snacks in a backpackSchool days are long for every student and a short lunch break isn’t enough to get through the day. Hunger can lead to fatigue and difficulty focusing, so staying satisfied throughout the day is very important.

It may seem like an easy option to grab a bag of chips from the vending machine, but that bag of chips won’t keep you full for long. The unhealthy snacks can quickly begin to affect the health of a student, but snacks aren’t all bad.

Here are some of the best healthy snack options for students to keep inside their backpack whenever hunger strikes.

  • Nuts – Nuts are packed with fiber and heart healthy fatty acids, but they also keep you full for a long time. Nuts are a great snack to eat on the go and even a small amount will leave you feeling full and satisfied. They are a great brain food and almost as good as that candy bar with nuts you’d normally buy, but much healthier!
  • Dried Fruit – Freeze dried and dehydrated fruit are great options to get your sweet fix while getting in a serving of fruit. Traditional fresh fruit can easily bruise in your bookbag, but these prepackaged snacks will last all day long. If this becomes a favorite snack of yours, you can even invest in a dehydrating machine and make it yourself at home!
  • Protein Bars – Protein bars are a quick and easy way to get an energy filled snack that really curbs your hunger. There are a variety of brands and flavors –  chocolate chip, brownie, almond, peanut butter, and vanilla. But not all protein bars are created equal. Many are so loaded with sugar, they are more like a candy bar than a dietary supplement.  Be sure to look for one which is high in protein and low in sugar.
  • Popcorn – Popcorn is not only a hit with kids, but it is a whole grain!  It actually contains fiber, which makes it a filling snack. Try experimenting with different toppings like parmesan cheese or cinnamon and sugar.