Finding healthy snacks for college students that don’t take long to make or break the bank can be difficult. Plus, a lot of healthy snacks can be – let’s face it – incredibly boring.
If you want to avoid the Freshman 15 and stay healthy in college, however, it’s important to find tasty snacks that will keep you satisfied and stave off your cravings for 2 a.m. pizza.
By adding more interesting ingredients to basic snack foods, college students can come up with healthy snacks that don’t taste like cardboard.
Waffles with …
The college student staple: Peanut butter! True, it’s not exactly low-calorie, so it might not seem like a healthy choice. However, the protein-carb combo is filling and gives you lots of energy, so this can keep you going for a few hours.
To make this snack as healthy as possible, stick to whole wheat waffles and natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any added sugar or partially-hydrogenated oil.
An egg fixed to your liking is another high-protein, low-fat enhancer for a waffle. Eggs have previously been the victims of bad press, but a soft-boiled egg atop a whole-grain waffle is truly one of the best breakfasts, or lunches, you can prepare for yourself.
Garden veggies dipped in …
A great cheap and easy food that’s definitely healthy — raw veggies of any kind. Baby carrots are a perennial favorite: they’re a little more expensive, but you don’t have to wash and cut them (leaving you more time for study!).
Most people like their raw veggies with blue cheese or ranch dressing, but hummus is healthier and gives you some extra protein (something that many college students lack since most of them aren’t exactly sizzling up a steak every night!) — and it tastes just as good. Eggplant-based baba ganoush is another yummy dip option.
Apples, bananas and…
Easy to grab when you’re on the run and definitely healthy, apples and bananas are both good on-the-go snack options for students. Admittedly, they can get bland on their own, but there are plenty of healthy (tasty) foods you can combine with apples and bananas.
For instance, apple slices with cheese is a great alternative. Another yummy option is to sprinkle some cinnamon on apple slices, or combine with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips for a sweet snack.
Bananas with Nutella or other nut butters such as almond butter are also deliciously sweet option, though a bit pricier than good old peanut butter.
Mixed nuts to go…
Another travel-friendly healthy snack for college students, mixed nuts offer protein and keep you full longer. Keep a jar handy and fill up a plastic baggy on your way out the door.
Add raisins or dried cranberries for some extra flavor and a touch of sweetness.
Yogurt gives you your dairy and protein without the fat and is a versatile snack — a great option that you can easily eat in your dorm room. Avoid the sugary snack-pack-style yogurts and try Greek yogurt, instead.
Greek yogurt has become very popular, and for good reason. It’s delicious! It’s also great because you can mix it with loads of things, from fresh fruit and granola, to honey, sprinkles or – everyone’s favorite – dark chocolate chips.
Nearly every food we’ve mentioned works well with pretzels. Whether soft or crisp, pretzels are a classic snack. They are good on their own and they’re easy to store.
With practically no fat or added oils, pretzels are a healthy snack for college students who shudder at the current prices of chips and cookies. Enjoy with cheese, mustard, peanut butter, Nutella, hummus… anything you can think of.
I hope these 6 healthy snack options have shown you that just because its healthy, doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty! Now start snacking!