New snacks, new you

Between a love affair with Netflix, spending hours on Yik Yak, and all those holiday sweets, students’ health has more than likely taken a downturn since last semester. Shed the Freshman 15 and the Christmas cookie pounds with these healthy and quick snacks that can be made easily in a dorm.

Sophomore Alyssa Daigle loves snacking on trail mix.

“I like to combine whole almonds and dried cranberries. It’s super easy to throw in a bag and not too expensive!”

Pick up a bag of almonds and cranberries at Tom Thumb for just $2.99.

Craving something chocolatey? Kaci Rood, a sophomore, loves to snack on this sweet treat. Create banana sandwiches with sliced banana and peanut butter. Dunk in melted dark chocolate for a boost of antioxidants.

Late night studying calls for some serious snacking. Cheesy kale chips make an excellent alternative to potato chips. Kale is loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, protein, and folate, which is key for brain development. A tasty snack that will boost your brain power, what’s not to love?

Here’s your guide to making those crispy kale “chips”:

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1 head of Lacinato kale

2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast

Sea salt to taste

1. Rinse the kale.

2. Dry with paper towels. ( Less water = more crunch!)

3. Tear the leaves into 1/2-inch pieces.

4. Thoroughly coat with oil.

5. Sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast and Sea Salt. For a non-vegan option, use Parmesan cheese. Turn up the heat with black pepper or cayenne for a healthy kick.

6. Microwave for 3 minutes or until crisp.

Healthy eating can be inexpensive, fun, and surprisingly easy. Next time a craving hits, turn to these healthy choices. Your body will thank you.

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