During a busy day on campus, buying food on the go may seem like the easiest thing to do. It has several downsides though: it’s often unhealthy, you have no idea how it’s been prepared and it can be expensive, making a big dent in a tight budget. Why not rather take five minutes in the morning, or even the night before, to prepare some quick snacks like these to keep you going throughout the day?
Choose whole-wheat or seed loaf for its extra taste, nutrients and fibre, or even a pita pocket for convenience. Now add some healthy protein and veggies. Try tuna or chicken mayo with cucumber and onion, or sliced ham, cheese and tomato. If your filling is moist, place lettuce leaves between it and the bread, to stop the bread from going soft. Leftovers are always a good option for a filling as well.
Chop it up
Salad doesn’t have to be a boring affair. Use a variety of leaves and herbs if you have them, throw in some cucumber, tomato, onion, carrots and/or sweet pepper, and add some kind of protein to give it all staying power. Diced cold meat, chicken, tuna, cheese, chickpeas, beans or nuts all work well. To make sure everything stays crunchy, take the salad dressing, salt and pepper in separate little containers to add just before you eat.
There are many different kinds of dips you can use here, like hummous, bean dip, guacamole, cottage cheese, egg, chicken or tuna mayo. What to dip? Try crackers, rice cakes, vegetables like baby tomatoes or cucumber, carrot or celery sticks, or even apple wedges. The trick again is to keep them separate until you’re ready to munch, or you may end up with soggy dippers.
Eat it whole
Some foods are ready-made for snacking. Half an avo (leave the pip in and clingfilm it to stop it going brown once you’ve cut it) with a sprinkle of salt (and a squeeze of fresh lemon if you have a slice) is delicious and extremely nutritious. Likewise, hard-boiled eggs, a whole banana or other fresh or dried fruit (take a little container of peanut butter to smear on it for extra protein), nuts or seeds will all give you a boost.
You’ll notice that many of these snacks are whole foods (i.e. not processed), so they’re packed with stuff that’s good for you. At this rate, you’ll have most of your daily nutritional requirements covered before you even get to dinner!