Staying healthy is really important to me, even as a full time student. I work hard to carve out time to go to the gym, even if it’s just half an hour. I care about what foods I put in my body and how they can affect how I feel. Being healthy isn’t just for hippies and those obsessed with how their bodies look– it gives you energy to get through the day and can really improve your confidence.

However, staying healthy on campus can be really difficult for a number of reasons. Busy schedules and crappy dorm food are two of the major reasons why students fall behind in taking care of their bodies. However, there are a few snacks that you can rely on to help you stay healthy even while living on campus with unhealthy food options.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the top two foods that have helped people lose weight are yogurt and nuts. This is awesome, because, hello, yogurt tastes basically like dessert. That stuff is freaking delicious. And nuts are pretty darn good too, and can take over that salty crunchy craving you might satisfy with chips.

So why are these two foods the best to help with keeping you healthy? Because they’re satisfying. Eating nuts and yogurt cause people to feel full because they’re high in protein and fiber, which results in slower digestion. So when you feel full, you eat less and you’re satisfied with a smaller portion and will be less likely to go snack on chips. Also foods high in protein gives you energy, so they’re great brain foods while studying.

So stock up on your favorite kinds of nuts (I personally love pecans) and store some yogurt in your fridge for a quick snack or even lunch if you’re running short on time. These will help wean you off foods like chips, sodas, and sweets. Plus, they’re super easy to carry around if you’re on the go, as most college kids are.

For more information on healthy food habits, check out Psychology Today’s full article here.

Do you have trouble with snacking on unhealthy foods? Would you replace them with yogurt and nuts? Let us know in the comments!

[via Psychology Today]

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