When you’re running across campus from lectures to labs, it’s not always easy to find a healthy option within your college budget. You’re tired, stressed, hungry, and about ready to eat anything you can get your hands on.
While it’s tempting to reach for a bag of chips or a candy bar from the vending machine, it’s probably not your best option.
We’ve put together a list of healthy, affordable snacks to stock up on and grab on your way out the door.
1. gimMe Roasted Seaweed 1 SmartPoint
While snacking on roasted seaweed may seem a little unusual, you should give it a try before ruling it out.
With a variety of flavors that include toasted sesame, teriyaki, and wasabi you’ll be surprised by how delicious they are. The unique flavors make them the perfect snack to munch on while studying.
2. Fresh Essential Banana Slices 2 SmartPoints
Made with 100% natural fruit, this snack puts a crunchy twist on your basic banana. Plus, they won’t turn brown in your backpack.
3. GoGo Squeez Applesauce 3 SmartPoints
Materne’s GoGo Squeeze organic applesauce couldn’t be easier to eat on the go. You can enjoy while typing, reading, writing, and walking, pretty much while doing anything except talking—all thanks to the squeeze top.
It comes in 14 different flavors including apple berry, apple banana, and apple mango.
Fair warning though: you will look and feel like a toddler during snack time.
4. POLLY-O Mozzarella String Cheese 3 SmartPoints
This snack is packed with 7 grams of protein, making it a great source of energy during a busy day of class.
What’s great about string cheese is that it’s always fun to eat, whether you’re someone who likes to pull it into strands or chomp down. Just don’t get too distracted while playing with your food.
3. Calibee Harvest Snaps, Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps 3 SmartPoints
When you’re in the mood for something salty, this light and airy snack should be your go to.
Once you start munching on these, you won’t want to put the bag down. Sold in snack sized packages and made from real green peas, you can finish the bag guilt-free.
If you’re looking for a kick of flavor, try them in wasabi ranch and caesar.
4. Welch’s Fruit Snacks 4 SmartPoints
When you’re struggling to stay awake during that two-hour lecture, this sugary childhood classic will perk you up.
You can buy these almost everywhere, including Target and Walmart and they’re available to buy in bulk. One order could last through the semester.
5. Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars 4 SmartPoints
Made with whole grains and real chocolate chips, this is the ultimate affordable snack to stock up on, sold for less than $5 a box at Walmart. They’re cheap and delicious.
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