Okay, that isn’t quite true! It is a possibility though! Last week I promoted “Smart Snacking in College” at the Wellness Center. While the majority of people consider “stressful snacking” to be overeating, many studies show that when students are stressed they resort to their fingernails… or under-eating! I wanted to find out how UND students were snacking, especially with the stress of finals coming up. Being a dietetic student, there was an OVERLOAD of ideas in my brain to share with you guys. Obviously, I wanted my information to be from credible sources. With SO many people claiming their way is the best way in nutrition it can be tough to know what to believe. After filtering through tons of information, I came up with the following general recommendations for snacks:
- Don’t overdo your snacks!
- Contain carbohydrates!
- Fuel your brain
- Helps digestion
- Protein filled!
What are you putting into your body? Using credible information when it comes to nutrition is SO important for your best and healthiest life! Where can you be sure to find this? A few resources to take a look at are:
- A Registered Dietitian
Here are some quick ideas for you in your busy lifestyle!
Make-your-own Trail Mix:
Try:Whole grain, low sugar cereal
Sunflower seeds,Raw Almonds, Dried fruit (raisins, craisins, etc.), Dark Chocolate
Throw together ingredients and put into individual Ziploc bags for each day!
Try: Blue Diamond 100 calorie pack raw almonds
Why? Fiber, protein, healthy fat, B vitamins
Price: $3.99/7 pack ($0.57 per packet)
Try: Kashi TLC (Tasty Little Crunchies) Bar
Why? One package has 180 calories, 4g fiber, 6g protein, 100% whole grains, 8g added sugar
Price: $5.12/12 bars ($0.42 per bar)
Greek Yogurt dip:
Try: Dill Dip
+1 Cup Non-fat PLAIN Greek Yogurt
+3 teaspoons dried dill weed (find it in the spices section!)
Mix together and enjoy! Dip carrots, celery, whole-grain crackers
Why? Protein, Probiotics (help digestion)
Greek yogurt is a great replacement for dips using cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream, or butter.
Price: $1.75 for yogurt, $3.98 for dried dill weed that can be used multiple times!
Popcorn with added spices:
Why? Popcorn is a whole grain!
Gradually added spices and test it out until it tastes just right!
I also had members fill out a short survey about their snacking habits. The options to choose from for snack items were: crackers, candy, cheese stick, fruit, vegetables, nuts, cookies, yogurt, sports drinks, milk, chips, pop, ice cream. I was impressed that the item that was most commonly snacked on was yogurt! Good job, you guys! The most common activity that those were snacking during was watching television! The majority of those who took the survey claimed they consumed less when feeling stressed. Continue that healthy snacking UND students! I would advise against relying on fingernails for nutrients though!