The worst feeling is when you are sitting in class and your stomach starts to grumble. When people hear it, they will stare at you and some might even chuckle a bit. I can sadly say that I have experienced this phenomena. I learned that it's important to stay hydrated and nourished in class. I made sure to keep my water bottle on my desk and I always packed snacks in my backpack to fight back dreaded hunger.
For those of you with a massive appetite like mine, I hope this appeals to you. A lot of these foods are non-perishable or they don't need to be refrigerated or heated up! I've become a master at bringing snacks to class to snack for breaks during class and in-between. In my opinion, it's important to eat every so often in order to maintain my energy and focus in class. Unlike high school, college professors don't really care whether or not you're eating, nor do the students. Make the time to pack a lunch because there's no worse feeling than a grumbling stomach in class.
You can find beef jerky nearly everywhere. Beef jerky is addicting, especially Krave jerky. The sweet chipotle is unreal. I try to stick with original flavors because flavored kinds usually have a lot of sugar in them. Trader Joe's also makes delicious jerky, as well as Oberto, but if you're want that melt-in-your-mouth snack--Krave is the winner.
If you have a constant craving for something sweet, larabars should be your go-to snack. They are made with simple ingredients and literally every flavor that I've tried is delicious. My favorites are the chocolate chip brownie, cashew cookie, and coconut chocolate chip. They're also allergy free (for the most part) so everyone can enjoy these bars of goodness.
My go-to dried fruits to snack on are dried apricots. These bad boys contain a solid amount of fiber so they are good for your digestive system. You only need a handful of these for an energy boost before class.
Roasted Plantain Chips:
You can find these anywhere- Trader Joe's, Hannaford and Whole Foods. These taste just like those potato sticks you probably munched on as a kid. Truthfully, they are still cooked with oils so they might not be the most fat-conscious food, but they are SO good. You can pair plantain chips with guacamole, salsa and even ranch or onion dip. They also taste best straight from the bag.
Hummus cups are a savory treat to bring to class. You can dip pretzels, crackers and veggies in hummus and feel guilt free when doing so. Sabra garlic and roasted red pepper hummus are my go-to snacks. Many colleges also have the Sabra takeaway packs with hummus and pretzels so you can purchase them with meal plan dollars!
Deli Meats & Cheese:
If you still eat lunchables, I might be judging you. These Daniele, Inc grab and go snacks are filled with my favorite cold cuts--salami and cheddar cheese. Plus you get way more meat than lunchables...look at that stack of cheese. I also like to use Applegate roasted turkey and cheddar cheese cut up or rolled together for a quick serving of protein.
Good-bye Chobani and hello Siggi's! The reason why I love this yogurt, besides it's amazing texture and flavor, is that it's sweetened with agave. It's nice to see a yogurt that's sweetened naturally. Bottom line: Siggi's is the best yogurt out there, period. This yogurt is even better in a parfait. You can layer it in a mason jar with fruit, nuts, and unsweetened shredded coconut for a perfect breakfast during an early morning class.
Justin's Almond Butter Packets:
All hail Justin's. No seriously...These are PERFECT for an on-the-go gal like myself. You can squeeze it right out of the packet onto fruit, yogurt, sweet potato fries or directly into your mouth.
This trail mix from Target is crazy good. I love the combination of pumpkin seeds, soybeans, chickpeas and fava beans; I could care less about the raw almonds and cranberries. This is a nice snack for non-meat eaters to get their protein for fuel during class.
Dark chocolate is the best. Sorry milk chocolate lovers. Not only is it delicious, you only need small amounts of the higher percentage dark chocolates to satisfy your chocolate cravings. This is a good way to refrain from chocolate binging by still getting a chocolate fix.
I'm not telling you to buy these snacks immediately, but these are many of the snacks that I will bring to school with me. I am usually on campus for upwards of 9 hours somedays, so it's really important for me to bring enough food to avoid being hangry. I also don't have microwave access, so I make sure that foods are non-perishable or packable with an ice pack in a lunch box. I hope this helps some of you stay motivated to eat better. Until next time. Happy snacking!