There is no doubt when you are away at school, your diet changes. Mom’s home cooked meals have a way of turning into pizza, wings and an endless supply of French fries. While this may sound tantalizing, no classy lady wants to start the fall semester off on an unhealthy foot. Beat the bulge and plan ahead this year. Make sure you have the following four items in your dorm room. When a craving strikes, you immediately have something delicious and nutritious to grab!
Easy to nibble while on-the-go, nuts pack a healthy punch, too. High in protein, a
bag of mixed nuts will give you energy when running from one class to the other on busy days. Another benefit of nuts is they are filled with magnesium, helping your muscles to function better as well as unsaturated fats for heart health. In addition, nuts store really well; you won’t have to worry about them going bad in your dorm room.
Fruits have a tendency to spoil quickly, but if you’re craving the sweetness and health benefits they bring, try packing the dried varieties in a plastic bag with your nuts. They are the perfect sweet additions to salads and trail mixes. They also make for a healthy dessert, too.
Peanut butter is great for bringing to college because it lasts for months after it’s opened. Spread it on whole grain bread or dip pretzels or celery into it before heading off to class for an easy, high-energy snack.
Easy to pack into your knapsack, yogurt provides you with the calcium you need to keep your bones strong. Avoid yogurts that are packed with sugar and instead stick to plain Greek yogurt. Liven up the taste by stirring in fresh fruit, honey or granola. Turn it into a dessert with chocolate chips – it’s the ultimate treat to get you through those late study sessions.
These healthy recipes by CL intern Carrie feature some must-have college treats. Simple and delicious, try them when a hunger craving strikes!
What are your go-to snacks while at school?
Casey Galasso is junior at Marist College. Follow her on Twitter at @omggcasey. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds, be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.