Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Commuters Get Hungry Too!

Hey all! I hope you are enjoying the Chasing College Commuter Week Series so far! In my last blog post about what I keep in my backpack, I mentioned that you should always have a snack or two tucked away in case you get hungry or in case you forget your lunch/dinner at home. (Which happens to me ALL the time!) So let's get started!

No matter what, you should try to find food that fits any diet restrictions you may have or if there is a specific style of eating you are trying to adhere to (Gluten-free, Vegan, etc.). You should always have things that are non-perishable and that can easily be eaten on the way to class, before a meeting, or in the car on the way to work. All of these items are just my suggestion, but they have been lifesavers when I've needed them to give me enough energy for four more hours!

These are just a great thing to have tucked away in your backpack, purse, gym bag, whatever it may be. They don't get stale quickly and they usually can keep your hunger away for quite some time. They also are not messy when eating in or out of class!

Trail Mix
This can be a healthy option if you desire it to be! I prefer the trail mix with the chocolate, raisins, and peanuts, but you can also find the mixes with a bunch of different types of nuts, dried fruits, or other things. Check Mix is another similar option that can give you lots of energy to last through the day!

Cracker Snacks
Cracker snacks are a staple in my household. They are really filling but also don't have a high calorie count. They are inexpensive but still delicious! If you can't find the exact ones you want, you can always make some peanut butter cracker sandwiches with your favorite peanut butter and type of crackers. 

Apple Sauce
This is not quite a non-perishable, but it is a healthy option that can be filling for an 'expected' snack. If you are planning to pack a snack anyways, then this is a good option. You can also take a plastic spoon from the dining hall or campus cafe to eat the apple sauce while you're in class or when you're in the library studying. 

Sometimes, I crave something that is salty and crunchy, but yet not quite as fattening as a bag of potato chips. When this happens, I cook up a bag of popcorn and take about a third of it for lunch and for a snack for later. It is definitely a comfort food for when you are feeling stressed.

Granola Bar
Quite an obvious one, but granola bars are a great pick to have in your backpack that will last for weeks and not get stale or gross. Because there is such a huge number of granola bars out there, you will always be able to find a kind that you like. Whether you want a protein bar, a vegan one, something with chocolate, or just granola, you can always find something at the grocery store! 

Girl Scout Cookies
Sometimes you just need something sweet and girl scout cookies are a great way to take the edge off of a bad, horrible, no good day! We are currently in Girl Scout cookie sale season, so why not take advantage of it and pick a couple of Samoas or Thin Mints in your bag for the day! Did you know - some Girl Scout troops actually sell their cookies in the Dining Halls or Campus Centers of college campuses because they know college students will by some from them? This is why it is always important to have some extra cash tucked away in your backpack!!

Again, these are just my suggestions, but are some great and inexpensive snacks that you can tuck away in your backpack for a few days for when your hunger strikes! You never know when you are going to gain an appetite or need something to give you some energy for studying, so always having a snack at hand can help you a lot with your commuter lifestyle!! Stay tuned because tomorrow I'll be talking about places to spend your downtime between classes on your campus.

Is there a snack that you can't live without in your bag? Please share in the comments below your favorites!

enjoy the chase,

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