Best meals and snacks to pack during busy class days

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While it may be nice to have all your classes crammed into two days, it’s not pleasant to be running around without a minute to stop. Usually, this means that you can’t even catch a break to go home and grab lunch as well. Buying food on campus is always an option, but let’s be real: We aren’t called broke college students for nothin’. To help you on the busiest days of your week, we at the Clog have drafted a few food ideas for the the next time you’re hungry and in a hurry.

Early morning snack 

It’s only 10 a.m. and your stomach is roaring, a punishment for skipping breakfast. The best quick fix? Have some chia seed pudding. Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3s and keep you hydrated throughout the day. Plus, all it takes is some almond milk, vanilla and any other spices you want to throw in. After mixing it all together, place the mixed ingredients in a jar and let the mixture sit in the fridge for a few hours. This makes mornings much easier if you’re rushing out the door. Plus, you can add a bunch of different toppings such as fruit, trail mix and granola.

Lunch

Don’t give in to the long lines at Yali’s or Golden Bear Cafe! Instead, recreate your own gourmet lunch. For a meal that’s cheap but also diverse, start packing wraps. With a single tortilla, you can make a burrito, a hummus and veggie wrap, chicken caesar salad wrap, a breakfast wrap, Thai tofu wrap, Mediterranean wrap, peanut butter and banana (add a little honey and cinnamon, too!) — the list literally rolls on forever. This easy-make meal also doesn’t take up much space, leaving more room for an emergency nap pillow to use in between classes. Just pair it with a piece of fruit or some pretzels and you’ll be good to go.

Late afternoon cravings 

Those late night classes can drag on if you’ve already attended three others during the day. This means you’ll probably be craving a hearty meal in your last class. To curb the cravings, high-protein snacks are perfect to pack. Greek yogurt and trail mix is always a solid choice, especially because you can mix up flavors and toppings.

If you want to opt against the dairy option, packing a pasta salad is a great option. This is something that can hang out in your backpack for most of the day and still taste great when you sit down to eat it. Just like many of the other options, this is a meal that you can mix up every day of the week.

Have fun crafting meals, Golden Bears!

Kirsty Fowler is the blog editor. Contact Kirsty Fowler at [email protected].

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