If you are one of those students who makes frequent trips to the vending machine at 11:00 at night to fuel another couple of hours of cramming, you aren’t alone.
For my first year in university, I spent probably $5/day just on snacks (granted, now that vending machine “food” is so damn expensive I guess I’m not surprised – that’s only like two bags of chips). Sometimes I’d spend zero, but the days that I was hanging out at school until late, trying to get through the next few chapters, I lived off of skittles and potato chips.
Not only are they expensive but they are really unhealthy, too. Why put your body through that? It’s not good for your mind and eating all of that sugar and sodium can counteract the good you are doing with studying.
Here are some easy snacks that I’ve started carrying around in my backpack everywhere for when hunger strikes:
I read something once that said popcorn has more iron and fibre in it than leafy greens, which made me incredibly happy since I’m a huge fan of popcorn.
I make a big batch of it with my air popper (they cost like $30 and you can use it in a dorm) and it lasts me for days.
I remember one of the vending machines at my school sold bags of popcorn for $2.50 (!!) for a chip-sized bag, and I can make popcorn including butter for under $0.50 for the same amount.
Cheese and Crackers
This isn’t even remotely healthy unless you eat it with whole wheat crackers or Triscuits or something and low fat cheese, but it’s way better than vending machine food.
I love cheese and crackers and think they are delicious. Cheese isn’t cheap but it’s still cheaper than vending machine food and will keep you full for longer. Crackers can be found on sale for really cheap.
There are a lot of granola bars out there these days that are just needlessly expensive. I mean, just because it has “fibre” on the title doesn’t mean it’s a superfood, so calm down, granola bar producers.
In any case, you can get no-name or store brand granola bars to do the trick and you can even keep them in a dorm since they don’t need refrigeration.
I heard somewhere – and now I can’t remember where – that people that eat nuts every day live much longer than people that don’t.
That’s neither here nor there when you are hungry at school and you have a full night of studying ahead of you, but it’s a nice little bonus.
Easy, cheaper than chips, (get peanuts if you are on a budget) and delicious and you have yourself a filling snack.
Plus one that you can keep in your dorm or backpack and won’t go bad or spoil on you.