Cheat #3: Snacks to Go!

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Photo by David Buchanan via Flickr

Whether it is between classes, breaks at my internship, or before a study session I always find time to have a snack. As much as I love snacking, consistently snacking on-the-go can stack up in cost and eventually put a dent in your budget. Along with cost, snacks made for mobile use tend to be unhealthy since they are processed and high in sodium, saturated fat, or sugar. According to the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 20% of college and university students consider cost and availability when choosing snacks.¹ In the same study, students also chose candy or chips over yogurt and fruit for snack. Since availability and cost are the top problems when it comes to snacking on-the-go, here are some of my cheats to combat this:

  1. Keep Snacks on Hand: If I decide to buy snacks from the gas station or vending machine, it is usually because I forgot to bring a snack with me. Try sticking snacks in your car or backpack before you leave the dorm or house. This will prevents you from stopping at the store or purchasing from the vending machine. Instead of buying chips or candy try nuts or dried fruits. They come in packages, which makes it easier to stash away. I like these individual sized cashews from Trader Joe’s since they are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and protein. They also are small enough to fit in my car and take up little space in my backpack. These cashews come with 13 individual packs per box and cost $7.00/box.  Don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you? Planters brand sells similar individual packs in boxes at Walmart and Target for a reasonable price.IMG_0006
  2. Make Your Own Snacks: The benefits of making your own snacks is you know what is going in them! Also, if made in large quantities they will last just as long or even longer than packaged snacks. To get some ideas check out this chart I pinned from Pinterest. Most of the snacks are paired a protein and fiber source which will fill you up and hold you over until your next meal.

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Image by Sparkpeople via Pinterest

3. Invest in containers: Nothing is worse than having healthy snacks in your dorm or apartment, but no containers or bags to hold them in! Opt for containers over Ziploc bags since they are reusable and come in a variety of sizes. I personally like these containers since they are stackable and come with a space for sauces.

Now that you have unlocked this cheat code, comment down below or tweet me some of your favorite ways to snack while on the go!

References:

  1. Spanos D, Hankey, CR. “The habitual meal and snacking patterns of university students in two countries and their use of vending machines.” The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2009;23(1):102-107.
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