Kale and Kravings: Snack tips to start the semester

Munchie mart tips, energy balls recipe and more

School is back in session, friends! I hope everyone is enjoying new classes, fun times with friends, the humid Nashville heat, free food on campus and miles long lines in Rand and the bookstore. We are BACK!

The beginning of each fall semester tends to always feel very busy. Students run from class to class to org meetings to office hours to sports practices to frats… all without taking a breath! All of that running can make you hungry, especially in between your meals. Snacking has a bad rap because the typical “snack foods” often come in packages infused with unnecessary sugars, chemicals, preservatives, additives and fats. Even though a bag of crunchy chips may feel SO satisfying in the moment, it probably won’t fuel your body in the way a nourishing snack should. Next time you’re on the run and looking for a snack in munchie mart, check out some of my favorite choices:

  • Fruit – banana, apple, orange, berries, mango
  • Nut and seed packets
  • Carrot packages
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Smoothies (if you can tolerate dairy)
  • Nut butters
  • Go Raw bites
  • Pure Organic Bars
  • Bulletproof Bars

If you have a few staple ingredients in your dorm room and you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty, consider making one of my favorite snack recipes: Salty Dark Chocolate #KKBallz! Energy balls are my go-to snack because they are super versatile, easy to make, delicious and packed with all of the macronutrients needed to keep you feeling full and energized. Check out the recipe below! (P.S. Get more dorm room-friendly snack recipes in my ebook, Kollege Kravings.)

Salty Dark Chocolate #KKBallz

Servings: about 10 balls

Ingredients

  1. ½ Cup oats or oat flour
  2. ¼ Cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  3. 2 Scoops vanilla protein powder
  4. ½ Cup almond butter
  5. 2 Tbsp cacao nibs
  6. 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  7. ½ Tsp pink salt
  8. ⅓ Cup water

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  2. Use your hands to mix all of the ingredients. It should have the consistency of wet sand. If more water is needed, add additional spoonfuls until the balls can be formed.
  3. Form about 10 equally-sized balls.
  4. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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