The Not-So Starving Student—Ten Underrated Snacks

Recently during midterm season, I’ve discovered some new snacks that have kept my energy and motivation levels high.  While not all my recent snacking habits have been healthy, they have introduced me to new ethnic snacks that are refreshing and delicious.

  1. Coconut water

Coconut water is not only a healthy, hydrating drink but it is also a great substitute for sugary soft drinks.  It gives a naturally sweet flavor without artificial flavors.  Coconut water is high in electrolytes like potassium which is used ubiquitously in your body.  One tip to purchasing authentic coconut water drinks is to read the ingredients which may tell you if additional sugars or flavor enhancers were added.

  1. Roasted seaweed

Another healthy snack option is the roasted seaweed snacks.  These small, portioned packages allow you to get your daily dose of minerals such as iodine and iron.  The seaweed lavers make a light snack without being overly greasy or sugary.

  1. Pork Rinds

One of my personal favorite alternatives to chips is pork rinds.  Pork rinds have been a snacking favorite for those on keto, low carbohydrate or paleo diets for a long time.

  1. Philippine Soda crackers

I recently discovered this brand of soda crackers that are quite unique.  They are produced in the Philippines and, after a colleague’s recent trip to Manila, Philippines, I had a chance to try these delicious, ethnic snacks.  They come in different flavors from condensed milk to cheese.  Each pack carries its own unique flavor profiles and are fantastic with afternoon tea.

  1. Coconut clusters

By now, you might have realized my obsession with coconuts.  They’re delicious in both liquid (coconut water) and solid form! These coconut cluster snacks I found from Costco have toasted sunflower seeds, flax seeds and oat all bundled with dried coconut flakes.

  1. Granola clusters

Granola clusters are one of the most versatile snacks I’ve yet to encounter.  They taste delicious on its own but can also be added to baked goods, breakfast cereal and yogurt.

  1. Soymilk drink

This brand of Hong Kongese soymilk creates perfect portion sizes that allow me to drink them on the go.  If you’re lactose intolerant, like me, soy snacks and products are a great substitute for dairy goods.  Because of their non-dairy nature, they can also be stored at room temperature for much longer and are less likely to spoil.

  1. Portuguese Egg Rolls

For those who haven’t tried these delicate pastries from a former colony of Portugal (Macao, China), Portuguese egg rolls are a snack fit for royals.  It is lightly crispy and mildly sweet.  When paired with a glass or milk or soy, the egg rolls melt away in your mouth.

  1. Milkis

This Korean soda drink is quite unlike any other sodas you’ve had.  As the name suggests, the soda has a creamier flavor than soft drinks.

  1. Nachos

A classic addition to any Netflix binges, Nachos are a timeless snack.  Today’s nachos come in different flavors or can be paired with salsa.  To elevate your nachos, try creating your own toppings from canned chili, shredded cheese, sour cream and green onions.

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