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Teen Perspective: Nutrition and Healthy Eating

What are some healthy snacks for college students?

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  • ADaphne Oz, Health Education, answered
    Below you will find a list of grab-and-go foods that you can either prepare quickly or just grab out of the box, which won't leave you in a sugar slump an hour later. These are some of the foods I was able to find easily at my college, either at the campus food store or at a nearby convenience store. Buying them regularly didn't break the bank. The ones that needed preparation involved merely adding hot water or using the small communal kitchen downstairs, and the perishable items were easy to store.

    Complex Carbs:
    • Cooked Cereals (look for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving). These should be eaten plain or with sparing amounts of butter, milk, and/or sugar.
    Instant or regular oatmeal, unflavored, unsweetened
    Farina cereal, cooked
    Oat bran, cooked
    • Cold Cereals. All cereals should be eaten dry or with 1 percent or skim milk. Try to avoid sweetened cereals or putting sugar on cereal.
    Whole grain granola bars, with less than 150 calories and minimal added sugar
    Whole grain cereals
    All-Bran
    All-Bran with extra fiber
    All-Bran Buds
    Chex, Multi-Bran or Wheat (and gluten-free varieties)
    Fortified oat flakes
    40% Bran Flakes
    Flax & Fiber
    Fruitful Bran
    Granola, low fat, low sugar
    Grape-Nuts
    Mueslix
    100% Bran
    Raisin Bran (because raisins can be sugarcoated, a healthier choice would be to just add your own raisins to plain bran flakes)
    Shredded Wheat, unfrosted
    Special K
    Total
    • Baked Goods
    Multigrain bagel, plain or with low-fat/low-sugar toppings
    Oat-bran bagel, plain or with low-fat/low-sugar toppings
    Crackers, whole wheat, low fat
    Melba toast
    Breads: Cracked wheat, High-fiber, Multigrain, Whole grain, any kind, Rye, light, or dark
    • The Best Fruits
    Apples
    Applesauce, unsweetened
    Apricots
    Bananas
    Blackberries
    Blueberries
    Cherries
    Cranberries
    Figs
    Grapefruit
    Grapes
    Kiwi
    Lemon
    Lime
    Mangoes
    Melon
    Nectarines
    Oranges
    Papaya
    Peaches
    Pears
    Pineapple
    Plums
    Raspberries
    Strawberries
    Tangelo
    Tangerines
    Watermelon
     
    Remember, you should eat all fruit raw, whenever possible. Dried fruit has an abundance of condensed sugar, and stewed or packaged fruits often have had sugar added. If you can't store or don't like raw fruit, go for the dehydrated kind (for example, JustFruit bars) or have a little dried fruit with no sugar added.
  • AJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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    Load up your dorm room micro-refrigerator with these healthy snacks:

    • Fresh fruits such as apples, oranges, and grapes
    • Nonfat Yogurt
    • String cheese
    • Microwave popcorn
    • Humus with baby carrots

     

     

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  • ADoreen Rodo, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered

    It's tough for college students to eat healthy, but it can be done, especially if you choose wisely. Here are some healthy snack options:

    • Apples and peanut butter
    • Hummus and wheat crackers
    • Luna bars
    • Kashi bars
    • Craisins or raisins
    • Trail mix
    • Peanut butter and all fruit jelly
    • Any fresh fruits
    • Mott's Healthy Harvest fruit cups
    • Greek yogurt
    • Cereal with fiber and 1% or skim milk
    • Lentil soup
    • low-fat popcorn

     

  • AToby Smithson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Healthy snacks are generally foods that are lower in calories, sodium, added sugar, and saturated fat. The following are several ideas for snacks that are affordable and convenient for a college student:

    • nuts and dried fruit
    • low-fat cheese sticks and whole grain crackers
    • fresh or canned fruit in its own juice with low fat yogurt
    • carrot or celery sticks with nut butter
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