Quick and easy student snack ideas
It’s a well-known fact that the students of this generation survive solely on Pot Noodles, stale bread and Asda Price vodka. It sounds funny at first, but the sad reality is it becomes a bland day-to-day menu, and your acne-ridden fifteen year old self is guaranteed to come back and haunt you.
With the added difficulties of trying not to blow your student loan and being one of the millions who are absolutely incapable of cooking anything edible, satisfying your appetite, sticking to a budget, and trying to have at least one of your five-a-day can seem impossible.
Here are five quick and easy recipes that will hopefully allow you to survive longer than one semester:
Yes, they taste as magical as they sound, and take approximately thirty seconds to make if you get a good system going. To echo our saviour Gordon Ramsay: pretzel stick, peanut butter and topping – DONE. It really is as simple as that, and the best part is that you can choose your own toppings. You could even attempt to be healthy and choose nuts or dried fruit to give your brain an extra boost whilst slaving away at your laptop.
If you fancy outdoing all the other losers in the library who are eating ordinary apples, then this is the perfect snack for you. Simply cut an apple in half, scoop out the seeds and the core, and slice the apple into roughly 1cm thick rings. Place the rings on a baking a tray and pop them in the oven at 180 degrees until they are dry – the edges should start to curl when they’re done. Depending on your oven, they should take somewhere between thirty minutes and an hour to cook. If you’re feeling inspired, why not sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg over the pre-baked apples to be certain the other starving students are jealous.
They may be a bit reminiscent of twelfth birthday parties, but they’re colourful and packed full of goodness. Plus, it gives you the perfect excuse to eat marshmallows as there should always be at least one between each strawberry, grape, raspberry, or whatever fruits you chose to use. Fact.
Pancakes are something we tend to label a ‘treat’ because we associate them with sugar and syrup and everything that is bad for you. The truth is they’re only as guilty as you make them. Mix together a mug of flour, a mug of milk and an egg, heat oil/butter in a frying pan and flip them to your heart’s content. You can even take them on the go with you and eat them chilled. Remember: Tupperware is your friend.
It might seem like a no-brainer, but leftovers may just be the answer to your stomach’s prayers. Next time you cook your 30p bag of pasta cook enough for two, mix with a tasty sauce of your choice (try blending roasted vegetables together to toss over the pasta) and take the extra serving as tomorrow’s lunch. Not only do you beat the lunch queues saving you precious time within your busy day’s schedules but you also save yourself a few quid!
Alex Waterson lives at Liberty Quay in Newcastle and is a 1st year student studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Northumbria University.