In a perfect world, snacks would consist of fresh fruit and veggies. Realistically, though, there will probably be times in your college career when hunger strikes and your only option is a campus vending machine. For the most part, vending machine snacks are processed, high in sugar and salt, and low in nutrition, but if you’re smart about it, you can find snacks that aren’t full of empty calories that will leave you crashing in a few hours.

For breakfast, your best bets are a granola bar made from whole grains or an energy bar. Americans don’t get enough whole grains in their diet, and a granola bar can count towards your recommended daily whole grain requirements.

Early morning classes can leave you drained and hungry. If you need something to power you through til lunch, go for a small package of peanuts, almonds, or any other type of nuts. Nuts are packed with healthy, unsaturated fats and contain plenty of protein to keep you full.

[For the best lunch and mid-afternoon snack options, see the rest of the post at The Today Show]


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