From Andrea Metcalf - Ten items to keep in your dorm roomAug-28-2012
Leaving home can be daunting for many 18-19 year olds this time of year. And although many college university campuses have wonderful meal plans, the reality is that the cafeteria isn't necessarily open during late night or weekends hours. This means that every college student should have a mini-firdge and or microwave. Pricing on these items has dropped since I went away making it very affordable to have one or both between room mates to share.
The next step is to keep a few essential items on hand that are delicious, portable and healthy.
1) Instant Hot Chocolate
Chocolate has many benefits but most recently a study showed that sipping a cup of hot chocolate could help boost energy levels in the late afternoon. Being that many students are up late studying, sipping hot chocolate may have the same benefits and certainly a better option than high calorie energy drinks.
2) Bottled Water or Gatorade G2
Water is essential for concentration. The more hydrated you are the better your brain works. That said, due to extra curricular activities in the late hours of the evening, staying hydrated and keeping your electrolytes in balance is important. Gatorade G2 offers the benefits of hydrating water but also has important carbohydrates to keep your energy up without caffeine which many people are sensitive to. Plus it's lower in calories than soda or coffee lattes.
3) Healthy Quick Snacks like Skinny Pop or Pop Chips
Both Skinny Pop and Pop Chips offer a flavor packed snacking with a low calorie intake. The salty flavors on both of these may satisfy that snack craving of higher calorie taco snacks or potato chips.
4) Protein like Egg Beaters
Protein is key in the morning to add to your smoothies and balance out the increase in blood sugar from fruits. Although greek style yogurts have a higher protein count than traditional ones, adding a liquid protein like Egg Beaters 100% Natural egg whites can offer up to 5 grams of protein in 3 tbspns of liquid. No powder aftertaste like traditional protein powders can have.
Peppermints are known to help one have fresh breath but they are also a great way to boost your energy. Peppermint chewing gum are another great idea.
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