More Snacks, Less Guilt: 8 Healthy Munchies to Eat Between Classes
Television screens, paychecks, your bed. Some things really should just come in extra large - and that shouldn’t include your waistband. Between sitting through lengthy classes and cramming for exams, it is difficult to find time to eat during breaks, let alone eat healthy. At snack time, smaller truly is better. That doesn’t mean you are constrained to eating miniscule 100-calorie packs or portions smaller than the size of your fist – those unrealistic quantities are frustratingly difficult to eyeball for any of us. When snacking, it is important to actually satisfy your hunger needs, without loading up on the bad stuff. Fear no more, help is on the way! Throw away that greasy bag of chips and tune in to this list of healthy snacks that will keep you moving throughout the day.
Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte
Coffee addict? Most students are. What coffee drinkers don’t understand about many Starbucks drinks is that they are loaded with unnecessary calories, fat and sugar. Also, just because it is a drink, doesn’t mean it isn’t considered a snack. Score your caffeine fix along with a hunger-crushing 10 gram shot of protein to fight the morning blues. The Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte is the perfect way to get that extra boost of energy needed to get through the day, without the extra baggage.
*If you aren’t a latte fan, no problem! You can order any of your favorite Starbuck’s drinks “skinny”.
This is probably the most obvious snack that could be mentioned on the list, but needs to be included nonetheless. Bananas are naturally prepackaged in their own yellow jackets for quick and easy storing, with the added benefit of cramp-preventing potassium. Coming in at about 105 calories each, you can’t go wrong with this delicious treat.
Yoplait Light Fruit Yogurt
This bone-building goodie provides 20 percent of your RDA for calcium and vitamin D. It also gives you a double daily serving of your choice of fruit. Ranging in multiple tasty flavors, Yoplait’s Light Yogurt will be sure to fill you up.
Sunbites Air Popped Popcorn
Who would have ever thought that popcorn could be low-cal? Cooked in air instead of oil, this classic snack is easy to pack, delicious to eat, and provides plenty to munch on well beyond the beginning of your day. For salty snack lovers, this should be your go-to. Eat up to three cups daily and you’ll still be under 100 calories – now that’s good eating!
Luna Bar Chocolate-Dipped Coconut
This 70-percent-organic bar can be compared to the taste of a classic chocolate-drizzled Girl Scout cookie. It contains 35 percent of the 1,000 milligrams of calcium you need in a day, plus vitamin D and comes amounts to only 190 calories. Amazing taste and healthy to eat! Indulge in one of these and your body will thank you for the rest of the day.
We all know how tempting it can be to overeat if your portions aren’t carefully controlled for you. In this case, individual-size cheeses are certainly the way to go. Look for reduced-fat varieties to avoid excess saturated fat. Pair your cheese with a serving of fruit and there you have it – a wonderful snack!
Eden Foods “All Mixed Up” Trail Mix
Last but not least - nuts. Although nuts are high in calories, when choosing the correct kind, you’ll receive the perfect serving of heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. At only 160 calories per ounce, you can’t go wrong!
ProBar Protein Bars
Hearty and delicious. ProBar Protein Bars are both gluten-free and vegan, making this the optimal healthy choice for anyone trying to cover up those hunger grumblings rattling throughout the classroom.