Mastering The Munchies: College Snack Ideas

Mastering The Munchies: College Snack Ideas

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Between classes and club meetings or homework time and hanging out with friends, the life of a college student is incredibly busy. Not only is it busy but there are so many easy and very tempting food choices that may taste good for a moment on the lips but last for eternity on the hips. If you want to "master the munchies" try some of these delicious, healthy, and, most importantly, quick and easy snack ideas.

1. Chocolate Covered Banana Peanut Butter Bites

These combine all three of my favorite things: fruit, peanut butter, and chocolate for a snack that works for any meal of the day! Not only do you get a serving of fruit but a healthy dose of protein from the peanut butter and chocolate for an added bonus.

When making the banana bites, it is important to freeze the banana slices before adding the peanut butter and dipping it in chocolate. For a healthier alternative, dark chocolate can be substituted for milk chocolate.

2. Frozen Yogurt Covered Fruit

Easy, check. Healthy, check. Delicious, check. Versatile, check! Try any fruit from strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries along with any yogurt flavor from the traditional vanilla and strawberry to the new and slightly off-the-chart flavors like tropical fruit and cotton candy.

As with the banana bites, it is important to first freeze the fruit before dipping it in the yogurt and freezing again.

3. Yogurt Parfaits

As with the previous snack idea, this parfait can be made using any fruit imaginable along with any yogurt flavor! This is one snack idea that won't get boring any time soon!

4. Rice Cakes

Quaker Rice Cakes are not only college budget friendly but are also made in countless flavors from buttered popcorn and chocolate to apple cinnamon and caramel corn. As if the varying flavors were great enough, these cakes can be used as a piece of bread by adding peanut butter and bananas or peanut butter and chocolate chips. However, my personal favorite is a chocolate rice cake with peanut butter and strawberries.

5. Veggies

Veggies are so colorful that you can finally see and taste the rainbow while snacking. Carrots in ranch or celery in peanut butter are just a few of the many way veggies can be turned from a side at dinner to a grab-and-go snack.

Now that you have five new snack ideas to help you make it through the semester and three o'clock munch, you're on way to beating the munchies and keeping the "Freshman Fifteen" at bay.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

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Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.

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I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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