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4 Healthy Snacks for College Girls on the Go


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I have a confession to make:  I’m a notorious snacker. Whether I’m studying in the library and longing for Cheetos or sitting in my room nibbling on popcorn, my hand inevitably makes its way into a bag of something or another, especially as I creep closer and closer to finals. While my love for grazing is likely to never change, the food I choose to satisfy my palate has undoubtedly matured.

As just another run-of-the-mill, preoccupied college senior, I have finally defined what exactly it is that I need most in my snacks: healthy, filling, portable, and, of course, absolutely delicious! Looking for your perfect snack? Here are some ideas for quick, tasty snacks that will fill you up while you’re on the go:

1.  LUNA Bars

Luna Bar in Chocolate Raspberry

LUNA Bars are my go-to breakfast source, being a person who likes to sleep in rather than head to the dining hall for a more traditional breakfast. Packed with nutrition and offered in a wide variety of flavors (I always have a box of Chocolate Peppermint Stick in my dorm), this granola bar alternative has quickly become a staple in my diet.

I’ll be the first to admit that they are not something I’d want to eat more than once in a typical day, so take heed and munch wisely. This is partially due to the fact that I typically like to save them for breakfast, but it’s also because they’re packed with so much healthy goodness that I don’t want to ruin my appetite for later!

2.  Hummus

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All right, I’m a little proud of myself: I had my five-year vegetarian anniversary just a couple weeks ago. While I was in the dining hall eating carrots and hummus on this most auspicious of days, I mused to myself, “I wonder if this means I’ve definitely eaten my body weight in hummus yet.”

All joking aside, hummus is one of my favorite snacking dishes ever. Made up of chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and a bit of salt, this dip can be paired with so many different dishes, such as sandwiches, crackers, vegetables, or just its traditional BFF, pita bread. Plus, it’s an excellent source of protein for those of you who share similar dietary restrictions!

3.  String Cheese

I currently live in Wisconsin and hail from a town by the WI-IL border, so cheese has always been an important component to my diet. But string cheese is one of my favorite snacks for another reason – it’s perfectly portable and perfect for eating on the go! Not only are the low-fat/skim-milk versions fairly healthy at under 100 calories per serving, they also are still chock full of protein and calcium – perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

4.  Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams

Annies Bunny Grahams
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Annie’s Bunny Grahams are delicious mini-sized bunny snacks that come in Honey, Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Chip. And they just so happen to be my current snack of choice as I write this! As they’re made of organic whole-wheat flour and organic evaporated cane sugar, trans and saturated fat free, and lack hydrogenated oils, these bite-sized graham snacks make a delightfully healthy alternative to Teddy Grahams!

What do you think?

What do you like to eat in between meals?  What do you turn to when you need fuel during a long day? Or are you the kind of person who likes to eat big meals, with few to no snacks throughout the day? Are you a naturally healthy snacker or a chips and cookies kind of person? What are your favorite snack indulgences? Drop a comment and let me know!

Posted on on January 23, 2011 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , , , ,

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52 Responses to “4 Healthy Snacks for College Girls on the Go”

  1. 1
    January 23rd, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I haven’t tried any of these, except hummus, which I love. I was amused by the picture though since I’m currently munching on an apple

  2. 2
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I’m so happy to see Annie’s bunny snacks!! I love them and they are so easy to eat in between classes and during class. I also really like the company and their delicious organic and even gluten free products! Thanks for this good post!

  3. 3
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Nice stuff! Shame I can’t get the granola bars or the bunnies *doesn’t live in America* :(

  4. 4
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    What about just grabbing a piece of fruit, like the girl in the picture? Fastest food ever!

  5. 5
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve always been weirded out by hummus, but after seeing what it’s made with, I may have to give it a try :)

  6. 6
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Trader Joe’s Mango slices! So light and delicious!

  7. 7
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I love reduced sugar jello cups :] And a lot of low sodium no butter popcorn :]

  8. 8
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Popcorn is a low fat, high fiber snack. It’s the microwave bags with added oil and salt that make it bad for you. You can buy small brown paper bags, add plain popcorn kernels, fold it over and pop it yourself in the microwave.

  9. 9
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Congrats on your five year vegetarian anniversary, my four year anniversary is at the end of February. I haven’t tried Luna Bars yet but I love the other foods on the list and think they’re great healthy options. I will definatly be trying those Luna Bars soon.

  10. 10
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Cuties. Best oranges on the planet, and perfectly-sized for a snack.

  11. 11
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    My favorite snacks are dried cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds (they satiate hunger a lot! Its crazy what these little seeds can do).

    Fiber One bars are great also. They have lots of fiber to fill you up.

  12. 12
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    great ideas! i love hummus, it’s delicious with pita chips. i also started bringing sundried green apples as a snack too. i’m going to try some luna bars for breakfast now, i hope they’ll be more filling than just a bowl of cereal.

  13. 13
    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Nah girl, Luna bars are all sugar. Stick to fruit, maybe some peanut butter in moderation.

  14. 14
    January 23rd, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I have to agree with Vanessa. Luna bars are like candy bars. Try Lara bars!!!!

  15. 15
    January 23rd, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    String cheese has always weirded me out a bit, but I love Mini Babybel for a portable, well portioned cheese with a really cute little red wax casing. I like packing one or two with some crackers and fruit for a mid afternoon snack. For fruit, I like packing frozen mixed berries in a small container with a good seal to prevent leaking. They keep the other food cool and they’re thawed out when it’s time to eat.

    I also love cashews and walnuts for a nutritious calorie boost during the day.

  16. 16
    January 23rd, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Love this post! Luna bars are amazing- Nutz Over Chocolate is my favorite flavor… everyone should try it out!!

  17. 17
    January 23rd, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    They make Chocolate Peppermint flavored Luna Bars? YUM!

    For snacking, I usually have an 100 calorie bag of pretzels and a wedge of lowfat Bluebell cheese. So good and quite filling!

  18. 18
    January 23rd, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Great list!!
    I am also vegetarian (coming on 10 years now!!) and carrots and houmous is my favourite snack!! I also love cut up apples- squirt on some lemon juice to stop them going brown if you’re on the go :]]

    Charlotte xxx

  19. 19
    January 23rd, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Great post, hummus tastes amazing, especially with pita chips! (: And now you’re totally making me crave a Chocolate Peppermint Luna bar….

  20. 20
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    That sucks, i’m allergic to hummus…

  21. 21
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I’m vegetarian too! And I don’t know what my life would be without hummus! But all of those snacks are great!

    Personally, I also really like eating almonds and other nuts. They’re good because a small portion is healthy, low in calories and contains lots of protein! I’m always looking for snacks with protein!

    Also, COLLEGE FASHION GIRLS: just a thought but, like many college girls (post new year, anyway) I’m trying to get healthier. A college fashion series on eating healthier, ideas for workouts, making healthy choices, cute workout clothes, ect. would be SO HELPFUL and much appreciated! Anyway, keep up the good work and thanks for the great articles.

  22. 22
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Well, it’s difficult for me since I don’t have a fridge or a microwave in my room. I usually stock up on nuts, bars, etc., and take fruit from the dining hall.

  23. 23
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love lara or clif bars

  24. 24
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I really wouldn’t worry too much about the calories in your snack food, like the string cheese having less than 100 calories or whatever. Low fat yogurt is full of aspartame, which is terrible for you, so just eat the full-fat kind, it’s better for you anyway. I have some yogurt with chia seeds, pecans, agave nectar. Or half a sandwich. Or fruit and cheese. Hummus is a great idea though, I love making it, so so simple!

  25. 25
    January 23rd, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    im a soon-to-be wisconsin girl and can’t help but love all things cheese, string cheese is one of my fave snacks! I also have been eating luna bars for breakfast every morning, they’re the only thing that keep me full during all my early morning classses.

    great post!

  26. 26
    January 23rd, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    A handful of almonds is a great snack on the go. I’ve also stocked up on canned soup, especially the ones that you can throw in the microwave without having to empty into another bowl–great for meals in a pinch.

  27. 27
    January 23rd, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    String cheese and hummus with vegetables are my FAVORITE!! I’ve been eating so unhealthily lately though–a lot of chocolate pudding and brie cheese haha, they both taste delicious but are probably so fattening. I don’t really pay much attention to what I eat, which is a really bad habit, but oddly I’m in better shape now than i was when I was constantly thinking about eating healthy back in high school.

  28. 28
    January 23rd, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Clif bars are amazing! They are VEGAN and have tons of protein in them.

    Another really healthy snack is bell pepper strips dipped in apple cider vinegar. It sounds weird, but it makes the peppers taste kind of sweet. Its a great way to get vitamin C.

  29. 29
    January 24th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I’m a high school student and this sounds like my typical diet…except i’ve never tried a luna bar, so substitute that for a chewy granola bar… and the bunny grahams, for teddy grahams…lol

    I <333 those though, and yeah i start school at i grab a granola and go..

  30. 30
    January 24th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Would love to see more posts like this! :)

  31. 31
    January 24th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Love! Though I’m not a humus fan … good tips though and enjoy the effort put into it. I’m a huge snacker myself (actually feeling a snack attack coming on now) but in college for me I find it difficult to carry healthy foods since that normally means fresh which normally means they go bad in a week or less. This opened my mind though! Have to think outside the box (or inside it, haha). Thanks again!

  32. 32
    January 24th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I do adore Annie’s, but I prefer Cheddar Bunnies to the Bunny Grahms.

  33. 33
    January 24th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    These are great ideas! I’m munching on hummus today after reading this article last night! Also, since I don’t have Annie’s bunny grahams, Im eating a handful of Sha Sha organic ginger snaps, they’re delicious and reasonably low in calories! Thanks for this post, Please write more meal ideas and branch out into healthy living for the college girl, this is awesome!

  34. 34
    January 24th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I love this post! I’ve been trying to eat healthier and really think about what I’m putting in my body, so this post is right on time :) I haven’t tried anything on this list (except string cheese and Luna Bars) but I’m going to definitely check out the hummus and the Bunny Grahams :)

  35. 35
    January 24th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    String cheese and hummus are so delicious. I’m glad they’re on the list because they’re just great healthy snacks.

  36. 36
    January 25th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Your choices are pretty good for healthy snacks. Although, like a few other commenters, Lunabars are actually not that great. They’re filled with a TON of sugar. Larabars, Skoutbars and Raw Revolution bars are some great alternatives that are still very yummy.

    I love a banana with almond butter (or peanut butter). It fills me up perfectly. For snacking, I’m obsessed with hummus & pretzels, hummus & baby carrots are also a great option.

  37. 37
    January 25th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I observe that most of the food you suggest up there are packaged (which means they contain preservatives, which is not good for the body). Best healthy snack is always fruits, nuts, seeds, and so on, I guess.

    Suggestion: home made hummus recipe? :)

  38. 38
    January 25th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I go for fruits like apples and bananas (often with peanut butter, yum!), vegetable like snap peas and celery, and foods that are NOT low fat like cheese, peanut butter and butter. Well, I don’t eat the butter plain, but I’ll often have it on a slice of bread. Bread and honey’s good, too. But yeah, low fat foods are just a scam that make you eat more, since they fill you up less, which makes you buy more – and I have friends who wonder how I can eat so little of it and feel so full and actually lose weight during university (I don’t have a kitchennn *cries*).

    Right now my favourite snack is the granola bars I made when I visited home, but they’re almost all gone now… Really, the best snacks are the ones you make yourself. Heck, the best peanut butter is when you put roasted peanuts in a food processor and just whiz until smooth, though you sometimes need to add a little oil. And it often ends up being cheaper than store-bought stuff.

  39. 39
    January 25th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I like to get stuff from trader Joe’s to snack on. I’ve also been a vegetarian for 5+ years (haven’t touched meat since Dec 31 of 2005 (& it was an accident- I was told something was vegetarian and it turned out to be chicken). So yea. I love string cheese! I also like unsweetened apple sauce. yogurt. nuts (UNSALTED!!!). and carrot sticks/celery sticks (great because carrots are a 0 calorie food- they take as much energy to digest as they contain- and celery takes more than it has!).

  40. 40
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Love hummus and bunny grahams!

    Though it’s not very portable, while we’re talking about snacks I thought I’d share one of my new favorites. Dice up an apple (my favorite kind are organic golden delicious… the organic ones really do taste better) and top it with some broken up pecans and drizzle it with maple syrup. It is delicious!

    I use the sugar-free fake syrup because while I appreciate the arguments against artificial sweeteners, I just can’t get around adding those extra calories.

  41. 41
    January 27th, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I also love Annie’s Homegrown Organic gummy bunny snacks. They are by far my favorite on the go snack, they are just gummy and sweet enough to be a snack and a treat in one.

  42. 42
    January 30th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Hm, those Luna bars look delish! I wonder if you can get them over here in England? I’ll have a hunt…

  43. 43
    February 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I just got home from the store and this post has really got me craving apples and hummus, two things I did not buy.

  44. 44
    February 2nd, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Haven’t tried any of these but will soon. More diet/health stuff please :)

  45. 45
    February 10th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    i either carry string cheese or fiber one = ] i’ve never tried hummus

  46. 46
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:49 am

    It was intereesting and fun to read this blog.Thanks

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