It’s never a good thing to skip a meal or “forget” to eat while you’re hard at work or in the middle of a study session, but sometimes you really don’t have time to take a break away from what you’re working on. In that case, snacks are your new best friend! Even if you make sure and eat three full meals a day, you might still find yourself with a grumbling stomach and low energy during the day, and having healthy, easy snacks on hand means you don’t have to take as much time away from your work to get something to eat! If you’re not sure where to start, or you’re standing in the grocery store overwhelmed by all your options, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Fruit. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes – if fruit is your choice you’ve got a lot of options! If you’ve got access to a refrigerator at work or in your dorm, you could also get some cantaloupe or pineapple if that’s more your style.
- Veggies. Your mom always told you to eat your vegetables, right? Celery and carrot sticks are easy options, or try cucumbers or sweet peppers if you’re feeling a little more adventurous. Peanut butter, ranch, or hummus are all great dipping options if you’re not feeling those plain vegetables!
- Nuts or seeds. If you or someone around you has a nut allergy, this is probably a no-go. But nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and tend to last a while, so they’re great for a college dorm or if you don’t have a refrigerator close by. Almonds, walnuts, and pecans are all great options – just make sure you check the nutrition information for things like sodium and sugar levels.
- Whole grains. Whether you prefer crackers or cereal, whole-grain or whole-wheat products can stay fresh for a while on the shelf, making them great choices for quick and easy snacks. Pair crackers with peanut butter or other spreads, or mix cereal with nuts and dried fruit to make your own trail mix if you want to mix things up a little bit.
- Microwavable options. Canned soups or oatmeal that you can throw in the microwave can be a great choice if you’re looking for something a little more substantial. There are lots of options depending on what you like – soups with or without meat or vegetables and oatmeal with nuts or fruit. Just make sure to check the labels and try to choose low-sodium options.
Whether you’re living in a college dorm or just want some healthy snacks to keep in the cabinet for your next study session or long day at work, these are all great options that will keep you full while keeping you healthy. It can be tempting to reach for some chips or other unhealthy foods when you’re busy and just want something to munch on, but there are lots of healthy snacks that are just as quick and easy and much better for you!