Written by BookRenter Briana
As the holiday approaches some of us start to worry about packing on the winter weight. Campus cafeteria food and dorm living (heavy influences of junk food lying around) make it hard for most college students to find healthy snack and meal solutions. Most of us are busy with school and it’s difficult to find quick recipes for our favorite comfort foods. I’ve been there, and craved my favorite comfort foods. But there are smarter solutions out there for busy people who don’t have time to make a four-course-meal.
Here are some easy recipes and tips to help you:
- Grilled cheese on wheat bread: Yes, many people would say yuck, but try it, it’s not that bad. Also pair it with a nice low fat cheese of your choice and you got yourself a healthy and filling meal.
- Chicken lettuce wraps: Instead of doing a big juicy quesadilla, try cooking a real chicken breast and wrap it in lettuce with some low fat ranch. If you’re feeling bold try whole wheat tortillas (they do make those you know). Dietsinreview.com has an easy chicken lettuce wrap on a whole wheat tortilla that looks Muy bien!
- Dried fruit: This is a quick, on the go snack that is a lot healthier than a bag of chips or cookies, which is one of my favorite snack choices. But those are not the best for your body so try and swap it out. You can find this at any local grocery store and it comes in many different varieties.
- Frozen yogurt: Ice cream is an all-time favorite comfort food. But we all know this is very high in calories. So instead of fatty ice cream, try frozen yogurt. Literally take a non-fat yogurt and put it in the freezer. This is even cheaper than buying frozen yogurt and it reminds me of eating sherbet ice cream…it’s just not as soft.
- Pita and hummus: Skip the chips and salsa and try this healthier alternative. And with the popularity of hummus comes multiple varieties of flavors so you’re bound to find a type you like.
- Mac N’ Cheese: Cookinglight.com has a great article on some fast, easy comfort foods that won’t hurt the waistline. The Mac N’ Cheese looks pretty yummy and is a college favorite!
Here are some extra tips that may help you stay on a healthier diet:
- After a late night of drinking, avoid the munchies and drink lots of water. This will curve your appetite for unhealthy snacking and help hydrate you for the next morning.
- Be careful with your portions (This only applies if you fall off the healthy wagon. If you must eat the cafeteria food don’t load up more than your tray allows).
- Try reading this: Sheila Buff at eDiets.com writes about healthier options for snacking and helpful tips to get on the right track.
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
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