Now for some easy snack ideas packed with protein to keep you going, especially when you’ve got long hours ahead of you in the hospital or gross lab.
- DIY Trail Mix (my favorite): First, choose nuts. My favorites are almonds and cashews, but you can also choose pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, etc. Second, choose seeds. My favorite seeds are sunflower and flax, but you can also add pumpkin, sesame, or hemp. Third, pick some dried fruit. My favorite happens to be raisins, but there are so many choices. Choose from dried berries, apricots, mango, banana chips, figs, dates, and more. Next, add some grains. My favorites are pretzels, cheerios, or chex. Lastly, we all need a little something sweet. I usually go for dark chocolate chips, yogurt covered raisins or almonds, or M&Ms (classic). There you have it! Your very own custom trail mix.
- Deli Roll Ups: Consider it a sandwich without bread. All you need is two slices of deli turkey rolled up with 1 slice of cheese and 1 slice of tomato (optional).
- Hummus Dippers: Put 1/3 cup of hummus at the bottom of a mason jar. Stick a handful of vegetable sticks (carrots and celery) in the hummus. Throw the top on, and it’s an easy snack on the go.
- Mini Cheese Platter: All you need is one stick of string cheese, 3 whole-wheat crackers, and a handful of almonds. Throw in some grapes too.
- Parfait: All you need is a mini mason jar filled with ½ cup of yogurt, fresh fruit of your choice, and sprinkle some granola on top.
I hope this series has inspired you to find more quick and healthy eats as you go through this journey we call medical school. Happy eating!