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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
4/15/13 10:21 A

Snacking on the right foods will keep blood sugar balanced...

Tote 3/4 cup of Multi Grain Cheerios in a baggie for a crunchy treat.

Grab three graham cracker squares to get 15-20 g of carbs.

Air popped popcorn..popcorn is easy to grab on the go and full of fiber with vitamins and minerals.

Pear and 1 ounce of light Brie about 120 Calories

Whole Grain Cocktail Rye Bread, 3-ounce pull-top can Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water, chop 3 grape tomatoes and a little cucmber or red onion

An Apple, peach pear, plum, cherries, berries....

meatballs with brown rice...make a batch , freeze them and you can grab a few whenever...
Deli roast beef which is almost as low in fat as turkey. Two to three deli slices are less than 150 calories..applesauce cup...turkey rolls with string cheese...Romaine is high in nutritional value and so is spinach

Green and red pepper slices, baby carrots, cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, with a couple of tablespoons of ranch dip, salsa or hummus. Sargento Reduced Fat Provolone, Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese , Kraft Shredded Part SKim Mozzerella

Avocados deliver almost 20 vitamins, minerals add some crabmeat

Coleman has great coolers and even a small thermos for soup or chili...and it does stay warm...yes insulated sacks are great too!

Sardines (pop open the can), shrimp,chickpea and tomato salad, or maybe Olives which do contain fat, but it's the healthy monounsaturated kind, stuff black olives with reduced fat cream cheese....

Eggs and blueberries, apples and strawberries, 20 almonds and avocados are energy boosters too.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 4/15/2013 (10:24)
CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
4/15/13 9:08 A

yup, an insulated sack and containers will be your friend.

Just because you need to eat - does not mean you need to buy everything on the go.

Lots of great suggestions for grab-and-go snacks/lunches.

Little cans of tuna
Boiled eggs (at least if your fellow students can take it - perhaps peeled first so the smell is dissipated) (my hubby says there's one guy in his class who has a tendency to bring eggs and other smelly ingredients - so that's why I mention it)

Chop your own cheese and put in containers, combined with a little something else (apple slices, for instance)
PB & celery
other nut butters & veggies
Tahini is good, too (or make hummus)

Of course, you have to be aware of allergies nowadays, but there's lots you can take without purchasing it

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4/14/13 11:11 P

first, I think you need to invest in a good quality insulated lunch tote and some fit and fresh containers. That will allow you more options to take along with you such as veggies, yogurt, cottage cheese, cold sandwiches, salads, and just about anything else you can think of.

Buy the light string cheese or mini babybel cheeses. They are 50 calories per serving. Very tasty too!!

You can also buy already made tuna salad in a pouch that requires no refrigeration. Each pouch is 100 calories and packed full of protein goodness! You can pack along some whole grain crackers or bread.


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4/14/13 11:10 P

Nuts are high in calories but string cheese shouldn't be so bad. If you have to snack that frequently, you should have protein in each snack and some carb: egg, peanut butter, cottage cheese, hard cheese, yogurt, tuna, chicken or turkey for the protein and fruit or crackers or bread for the carb. The important thing is to plan and pack each snack separately so you are controlling the portions and calories: 3 crackers with a tablespoon of peanut butter, a veggie (celery or cucumber or carrot) with 1/3 cup seasoned cottage cheese to dip, 1 to 3 oz of tuna and an apple, one slice of lean chick or turkey or ham wrapped around a piece of melon, etc. It's important that the carbs be low so you don't get sleepy with a carb load and important that there be protein so you don't have your blood sugar drop so quickly.
However, if you need to snack that often, are your meals sufficient? Are you eating breakfast? Have you tried making your meals a little larger, putting the calories there instead of in a snack, to see if you can last longer that way?
Good luck with college!

SPORTSGIRL30 Posts: 1,433
4/14/13 11:05 P

Off the top of my head:

An apple, grapes in a baggie, low fat string cheese, a serving of Pirate's Booty or other type of natural chips or popcorn are all easy to eat and easy to carry snacks.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (254,186)
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4/14/13 11:03 P

Can you take some little bags of cut up celery and carrot sticks, and some pieces of apple, to nibble on, and put just a few nuts in there with them? I sometimes put in some banana, too, because I find that reasonably filling. I also always have a very high fibre bar which is fairly low in calories (100 or less) in my bag for emergencies, too!

Maybe you could make some sandwiches and take with you - peanut butter if you like it, or mashed banana with a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you cut them into 4's rather than 1/2's you are better placed to nibble mindfully. I used to make hubby sandwiches on wholegrain, that were sliced apple with a little honey, or honey with a sprinkle of sultanas or raisins. He loved them.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 4/14/2013 (23:04)
MS_LEESA_G Posts: 29
4/14/13 10:46 P

I've recently gone back to college (I'm 51) and I find I start to space out and can't concentrate if I don't eat something every two hours.

It's become a strain on my budget to keep running over to Sizzler for a hunk of salmon, or to the local bakery for a tuna sandwich.

Carrying nuts or string cheese is great, but kind of high calorie...

Suggestions pls?

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