This year, it is more important than ever to support your immune system. Developing any symptoms puts you at risk not only of feeling poorly, but of ending up in a precautionary quarantine. Be proactive and put your health first. One of the easiest ways to do this is to focus on your nutrition. Sugary, high preservative snacks cause havoc on our immune system, so try keeping these healthier options handy for the moments when you need to cure a craving. They will all last a while and you might want to invest in some plastic containers to keep a tight seal on anything that is open. It will both preserve the snack and keep away unwelcome pests.
Dried fruit -- look for ones low in sugar
Bananas (buy them green and they will last a little longer)
Lemons -- If you have a way to heat up water, squeeze in some lemon for a warm cup while you study. It may curb your craving for coffee, as too much Jo can suppress our immune systems.
IF YOU HAVE A FREEZER:
-- Frozen fruit and vegetables are not quite as nutrient rich as fresh, but they are still an amazing source of all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
All Natural Peanut Butter
Whole Grain Crackers
Healthy Cereals (no added sugar) you can eat dry
IF YOU HAVE A FRIDGE:
Yogurt (no added sugar)
Hummus (for the carrots and crackers)
Premade Smoothies (read the label)
Milk for Cereal
TIPS BEFORE YOU HIT THE STORE:
- Don't shop hungry.
- Don't be fooled by products that throw a "healthy" word in the title. Veggie chips are not much better than potato chips.
- Make a list.
- Focus on foods that will keep, so you can limit your trips.
- Read labels and choose foods with minimal sugar and with ingredients you can recognize.
TIPS BEFORE YOU SNACK:
- Have a glass of water before any snack. Hydration will keep you healthy, and will curb cravings.
- Consider how long it is before your next real meal, and decide whether or not you can wait.
- Don't eat out of a bag or a box. Pour a portion on a plate or into a cup, and eat slowly.
- Be intentional about your snacking, keeping in mind, you are what you eat.
- Sit while you snack. Snacking on the go leads to bad choices and poor utilization of the nutrients by your body.
- Share a healthy snack with someone else. Everything tastes better with people you like.