Snacking is a great way to help get in all of the nutrients you need and keep your energy levels high throughout the day. Healthy snacking between meals can help to regulate blood sugar levels, preventing that dreaded 4pm slump.
Depending how close you are to your next meal, the size of your snacks will vary. Anything from a small piece of fruit to a slice of avocado toast with an egg can be a good snack depending on your hunger levels. Keep in mind that the amount of food a person needs each day varies, and too much snacking can lead to weight gain. That’s why it is important to listen to your body!
Eat when you’re hungry and try to avoid mindless snacking when you are bored, tired, or stressed. Take a few minutes throughout the day to enjoy your snack, as distractions such as the TV can cause you to miss your body’s fullness cues and you may end up eating more than your body needs.
Ready to pack some good snacks and start the semester strong? Here are a few simple and healthy snack ideas to get you started:
Planning out your snacks and having them pre-portioned will make snacking on the go a breeze. Look for snacks that combine protein, carbohydrates, and some healthy fats for a winning combo that will provide important nutrients and energy for all of your activities.
1. Crackers or bread
Top crackers or a slice of bread with nut butter and banana, or try it with hummus, sliced cheese, and mashed avocado for a mini sandwich that will keep you full through the afternoon. In a rush? Just grab a banana and some peanut butter to go.
2. Energy Bites
These little balls are full of nourishing ingredients and will give you a great energy burst when you’re running from class to class or to the gym. Try this recipe to start (no special equipment required!), then experiment by adding your own favourite ingredients.
3. Veggies and Dip
There’s nothing more classic than crunchy veggies and creamy hummus. Chop up carrots, celery, and bell peppers (or grab some from your dining hall) and pair it with a few spoonfuls of hummus. Add a few pieces of pita or whole grain crackers to make this a bigger snack.
4. Fruit and nuts
An easy grab-and-go option. Grab a banana or an apple on your way out the door and have an easy snack ready for when mid-class hunger strikes. Pair it with a small handful of nuts for a boost of protein and healthy fats.
A great whole grain snack that is filling and has that satisfying crunch. Toss 2 cups in a container and take it with you for easy snacking on the go.
Thanks to UBC dietetics student Britney Lentz for drafting this article!