Healthy Snacks for the School Semester

Don’t you love New York in the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, if I knew your name and address. – You’ve Got Mail

Whether you’re gearing up for scarves and plaid, or you’re still sweating it out with me in the sweltering heat, a new school semester is here! Of all the things I love about my job, the newness that comes every few months, is without a doubt one of my favorites. I love having new schedules to organize in excel (don’t judge), new students to meet, new courses to teach. This newness, though, is also met with a huge influx of work. Everything is new, so you’re starting over. All those new students? They have names. The new courses? They require content creation.

In all the excitement, it can be easy to put health on the back-burner. This is especially easy because all of the sudden it becomes acceptable to wear oversized sweaters that could also double as pajamas but we’ll just call it business casual mmmmk? For real though, the appeal of summer abs is waning and you couldn’t be more excited to color-code files and make new spreads in your bullet journal.

Along with all the new tasks, comes long days on campus. Whether a student or teacher, snacks become essential. With quite a few semesters under my belt (let’s not count, ok) in both roles I’ve found several snacks that seem to keep coming back. These are great because they don’t require refrigeration and can be left in book bags and desk drawers for easy access should someone become hangry (who me?). Click on the link for each snack to order them right now so you’re stocked for studying!

Lara Bars

I will never tire of these gems. I prefer the traditional lara bar to their other varieties, but they’re all full of whole food goodness. Be sure to get a variety of flavors so you’re mixing up the nutrients from different nuts/seeds.

Apple Slices with Cinnamon

Fruit is a great snack because it’s sweet and can give you some quick brain energy. I add cinnamon to my apple slices to help them digest a bit slower and keep your blood sugar from spiking from the fructose. Plus, it’s tasty, so a major win.

Applesauce Pouch

Embrace your inner child whenever you think of snacks. Applesauce pouches are ooooh so good paired with a handful of almonds and hold up really well in a book bag. TIP: If you’re ever caught without a snack, you can find buddy fruits and almonds at Starbucks!

Nuts + Seeds

These are great to partner with any fruit so you’re getting all your nutrients in one snack. My favorites are almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pistachios. Check the ingredients on nuts, though, because sometimes there’s way more than nuts in the package….stupid.

Granola Clusters

I love granola, but I’m extremely picky. I don’t like it when it’s just cereal-like and you’re basically eating handfuls of oats. Yuck. Instead I opt for Whole Me clusters or Bear Naked Snack Bites. These are both AMAZING.

Water Bottle

This isn’t really a snack, but many times when we feel tired or hungry, we’re really thirsty. Be sure to get that water throughout the day to keep your energy up! There are tons of bottles out there, but I really love this one from Soma.

As you’re searching for snacks, my number one tip for you is to look at those ingredients!!! Even in “healthy” snacks there are sometimes very strange ingredients. Don’t stress about it, but try and make the best choice for you, both nutritiously and financially.

Do you have other staple snacks?? Share them below!

Adrienne is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and holds a masters degree in Exercise Science. Her passion is to help people find a healthy balance between #IIFYM and #YOLO.

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