Being a busy college student, I’ve experienced a lot of days where I’ve had to rely on snacks to get me through the day. Between super long lines for food and a schedule packed with club/organization meetings and back-to-back classes, sometimes it can be really hard to find time to wait for something. To all of you students who go to a big school for college or have a crazy busy schedule, you can probably relate!
Anyway, over the past three years as a college student and a busy gal in general, I’ve been able to discover so many snacks that have been able to sustain me up until my next meal that are both satisfying and healthy! I’m also vegetarian and dairy-free so for those of you who are on the same boat or are just looking for some more snack ideas, I’d love to provide some suggestions!
Here are some of my all-time favorite healthy snacks that never fail to satisfy me:
Almonds, pistachios, cashews, you name it! Nuts are incredibly satisfying and always give me the boost of energy that I need to move forward during a busy day. They are packed with healthy fats and protein and are so convenient and easy to bring around with you. Just make sure to be cautious of how much you are consuming in one serving!
Hummus & Carrots
Of course carrots aren’t the only option to dip in hummus. The list is endless! You can use pretzels, celery, pita chips/bread, etc. Hummus is so easy to locate in grocery stores and not to mention there are different flavors of hummus as well. Carrots and hummus are great when you want something healthy as well as to satisfy your craving for something crunchy!
Ever since I was little, popcorn has always been a huge favorite of mine, especially the ones that can go right in the microwave. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that sometimes, less (ingredients) is more! I love Skinny Pop as well as Trader Joe’s Air-popped popcorn the most at the moment! They are both light, low in calories and have a great flavor.
Apples/Bananas with Peanut Butter
This combo has been my go-to snack for the past week or two. This is the perfect snack if you are craving something sweet. Slice up some apples or bananas and use about a tablespoon of peanut butter to dip your fruit in. It is quick and easy to prepare and tastes so amazing. You can even play around with a new fruit & PB combo.
I was never a huge fan of protein bars growing up, but I’ve learned to realize that it’s all about finding the right one. My favorite brand at the moment is Larabar because they are dairy-free and are SO simple in terms of ingredients. I love the chocolate chip cookie dough and banana chocolate chip bars the most! I definitely have to try some new flavors.
For an excellent source of protein, crunchy chickpeas are a must! Now, crunchy chickpeas are something that can easily be prepared and made by yourself, but if you don’t have time to make them, my favorite brand to buy is World Cuisine Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas (Sea Salt). I just discovered these last month at Whole Foods and swear I can finish the entire bag in one sitting if I could!!
Edamame (Shelled or Roasted)
Believe it or not, edamame is so satisfying and so fun to snack on! You can roast them for a more crunchy and savory snack or you can eat them shelled with a bit of sea salt. These things are packed with fiber and are so versatile. When I’m not eating it for a snack, I love to sprinkle them into my salads and buddha bowls.
If you are a popcorn-lover like me, another thing you need to try are popcorn cakes! Similar to rice cakes, popcorn cakes are simply just made with popcorn instead of rice. Skinny Pop sells both regular-sized and mini popcorn cakes making them an excellent alternative for chips. They taste amazing with guacamole or hummus on top!
Pretzels Dipped in Chocolate Tahini
For the perfect combination of sweet & salty, you need to try this. On a grocery trip to Whole Foods a few weeks ago, I came across a brand that was giving out samples of their chocolate tahini spread! The brand is called Soom Foods and their chocolate tahini spread tastes just like nutella, except so much better. They are dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and kosher! As with many spreads, you can play around with how you’d like to consume this!
Nut Butter Stuffed Dates
I hate to admit this, but I just tried dates for the first time last month. I can’t believe it took me so long to try them because they are so sweet and taste like a chewy, caramel candy. A quick recipe that I’ve come across many times online involves slicing open dates and filling them with a nut butter of your choice. It is so yummy!
What are some of your favorite snacks? Whether you are a college student or not, or you’re just constantly on-the-go, I’d love to hear!