Snack Time

– The Livestrong website gives great ideas for snacks for athletes, and recommends that people with average exercise habits eat the same.

– Bars are easy to eat in class because they aren’t crunchy and don’t disrupt anyone with weird chewing noises.

– The combination of peanut butter pretzels and apples is particularly nutritions because it incorporates carbohydrates, fat, protein, and fruit.

On a long walk home from an afternoon class, it’s not uncommon to think about FOOD FOOD FOOD. School days can be exhausting, so it is important to keep your system going by eating healthy snacks through out the day.

So What Should I Bring to School?

There are many smart options for healthy snacks to carry around campus or eat during class breaks. The Livestrong website gives great ideas for snacks for athletes, and recommends that people with average exercise habits eat the same.

Seeds and nuts are the first snack that is recommended. They are convenient and offer plenty of nutrients to the body. They are quick to eat on the go and provide a good amount of both fat and protein to sustain bodily functions during a busy day.

Business sophomore and soccer team player Christina Eichinger says that wholesome snacks are the best way to get through the day.

“I eat tons of fruits and vegetables, power bars, almonds and nuts,” Eichinger said. “Sometimes yogurt, too, after a long run.”

Yogurt is a second option. Some times it’s tasty to mix nuts into yogurt or put cut up fruit in for extra flavor.

Another snack option is peanut butter pretzels and an apple. This combination is particularly nutritions because it incorporates carbohydrates, fat, protein, and fruit.

One plus to adding apples to the mix is that one apple has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Pita chips and hummus make up another snack that includes both carbohydrates and protein. It is very important to eat protein when consuming carbohydrates because it helps speed up metabolism.

Says Who?

Nutrition professor Lisa Nicholson said that hummus is a great snack additive.

“Hummus is a good choice,” Nicholson said. “It has high fiber and high protein. Snacking on chips and hummus isn’t the worst snack in the world.”

In-class Energy Boosters

Promax bars are another snack that are especially good for athletes and students on the go. they are super easy to carry around in a backpack and are extremely energizing. Another thing I like about bars is that they are easy to eat in class because they aren’t crunchy and don’t disrupt anyone with weird chewing noises.

Communications sophomore Ashley Ha agrees that it is uncomfortable to eat crunchy foods during class.

“I always like to bring something small and smooth,” Ha said. “Not crunchy. It’s so annoying when other people crunch down on their apples during class so I wouldn’t want to be that person.”

Making salads is an easy way to get a final small meal into the day. I like to use “Just Chicken” from Trader Joe’s for protein, spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers for vegetables, feta cheese for fat and rice for carbohydrates.

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