Healthy Dorm Snacks9:13 AM
So if you were unaware, I'm currently in college living in a dorm. I wrote a post for our student blogs (I get paid to blog for my school, how cool, right?!) about eating healthy in the dorms, but though that I should write one here too.
I've made this chart of healthy dorm snacks. I mean, you don't have to live in a dorm to eat healthy snacks, but I have found that college has been challenging for me when it comes to eating right. Therefore, I only keep things that are okay to munch on. So no candy, cookies, pop, etc for me in my room; I'd eat way to much of it. I know my limits, so I control it by not buying that stuff!
So. First up on our hit list is...
1. Fresh fruit. God I love you, fresh fruit. At the dining hall, our fruit options are pretty limited. That's why I like to keep some in my fridge at my dorm! Fruit is so good for you, packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and it's a good, healthy way to munch on something sweet.
2. Rice Cakes. I know what you're thinking...Rice cakes are undoubtedly to most boring food to ever hit the shelves. As someone who has tried rice cakes, I can see where you're coming from. However, if you don't like them plain, why not try them with some hummus or a bit of peanut butter? That's what I do a lot, and I absolutely love it.
3. Nuts. But nuts are full of fat, Brooke! Dude, I know. That's why you can't eat too many of them, though I know they're addicting. A small handful of nuts a day can be beneficial for you, your heart, and the rest of your body!
4. Low-sugar Cereal. This one can be hard. Cereal, no matter what kind, is often at least a little bit bad for you. I've found one that I like, with only 5g of sugar! It's the Kashi brand Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal. This cereal is low in sugar, high in fiber, low in sodium, and high in vitamins! I like it to munch on for a snack or for breakfast.
5. Snapea Crisps. My god, if you haven't discovered these things yet, I feel bad for you. They should replace all potato chips. Down with potato chips, up with Snapea Crisps. Need I say more? Salty and delicious, and the fact that I can have a lot of them without feeling crappy says a lot, too.
6. Kashi Bars. Or any other low-sugar granola bar. I find these perfect for snacks on the go or for breakfast. You really need to look at the sugar content, though. Anything above 8g and I usually put it back on the shelf. Some of my favorites Kashi bars are the Almond and Seasalt with Chia Seeds, Honey Oat Flax, and the Dark Chocolate Coconut.
There are a lot more healthy foods that you can keep in your room to avoid binging on chips and cookies. Try vegetables, too. They weren't on my list, but some people say they're pretty good for you. I'd go for baby carrots, cucumbers, and some hummus. Yum.
Eating healthy is really important, not only for your weight but also for the rest of your body and your mind. We've been given one shell to live in here on earth, and it would be a shame to waste it all. God made us with so much love, to throw that away is meaningless. Your body will thank you after you start making positive changes in your life.
Thanks for reading, I hope I helped you with some yummy snack suggestions!
See ya next time,