Now that you’ve nailed your class schedule, (after dropping that boring 8 a.m. and picking up a much easier afternoon gen ed) you probably feel pretty good about yourself. Everything seems to be under control…except for your eating schedule. It’s hard to plan your meals when you have homework to do, club meetings to go to, and frat parties to attend. Sometimes you might not even get to eat dinner until late at night. That’s why it’s important to keep some healthy snacks in your backpack, if you happen to get cravings throughout the day. These snacks can be made ahead and last for a couple days. So make a batch, pack them, and avoid those embarrassing stomach grumbling moments in class.
Alexia Detweiler is a freelance food writer based in Lancaster, Pa. She married her high school sweetheart in June 2011 and has been using him as a guinea pig for her cooking since.
Granola bars are the obvious choice for a healthy after school snack. TheKitchn has granola bar making down to a science. Use this base recipe and add your own combination of oats, dried cereal, nuts, dried fruits and anything else that sounds good. Also check out their flavor combinations at the end of the recipe.
If you don’t have time bake your own snacks, here’s a list of some healthy options from the grocery store. Here’s a hint: Avoid the snack aisle. It may seem counterintuitive, but the healthier options are found in the organic section of the grocery store.
For a more communal snack, check out this updated zucchini bread with rosemary and orange. Bake it in the morning, set it out for your roommates to enjoy, and I guarantee it will be gone by that night.
If scones are the love child of a cake and a biscuit, then what are those rock hard sugar-crusted snacks they sell at Starbucks? Do yourself a favor, and bake your own sugar plum scones–vegan or regular. Your body, and your wallet, will thank you.
If your snacking style is more of a constant grazing, you might be looking for something like these maple-bacon-spiced nuts. Just make sure to exclude the bacon if it’s going to be in your backpack for longer than 12 hours.