The Many Benefits of Smarter Snacking

As a student, you are always on the go; whether you’re attending class, studying, trying to catch the bus or view the latest Raptors game in the 939 Western lounge in building ‘c’. You may be able to wake up early and make a pre-class smoothie to help you fuel up before your day begins, but staying on track throughout the day can be a daunting task. Eating healthy and making smarter choices while snacking throughout the day can make all the difference in how you work and feel, so we’ve compiled a list to help you benefit from a healthier lifestyle below (even while on campus)!

The key to smarter snacking is being prepared. Whether this comes in mental form (making conscience and wiser food choices) or physical (meal prepping) form, there are many ways that you can become prepared for smarter snacking.

While we’re not saying that you should never indulge in decadent treats during the day (we all love having celebratory candies every time we finish a  paragraph of reading (let’s be honest), but being aware of our choices and making a conscience effort to improve our day-to-day habits can go a long way. In fact, snacking in beneficial. Not only will snacking create a less hangry (angry + hungry) campus or 939 environment, but it will also help to ensure that you receive all of your vitamins, suppress cravings and keep you fueled up!

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Snacks with Fibre + Protein

Choosing snacks that are high in fibre and protein (such as apples with nut butter or a cup of lentil soup) will help you feel fuller for longer, which can help to stop you from overindulging or giving into temptations throughout the day.

Freezer Snacks

Try placing your fruit in the freezer and eating them frozen as well. You will have to savor them slowly (to avoid brain freeze) and will get that snack satisfaction from just a handful of grapes!

Nutrient Dense Snacks

Choose snacks that give you more nutrients per calorie such as fresh and dried fruits, yoghurt and nuts!

Convenience

Smarter snacking doesn’t have to be hard or take a lot of preparation. Try leaving a box of energy or granola bars in your bag so that you can easily grab as needed; it’s that easy!

 

Here are some healthy campus snack suggestions for you to give a whirl!

  • Fruits or crackers with peanut butter
  • Popcorn (pop a bag and share with your friends)!
  • Nuts and cheese
  • Oatmeal with raisins or fruit
  • Vegetables with dark chocolate

 

Let us know how you snack smatter during the day in the comments below!

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