night cram sessions.

Eating While Out Late Night

It’s no secret that college students like to let off some steam at the bars from time to time. The problem with all of that drinking is that is stimulates the body to want to eat. There are some “healthier” options to fast food or street vendors. Find a restaurant that provides salad or sandwiches. Stay away from greasy foods late at night! Pita Pit and Sub Way are great options if you crave a late night snack after leaving the bars.

What you put in your body is all about choices and decisions. Every day you have the choice to take the “easier” route and eat from a fast food joint or vending machine. Make the healthy decision for your body and reap the rewards when you have a healthy mind and body. The results will speak for themselves.

Are there any other tips on healthy late night snacks you have? Let us know in the comments below!

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