10 Delicious And Healthy Snacks To Fuel You For Class
Proper nutrition is vital if you want to have a great class. You should never take class on an empty stomach, but you also want to eat good, wholesome snacks to give your body the fuel it needs. Here are some healthy options to keep in mind the next time you’re preparing for class.
1. Apples and Peanut Butter (V)
Apples and peanut butter are a great alternative to a classic PB&J. Jams and jellies, while they taste good, are full of refined sugar. Raw apples contain pectin, which helps your digestion. Peanut butter has protein. Combined, it makes a sweet and savory snack that’s light on your stomach. You can also use almond butter or cashew butter. Most importantly, read the ingredients. Avoid added sugars and hydrogenated oils, and try to stick to the purest form possible that has three ingredients or less. (My favorite is Skippy Smooth No-Stir)
2. Nuts and Fresh Berries (V)
Nuts and fresh berries is another light option. Nuts contain protein and B vitamins, which help you feel full and give you energy. Fresh berries are loaded with Vitamin C that boost your immune system. Try eating a cup of almonds with raspberries.
3. Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Cottage cheese is loaded with protein. Eating a half-cup topped with pineapple or peaches can make a great tropical treat. If you have trouble digesting dairy, it’s best to avoid this combination.
4. Greek Yogurt with Honey
Greek yogurt is another excellent source of protein and probiotics that promote good digestion. Avoid yogurts that are loaded with dyes and added sugars. If plain greek yogurt is too tart, top it with a drizzle of honey for a sweet jolt.
5. Chunky Monkey Smoothie (V)
Chunky Monkey is a fun and delicious smoothie. Combine a banana, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 cup almond milk, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in a blender. If you like it cold, add ice or use a frozen banana instead. To sweeten it, add a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses for a sugar boost and iron. Almond extract heightens the nutty flavor. Chunky Monkey Smoothie is packed with potassium and protein, that gives you increased energy and helps restore your muscles after an intense workout.
6. Hummus and Pita (V)
Hummus is a smooth dip made from chickpeas and sesame paste. It is chock-full of protein and iron, which is crucial to maintain energy levels and healthy circulation. Smear spoonfuls on whole-wheat pita and you have a vegan-friendly mini-meal that will carry you through class.
7. Hard-boiled Egg??
Eggs are considered a superfood. A hard-boiled egg is simple, low-calorie, full of vitamins and minerals, and gives you just enough protein to feel full but not stuffed. Put 4-6 eggs in a small pot, cover with water, and boil for 8-10 minutes. After, run under some cool water, peel, and eat!
8. Bagel and Cream Cheese
You don’t have to be a native New Yorker to appreciate a good bagel (though they do have the best). Pick up a couple fresh bagels at your local health food market, and spread some plain cream cheese on one side or both (Central Market and Whole Foods are great options). Instead of cream cheese, you can add a slice of cheddar or swiss.
9. Trail Mix (V)
Trail mix is easy to throw together and there’s always a variety to choose from. One of my favorites is semi-sweet chocolate morsels, coconut flakes, and macadamia nuts. Another great combo is dark chocolate, cranberries, and plain granola. I love dark chocolate for the sharp flavor and antioxidants, and the tartness of the cranberries. Trail mix can be made with any dried fruit and grain. Just be careful of packaged mixes that are loaded with added sugar.
10. Steel-cut Oatmeal (V)
Steel-cut oatmeal provides protein and complex carbohydrates for energy. Avoid quick oats; they have been stripped of nutritional value. I like my steel cut oats cooked with coconut oil, crushed pecans, pure vanilla extract, almond milk, and a dash of cinnamon. Plus, you can eat steel-cut oats cold, like a pudding or dessert.
These are all easy, light, low-calorie options to fuel you for class. Also, stay hydrated! Drink lots of water. Avoid sodas, juices, and other sugary sports-drinks. Always try to eat as “clean” as possible by avoiding added sugars and preservatives. If you can’t tolerate gluten, try an oat or rice-based product. Switch to non-dairy milk. Eating a combination of healthy snacks with your regular diet can improve your overall health and performance.
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