Tuesday, September 6, 2011

3 "Mildly Healthy" Late Night Student Snacks

How was your first day on campus? 

My bet is your thoughts are focused on how you're going to find the cash to pay for all those textbooks you never-ever wanted but are forced to buy. You may also be pondering where you have to go for tomorrow’s classes or how you're going to meet that guy or girl you noticed today.

Snacking might not be high on your priority list at the moment…but it will be soon. Once you start having to actually study you're going to want late night food.

Keep in mind that snacking can be very evil to your waistline. Sarah from hackcollege.com shares how to get control of your late night snacking habit. Snacking can also be a godsend when it stops your stomach from grumbling. With that in mind, here are 3 snacks you can whip up. They're easy on your budget and won't cause havoc to your waistline.

Hickory Flavored Cheese and Lettuce Wraps.

To make:
  • Spread 1 tbsp of hickory flavored barbecue sauce over a flour tortilla
  • Sprinkle with some shredded cheddar cheese
  • Microwave for 15 to 20 seconds or until cheese is melted
  • Top with chopped lettuce and quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Roll and eat!
Awesomeness Snack Factor: Easy to make, super flavorful because of the hickory flavored bbq sauce and it's easy to love wraps with melted cheese inside!

BTW: Boost the nutrition by using whole wheat flour tortillas and reduce calories by going easy on the cheese.

 Vanilla Yogurt and Blueberry Waffles

To make:
  • Toast a frozen waffle
  • Top with low-fat vanilla yogurt and fresh blueberries
  • Lightly drizzle with maple syrup
Awesomeness Snack Factor: A midnight snack that tastes like breakfast! It’s technically morning anyway so why not?

BTW: Use whole wheat waffles for extra fiber. It'll keep you feeling full longer and will...well you know where I'm going with this...

Student "Scooby" Snacks

To make:
  • Top 5 Ritz Crackers with slices of pepperoni
  • Lightly sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each
  • Cook in the microwave on high power for 10 seconds or until cheese is melted
  • Top each with a slice of green olive
Awesomeness Snack Factor: What does this snack and Scooby-Doo have in common? Absolutely nothing...I just thought the name was fun! Sure this may not be the healthiest snack but it beats eating an entire box of "Scooby Snacks" or a bag of fattening chips. At least the protein from the meat and cheese will keep your stomach feeling full longer so you're less likely to want to eat afterwards like Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

BTW: Use whole wheat crackers for extra nutrition and substitute in a low-fat turkey pepperoni to reduce fat.

Song Pairing Suggestions:
Back to School” from the movie Billy Madison because your back at school. Duh!

Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen because I once had a totally hot accounting professor (she was smokin’) and know from experience that a good looking teacher can make even the worst class…better.

"Scooby Snack Song” by Amon. If you like dance music and Scooby-Doo then this tune should work for you.

I know Scooby-Doo would eat all these snacks...would you?

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Recipes by Brent "The Kitchen Roadie" Garell. Tested in the Cook-a-Palooza kitchen while dreaming of his former accounting teacher's assets.

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