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April 10 2016

Do Not Refrigerate! Do Not Cook! The Ultimate Grab and Go Snacks.

Healthy snacks are not always easy when you have nowhere to store any of those great options out there. Some of us are lucky enough to still live at home where we don’t have this problem, but many of us don’t have the pleasure of living somewhere yet that actually has a microwave, oven or more than a teeny tiny refrigerator. When you are hungry, don’t want to take a trip to the dining hall, and you don’t have any way to cook or keep anything fresh, try these snacks that you can stash anywhere and enjoy appliance-free.


Mixed Nuts:

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Almonds, cashews, pistachios or peanuts, although peanuts do have a bad rap for being genetically modified — together or separate, these nuts are protein-packed and help you get through any craving. Nuts provide you with essential healthy fats, but they do have a high caloric value, so make sure you limit your serving size. Go for the raw, unsalted ones. Those are your best bet.

 

Dried Fruit:

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What’s more frustrating than buying bananas only to have them go bad before you can eat them? Try dried fruit— it stays good for a long time, and it’s sweet and delicious enough to kill all your dessert cravings. Add some of those mixed nuts we were just talking about and make your own trail mix– a nice, satisfying, sweet and salty snack.

 

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image sourced via shop.skinnypop.com

Popcorn:

We know how hard it is to kick your potato chip craving, but it’s so much easier when you have a bag of pre-popped Skinny Pop popcorn for a guilt-free, low-calorie late night snack. Skinny Pop is one of our food sponsors at our Connect To Confidence event in New York on May 21, so, if you’ve never tried Skinny Pop before, you can check it out then.

 

image sourced with permission via Nature's Path

image sourced with permission via Nature’s Path

Granola Bars:

These are the most conveniently packaged and perfectly sized snack to just throw in your bag. Your options for granola bars are endless.  There are salty, fruity, nutty, crunchy, and chewy ones. Just be careful to make sure you look for the ones with all-natural ingredients and not a lot of preservatives. My favorite brand is Nature’s Path; there are so many different bars that they offer. Nature’s Path is also one of our event food sponsors, so you can try their bars and see if you agree with me when you attend Connect To Confidence.

 

photo by R. Salko

photo by R. Salko

Crackers:

Natural, high fiber crackers are a perfect snack if you are craving something crunchy and want to fill up fast. Stick to the organic and multigrain crackers, and, to add some extra protein or flavor, add some peanut butter on top.

 

Cereal

The perfect mid-day snack, without the milk, of course. Keep a small sandwich bag with a handful of your favorite cereal with you. Look for cereals that are low in fat and high in fiber. My favorite is Special K Original. I suggest you try it out, and so does Ryan.

 

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image via giphy.com

Seaweed

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image licensed via bigstockphoto.com

Most people don’t expect to snack on seaweed, but when it is roasted with a little salt, it tastes great, think sushi, but with no rice or fish. It is a much better alternative than those high-fat chips that you can’t put down.

 

 

When you don’t want to walk to the dining hall, you’re not in the mood for cafeteria food, or you just need a mid-day snack, try some of these healthy and easy foods. Enjoy!

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