Jeanette Jenkins Shares 10 Healthy Dorm Room Snacks Every Student Should Eat

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When you’re in college and buying your own groceries, preparing your own meals, or rather the lack thereof, feeling satisfied and energized may seem harder than it is. But you get the point… it doesn’t have to be that hard. Snacking is a good way to keep your food habits in check when you’re on the go or chilling in the dorm. You remember what you eat, eat healthier, and binge less, while staying energized! Below are some healthy and easy-to-make dorm snacks provided by The Hollywood Trainer, Jeanette Jenkins. "The key is to keep your portions small and drink lots of water," says the celebrated trainer and nutritionist.

1. Carrots

Eating organic fruits and vegetables are the best option, but even if they aren't, eating carrots is generally better than snacking on potato chips. Carrots taste good in
smoothies, too. 

2. Granola/fiber bars 

Make sure each bar is under 200 calories and have at least 4-5 grams of fiber. Try this homemade granola recipe.

3. Vegetable soup 

Make your soup in the morning or at night and then use a thermos to store the soup for when you're ready for lunch or dinner. 

4. Bag of Apples

You know what tastes good with apples? Peanut Butter! If you need an extra energy boost, this combo is healthy and tasty! Even just a plain apple is good. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." 

5. Oranges

Vitamin C helps every aspect of your health: your skin, immunity, energy, brain power, and more. And oranges are the easiest fruit to carry on the go, peel, and eat. 

6. Sandwich 

Sandwiches don't have to be extravagant to be fulfilling. Opting for the good old PB&J or Turkey (on wheat, grain, or gluten-free bread with the wholesome ingredients of course) not only is simple and healthy but will make you feel light and carefree again. 

7. Trail mix - snack size

Store-bought trail mix is good but can be high in calories. Portion control is especially important here. Also, making your own trail mix might be a good option. 

8. Pretzels

Pretzels are low in calories and satisfy the need for a quick starch. If you find pretzels too plain, toppings such as peanut butter or dark chocolate are good options. 

9. Greek yogurt

... is better when it's high in protein. Some good ones include Oikos, Wallaby Organic, and Stoneyfield. 

10. Protein shakes

Or even a low-sugar smoothie with protein powder takes the place of a meal and leaves you feeling refreshed. If you're located in Atlanta, PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT has recently partnered with Lucky Lotus in Atlanta's Ponce City Market, which makes fresh smoothies with superfood ingredients. Other than that, protein shakes and powders can be found at any health food store, but make sure to research a brand before going full-throttle. 

For other healthy ideas, read through the many tips, recipes, and stories under SAVOR, here on prettygirlssweat.com!

Ameerah de Chabert has always had a passion for writing amongst a love for the arts in general. She began to pursue this passion in the arts from just 2 years old. She went on to attend an arts high school where she majored in creative writing and minored in dance. Besides that, Ameerah is pursuing film and stage management as a career with journalism as a more personal pursuit to share stories and relate people to each other. So far, she has been able to do that by working with Vox Teen Communications and Pretty Girls Sweat. She is now entering university as a film major. The arts are very fundamental to Ameerah. She hopes to one day be a loud voice for artists and an advocate for the arts, and later on a voice in the fight for human rights and environmental sustainability.