Well, it is officially back to the grind. I am back at school and taking on my last semester of my undergrad years. It is a weird feeling to say the least, but so far so good. I only had one class yesterday – my education methods course – which is the exact same as the education class I took last semester (different material taught, of course), same professor, same mentor teacher, same classmates, same room, so it really did not feel all that different than last semester. It felt more like a reunion since we are a pretty tight-knit class, which I love.Except for the fact that I didn’t have to wake up and go to economics.
HALLELUJAH to being done with economics.
Sorry for any of you that enjoy economics, it certainly is not my strong suit and really had to push myself to get through the two economics courses I took. It just ain’t my thang. Props to you if it is yours.Now that today is a bit different, except class times are the exact same as last semester, it will actually feel like a new semester. I am looking forward to seeing what I’ll be learning this semester since I am taking all classes that I have a strong interest in, but I’m not gonna lie – I am not looking forward to those awkward first day introductions that I will most likely have to do. Though, come to think of it, when I become a teacher, I will probably have my students do first day introductions too, so I shouldn’t complain too much.
But, now that I am back on a school schedule and away from my apartment for lunch 4 days a week, it is important for me to get back into the meal prep routine and make sure I have lunches ready to grab and go as I head out the door in the morning. Meal prep is a great way to ensure you eat healthy throughout the week and have the right foods on hand for when you are hungry. I’ve written about why I meal prep here and have shared some tips for college students who want to take on meal planning and prepping here. It doesn’t have to be much, but just doing a little bit of prep on the weekend will set you up for a much smoother week.
One thing I always to meal prep is quick snacks. I like my store-bought snack bars, but I love making my own since I can control what goes into them. Prepping some healthy snacks like these no-bake bars or these oat squares below are a great way to meal prep healthy snacks that you can individually pack and take with you on the go.
- ½ cup Peanut Butter
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- ⅓ cup Honey
- 1 egg
- 1½ cups Old Fashioned Traditional Oats
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ⅛ tsp Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray an 8x8 square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Mix peanut butter, protein powder, and honey together in a mixing bowl.
- Add egg and mix.
- Stir in oats, vanilla extract, & baking soda and mix well.
- Put dough in pan and firmly press the dough in using the back of a spoon.
- Place in oven and bake for 10-12 mins.
- Take out of oven and let cool. Cut into 9 squares and store in an airtight container or wrap individually and store.
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What are you favorite grab-and-go snacks?
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