Fresh Eats I: Your College Guide to Eating Healthy Snacks
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Late night bites, partying, cafeteria food, and the infamous Philly cheese steaks just add on the calories and the pounds. And who really wants to gain the “Freshman 15” that just keeps adding on pounds year after year? Not me and I’m sure you don’t either. While leading a college lifestyle, it is very difficult to eat well and get the proper nutrition. I am here to give you simple tips and recipes that are tasty, healthy, and can fit right into your busy college schedule and small budget.
It is important to put yourself on a schedule when it comes to eating. Do not just eat to eat. This is where many college students run into trouble. There is nothing wrong with having a snack when your stomach starts to growl, but that does not mean you eat an entire large bag of your favorite chips. Portion sizes are key! When picking out a snack it is important to find one that will give you energy and take away your mid-day tummy rumbles without making you feel guilty.
“If you enjoy a nibble between meals but are afraid that you’re eating too many calories, reduce your portions at mealtime,” says registered dietitian of the American Dietetic Association, M.J. Smith, “that way you can have a snack without the guilt or extra calories.” It is also vital to find a snack that is smart too! Think about munching on a piece of fruit or vegetable with a dip maybe or even a whole wheat cracker. Nuts and popcorn are also healthy options that will fill you up.
Many nutritionists have found that five or six smalls meals and snacks are better for your body and health than simply purging for one or two meals a day. This will ensure to keep your energy level up throughout the day to avoid that sluggish feeling before classroom hypnosis hits you.
Here is a spin on a simple snack that gives you the perfect energizing blend of protein, carbs, and sugar to help you last the day; especially when you feel as though you just can’t keep your eyes open another minute in class.
Your favorite cereal or granola
Your choice of nuts
Dried fruit (mix it up and don’t just use the typical raisins)
M&Ms or other chocolate-y treat
Sunflower or Pumpkin seeds
Keep each ingredient proportionate to the others, but add a little extra nuts and fruit for better nutritional value. This is a great snack to throw in a small container and take with you to class.
Not only is this remix on the trail mix tasty and a great boost of energy, but it can also be stored for a long while. So, when preparing the Trail ReMix, make enough to last you a couple of weeks. However, you must be sure to seal whichever container you place it in well. I recommend filling up a large ziplock bag and squeezing all of the air out before sealing up the bag.
This great “on the go” snack will keep your eyes peeled and energy levels up to stay alert in class. You’ll be ready to work and not feel fatigued. Just allow yourself to keep everything in proportion and don’t overeat. So, when the snack attack hits you, just be sure to stay smart and you’ll be energized for the day.