March is here, which means midterms are coming. This can be a stressful time in between exams and preparing for your plans for Spring Break. As college students, we tend to cram first and think about what we’re putting in our bodies second. So our article features snacks that are a triple threat -- healthy, inexpensive, and so easy to make! And you'll only need the most basic utensils to prepare them. So put away that instant ramen, here are get some healthy snacks to get you through the day.
- Grilled Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich
- Peanut Butter
- Teaspoon of olive oil for cooking
- 100% whole grain wheat bread
It sounds simple, but this sandwich is also packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins, giving you the right amount of energy to get you through your day. We recommend using 100% whole grain wheat bread, but you do you. Grill it on stovetop for the perfect melted taste. Smooth and buttery, just the way Elvis liked it.
- Simple Fruit Smoothies
- Almond Milk
- Frozen Packaged Berries and/or Fresh Fruit
- Optional: Peanut Butter, Granola, Oats, Cereal Flakes
In the era of kale & chia seeds, smoothies don’t have to be bougie.
Fresh fruit is expensive, so frozen packaged berries will do the trick. You can get them at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, or Safeway for fairly cheap prices. Combine bananas, almond milk, and fruit and mix it all in a blender. For extra sweetness, add a spoonful of honey. Great smoothies ingredients we recommend include peaches, strawberries, and (trust us) peanut butter! Top your smoothie off with some unblended fruit or grains such as granola, oats, or cereal flakes. Or, just put it in a smoothie shaker and go! Perfect for sipping in between classes.
- Protein Avocado Toast with Bacon and Egg
- 100% whole grain wheat bread
- Sea salt & Pepper
- Optional: Olive Oil
Can you believe they charge so much for avocado toast? Well, avocados aren’t always cheap, but this meal is!
First, get some whole grain wheat bread and toast it with an oven toaster or on the stove top. Take caution and slice your avocado open, and use a spoon to apply a generous amount of your avocado toast. Now, fry your egg sunny side up, and lightly set it on your avocado toast with your preference of how well done or runny you like your eggs. Oil your frying pan, and let’s fry some bacon! Once it’s crispy and ready, cut small slices of bacon to sprinkle over your egg. Top it off with some sea salt and pepper. Or for a more courageous taste, drizzle a delicious hot sauce like Sriracha or Tapatio! Olive oil is an alternative for a more refined classic taste.
- Mason Jar Veggie Salad
- Romaine Lettuce
- Dressing of choice
- Red Onions
- Tuna or Tofu
- Salt & Pepper
- Optional: Avocados, Bell Peppers, Cilantro
- Optional: Teriyaki and soy sauce for tofu
Do you remember the days of shaker salads? Now you can make a healthy version of your own with an all-purpose mason jar. Take canned chickpeas and lentils, or cook them until they are tender. Dice your tomatoes and onions, and cut the romaine lettuce into small strips. For extra protein, throw some chunks of tuna in there as well, or cook some firm tofu with teriyaki sauce and soy sauce. Combine and stack all the ingredients, drizzling dressing in between the layers. Top it off with avocados if they’re available and inexpensive in your area, and don’t forget the seasonings. Use pepper, sea salt, oregano, and even hot sauce. Try cilantro too, it’s cheap and goes well on everything. Then shake shake shake that mason jar and you’re good to go.
You can eat it at home, or take it with you in a tupperware to snack on in between classes.
Experiment with different ingredients and change it up for your favorite kind of salad!
- (Almost) Easy Street Tacos!
- Ground Beef or Vegetarian Grillers Crumbles
- Soft Street Taco tortillas
- White or Yellow Onion
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Lime Juice or Fresh Limes
- Salt & Pepper
- Optional: Hot Sauce, Guacamole
Whether it's Tuesday or game day, these tacos are super fun to make and eat. The only downside is cleaning up!
Here’s how you can make your own Pico de Gallo salsa:
Take tomatoes and white onions and dice them finely. You don’t need a lot, a little goes a long way. Add shredded cilantro, very finely diced jalapeños, and add lime juice and a pinch of salt. For that really yummy fresh taste, refrigerate the salsa for an hour before serving.
Next, take ground beef and cook it over the stove for seven to ten minutes. Don’t overcook it! You want the meat to stay juicy. For vegetarians, check out a delicious alternative with vegetarian grillers crumbles. Season the meat with salt and pepper while cooking. For bonus points, heat the tortillas until warm.
Now you’re ready to serve! Add some extra jalapeños, guacamole, or lime for an extra kick, and don’t forget the hot sauce! You’ll probably end up with extra tacos, so save that ground beef and pico de gallo in airtight containers for later. Or, share with friends for Taco Tuesday. Bon appetit!
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