Tori Keegan- Staff Writer 

With the semester in full swing, midterms here and our lives crazier than ever, it’s hard to find time for sleep­— not to mention food. Having healthy snacks throughout the day that you can eat on the go will help keep your energy up and those hunger pains away. Small snacks will keep your metabolism going, which can help if you’re looking to lose weight. It also helps control blood sugar so you’re not suffering from headaches or becoming light-headed. Snacking also prevents overeating once you find the time to have lunch or dinner. Here are 15 ideas to help keep your bodies going strong:

1. Granola: You can eat it by itself or add it to Greek yogurt for a crunch. It will provide fiber and is a healthy fat, which can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

2. Trail mix: Why not make yours with mixed nuts, raisins and M&Ms? Make a big batch and store some in single-serve containers for convenience and to control portion size.

3. Peanut butter: It’s inexpensive, has a long shelf life and is versatile. You can dunk your favorite vegetable and crackers in it or just eat it plain. Peanut butter is high in protein and also contains healthy fat.

4. Oatmeal: It’s easy to make and is something that you can either have for breakfast or as a snack. It is high in fiber, which keeps you fuller longer.

5. Fruit cups: A great alternative to a candy bar or fruit snacks, you can pick some up at Mills Marketplace or Jazzman’s if you run off to class or the library without grabbing something to eat first.

6. Energy or protein bars: Easy to keep in your bag, there are many different kinds so you are sure to find one that with help fill your craving.

7. Cheese: String cheese or some cheese with crackers provides a variety of nutrients such as calcium, protein, zinc and Vitamins A and B12.

8. Hummus: A perfect dip for crackers, veggies and pretzels, it is high in protein, has healthy fats and lowers cholesterol. It also comes in a variety of flavors if you don’t like plain hummus.

9. Apples: They are inexpensive and you can just throw one in your bag. If you’re going to have apples, why not have applesauce for variety? It is sweet and still nutritious.

10. Low-fat popcorn: Popcorn can be healthy as long as you get a brand low in fat. Popcorn is high in fiber and is found to have some antioxidant properties.

11. Whole wheat crackers: Perfect for satisfying the need to crunch on something. Even better, top with peanut butter, cheese or hummus. By choosing a whole wheat cracker you are gaining more fiber, Vitamin B and iron.

12. Almonds: Although they are high in fat, it is a healthy fat that can help prevent heart disease and heart attacks, lowers cholesterol and helps with weight loss. In addition, they help brain function and the nervous system.

13. Bananas: This inexpensive fruit is perfect for snacking and is loaded with nutrients, such as potassium, and can help replenish your body after you exercise.

14. Carrots and celery: Perfect for dipping in hummus or peanut butter, this is a snack that is completely nutritious and also low in calories while still providing you with the energy you need.

15. Pudding: Low-fat pudding is a great snack. It’s perfect for serving by itself or as a dip for fruit. It’s high in calcium and also has a wide variety of vitamins.

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