Five Healthy Snacks for the Hungry College Girl

Five Healthy Snacks for the Hungry College Girl

 

The new school year is upon us and what better way to start off the semester than with a bunch of yummy snacks?!  Below I have compiled a list of some of my favorite snacks to munch on while studying, watching Netflix or just relaxing with friends.  Enjoy!

 

1) No Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

 

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, pour in all ingredients and start mixing!  While using a spoon will leave your hands free of this sticky mixture, I personally find it easiest to just use your hands to combine all the ingredients!
  2. Cover and leave in fridge for 20-30 minutes (don’t skip this!)
  3. Use a spoon to scoop and then proceed to roll them into little balls!
  4. Make sure to store in the refrigerator and to eat within a week!

 

P.S. Feel free to switch up the ingredients! While I’m a girl that loves chocolate, I also love dried fruit and nuts.  Have fun with ingredients and you’ll never get bored with this delicious treat!

 

(Recipe courtesy of Bless This Mess)

 

2) Baked Banana Chips

            Baked banana chips are one of my all time favorite snacks and you can find them at almost any grocery store!  But, why buy them when you can make them yourself?!  Here is an easy, delicious recipe to try if you have some extra time on a lazy Sunday!

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 ripe, thinly sliced bananas (the thinner the slice, the crunchier the chip)
  • Lemon juice (1 lemon will be enough)
  • Honey (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200F.
  2. Grab a sheet pan, some tin foil and grease with some cooking spray.
  3. Dip or drizzle banana slices in the lemon juice.
  4. Place slices in a single layer on sheet.
  5. Bake for 2 hours, flip, then continue to cook until they are at the desired crispness.
  6. When done, remove from oven and place on a rack or plate to cool.
  7. Let them cool completely! Do not skip this step, it is what helps give the chips their crunch.
  8. Optional: after the chips have cooled, drizzle with honey for some extra sweetness.
  9. Enjoy after cooling or place them in an airtight container to enjoy later!

 

(Recipe courtesy of Diet Hood)

 

3) Hummus and Veggies

While this snack may not seem like the most exciting of the bunch, it requires absolutely no prep and you can customize it to exactly what you like! There are so many amazing flavors of hummus at the grocery store (my personal favorite is Sabra’s Roasted Garlic Hummus) but if you’re feeling a bit wild, you can even make your own with this recipe from The Food Network!  For vegetables, the sky is the limit. Carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers always make for a yummy snack. 

 

4) Mixed Fruit Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Wyman’s Frozen Fruit (locally sourced from Maine!)
  • ½ cup of cottage cheese (To all the cottage cheese haters…I promise you can’t taste it!)
  • 1 Cup Oikos TripleZero Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • ½ cup spinach (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender, but make sure to put the yogurt in first so that it hits the blade first. Since there is no liquid in this recipe (water is an option if your finding it hard to blend), it is important that the yogurt hits the blade first so the frozen fruit can blend easier!
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour into your favorite cup (I love Mason jars) and enjoy!

 

5) Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6 small tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash of salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • ½ cup grated/shredded Parmesan

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven 400 degrees
  2. Rinse tomatoes and slice into halves. 
  3. Toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange on a baking pan, top with Parmesan cheese and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

 

(Recipe courtesy of Rasamalaysia)

 

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About The Author

Gabbi is a junior at the University of Maine studying English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Psychology. Some of her favorite activities include hiking, binge watching Netflix and eating all the chocolate in sight!

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