Healthy eating in college can be tricky because it seems as if you’re always being presented with food – whether it’s served at club meetings, or you eat at the buffet-style dining area, or you get pizza delivered to your dorm room on a Friday night. Usually when food is offered in college, it comes in the form of pizza, high calorie snacks, or foods that aren’t as healthy as we might like them to be.
To add to the dilemma, college students are busy. Going from class to meetings to the gym to internships to study groups to volunteer or to go to work – eating healthy can be difficult, and it’s much easier to just grab a snack or a meal when you’re out, as opposed to prepping or bringing something in advance.
However, fear not, because this article contains a wealth of healthy snacks that are not only tasty, but also easy to prepare.
Little to No Effort
- Celery and peanut butter. Ratio 1tbsp PB : 2 stalks of celery
- Rice cakes and peanut butter or jam
- Whole wheat bagel and cream cheese, or jam, or peanut butter (do you see a trend?)
- Fruit – cut up fruit, whole fruit, frozen fruit, fruit-turned-into-a-smoothie
- Fruit cups (choose the fruit cups with syrup that has a lower sugar content)
- Protein bars
- Protein cookies (Myprotein has awesome cookies!)
- Popcorn (unseasoned)
- Protein shakes
- Vegetables (shocker, I know) such as cucumber, celery, bell pepper, carrots, and/or asparagus. The beauty of vegetables is that they can be eaten raw, which requires little to no prep!
- Hard boiled eggs
- Greek yogurt
- Mixed nuts
- Half an avocado sprinkled with pepper
- Dark chocolate (every now and then)
Some Effort Required
- Protein pancakes – 1/2c protein pancake and waffle mix, 1 scoop protein powder, 3/4-1c water. Mix, then make pancakes in a heated pan. Stack, then eat. (Can be topped with fruit or Greek yogurt)
- Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal – 1/2c oats, 1/2c milk or water, 1 mashed banana, 1/2tsp baking powder, 1/4tsp cinnamon, 1tbsp cacao powder, 1tbsp stevia. Bake @350F for 20-25 min
- Banana bread – 2c oatmeal flour, 2 bananas (mashed), 1/2tsp baking soda, 1.5tsp baking powder, 1c plain fat free greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 1/4c stevia. Mix together and pour into bread pans. Bake @400F for 15-20 minutes
- Banana muffins – same recipe as banana bread, just baked in a muffin pan instead (same time length)
- Mugcake – 2 tbsp flour, 1tbsp cacao powder, 1tbsp stevia, 1/4tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, 1/4c milk. Mix together in a cup and microwave for 2 minutes
- Cinnamon swirl protein bread – 1.5c oat flour, 1tbsp baking powder, 2 scoops protein powder, 2 egg whites, 1c milk, 1/3c applesauce, 1/2c stevia. Mix, pour in pan (8×8). In separate bowl, mix 1/4c stevia and 2tsp cinnamon, then swirl that into the mixture in the pan. Bake at 350F for 24-28 min
- Blueberry protein muffins – 1.5c oatmeal flour, 1/4c stevia, 2tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp baking soda, 1/2tsp cinnamon, 2 egg whites, 3 bananas (mashed), 1/3c milk, 1c applesauce, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2c blueberries (stirred in at the end). Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Add blueberries at the end. Put in muffin pan and bake @350F for 20-25 min