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FROM READERS: Grocery shopping tips for college students

August 24, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

Heidi Williams and Cindy Foley are registered dieticians with MU's Wellness Resource Center. This story was originally posted on "Off-Campus Living," a website maintained by the center.

Being prepared when you are always on the run and away from home is important. Keeping portable snacks with you at all times is an easy way to be prepared when hunger strikes!


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Some ideas for portable snacks to keep on hand include: dried fruit, trail mix, peanut butter and jelly, bagel with cream cheese, dry cereal, pretzels, animal crackers, fresh fruit, whole grain cereals, cheese and crackers, whole grain crackers, yogurt, nuts & seeds, granola bars, deli sandwich, baby carrots, fig Newtons, energy bars, low-fat muffins, left-overs.

Keeping your kitchen stocked with a few essential foods makes it easy to quickly prepare nutritious meals instead of relying on fast food or other unhealthy meal options. Here are some good items to always keep on hand helping you to build a power pantry:

 In your pantry

In your refrigerator 

In your freezer

 On your countertop 

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.