Skip the vending machines

Let’s be honest; eating healthy during our busiest days can be challenging. From running errands to attending lectures, your go-to snack is anything from the vending machine or Tim Hortons. But, having some healthy snacks can make your busiest days a little more productive!

And a healthy snack doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re looking for something convenient and easy, we have you covered!

We’ve hand-picked five healthy options that you can keep in your bag at all times.

Greek yogurt

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Greek yogurt is a staple grab-and-go snack for your busiest days. A single serving provides many health benefits while satisfying your hunger; after all it’s packed with protein and calcium. It’s the perfect snack to consume, from boosting metabolism to improving bone health.

Granola bars

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Who doesn’t love a granola bar? They have great ingredients such as grains, fruits, and nuts, making them flavourful and nutritious. However, some can have loads of sugar. So, before you purchase your next granola bar, review the sugar content.

But the good news is, there are tons of different granola bars out there so we guarantee you’ll be able to find one that satisfies your cravings even without all the sugar.

Fruits

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Packing a combination of your favourite fruits is simple and hassle-free. But, deciding which fruits to carry on your busiest days can be tricky.

If you’re in a rush, make sure you have some bananas or apples on deck, since they don’t require any preparation in advance. And on days where you have a little extra time, you can consider fruits like cantaloupes, honeydew melons and pineapples.

Either way, pack your fruits overnight to avoid rushing in the mornings, making it easier to grab and go.

Smoothies

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If you’re a smoothie lover, it’s your time to shine. Get creative by blending your favourite fruits or vegetables to make the perfect smoothie. They are easy to prepare and customizable to suit your preferences.

Drinking smoothies regularly provides many health benefits. Ready to get busy in the kitchen? Here are some smoothie recipes to try!

Healthy veggie chips

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Have you ever purchased anything from the organic aisle in a grocery store? If not, now is the time to start. The truth is as tasty as your favorite Lays or Ruffles chips may be, they are not healthiest option. So instead, opt for a healthier substitute in the organic section. For example you can try, veggie chips. They’re made with less sodium and more fibre and help keep your hunger at bay.

As college and university students, eating healthy can be challenging while juggling a busy schedule. That’s why its great to have a list of healthy grab and go snacks you can count on to keep you full.

Incorporating healthy snacks into your most active days improves your health while boosting your productivity. Next time you don’t know what to pack, try out one of these snacks!


For more advice on healthy eating habits, here are 5 ways to eat healthy on a student budget

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