Snacks are many a college student’s main fare. As a rule, they are not only loaded with refined sugar and harmful fats but they are also expensive, especially when purchased from a vending machine. Why do students pay $1.00 for a candy bar that makes them sick and overweight?
Candy bars,chips and other snack foods are such a favorite with college students(and other varieties of homo sapiens), because they taste good and they are convenient. Unfortunately, they will also cause tremendous harm to your body. To live without them will require some effort because your body is addicted to the sugar and flavor enhancers in your snacks and your mind is addicted to the convenience.
Dear college student, in order to fight the physical snack addiction, you will need to eliminate harmful flavorings such as refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined table salt and MSG from your diet. Substituting sea salt and stevia, honey, evaporated cane juice, maple syrup or agave syrup will decrease your cravings, because they will supply your body with trace minerals. Sea salt costs more per pound than regular salt, however, you will only need small quantities. Sweeteners are more of a problem. Evaporated cane juice is the least expensive and may be available in bulk at your healthfood store. However, it is still sugar and should not be consumed in large quantities. Buy only raw honey which possesses many healthful properties which are destroyed by the heat used to process honey. Stevia herb is a very powerful sweetener but has a very pronounced taste of its own. Try it. You may like it and you will be happy about its zero calories!
Planning your snacks as well as your regular meals will take care of your convenience problem. Purchase a cooler bag and a thermos to carry your some of the following with you:
- organic apples ( apples and peaches contain more pesticides than other fruit), bananas, grapes or other portable fruit. Buy what is in season. It will cost less and be of better quality. Apple slices dipped in peanut or almond butter taste great.
- boiled eggs.
- chunks of cheese, preferably raw milk.
- trail mix, homemade from raw or dry-roasted nuts and dried fruit without sulphur dioxide. Buy your nuts in bulk from your healthfood store. Raisins are usually dried without additives and they are cheap. Trail mix is great to fight your sugar/starch cravings.
- sandwiches made from sprouted-grain or sourdough bread. For your sweet tooth, try an old-fashioned snack: bread with butter, peanut butter or other nut butter and sugar (evaporated cane juice) honey, or organic apple butter.
- whole milk yoghurt, kefir or cottage cheese, preferably made from raw milk . Buy plain and add your own fruit, honey or other sweetener.
- cold chicken drum sticks or other cold meats.
- carrot sticks, celery sticks, jicama sticks, cauliflower or broccoli “trees” or mushrooms with hummus or other dip.
- canned tuna or other fish canned in olive oil or water. Avoid fish in soy bean oil.
- organic pop corn. Avoid non-organic pop corn. Corn is one of the worst genetically modified crops (GMO). Pop your own for a cheap organic snack.
- If you cannot yet live without your snack bar, buy energy bars made from organic ingredients such as Clif Bars or Luna Bars.
Hummus: ingredients: 1 can organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed, 3 cloves garlic, 1/4 cup tahini, 1 tbs. expeller-pressed flax or sunflower oil, 1/2 cup lemon juice, pinch of cayenne pepper, pinch of sea salt. Mash garbanzos with fork, mash garlic with fork, add remaining ingredients and blend with hand-held blender until creamy.
Mexican Bean Dip: ingredients: 1 can organic pinto or kidney beans, drained, save the liquid, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/8 tsp chili powder, pinch cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. lemon juice, pinch of sea salt . Mash beans with fork, add remaining ingredients including half of the saved liquid, blend with hand-held blender, add enough liquid to make a creamy dip.
Ranch Dip: ingredients: 1 cup organic mayonnaise, 1/2 cup organic sourcream, 1 clove garlic, 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley, sea salt. Mix mayonnaise and sourcream, add herbs, sprinkle garlic with a little sea salt and mash into paste, add to mayonnaise mix a little add a time until you like the taste. Add some dried herbs like basil, oregano, etc. for variety.
Read Affordable healthy foods for college students for information on basic ingredients and breakfast ideas. Read More affordable, healthy foods for college students for lunch and dinner recipes. Read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig for detailed nutrition information and many recipes. The hummus recipes is adapted from this book.
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