Nutrition & Health Information From BYU Dining Services

Snack Smarter

With the hustle and bustle of daily life, we find ourselves grabbing the most convenient food items, even if those aren’t the best for our diet.  When rushing between classes, sometimes the only options are the vending machines. However, just because you don’t have time for a healthy meal doesn’t mean you can’t make healthy choices when it comes to snacking. BYU Vending has made this choice simpler with their Snack Smarter labels that have the apple on wheels logo like the images pictured here:

  Snack Smarter! Snack Smarter!

Each item labeled with an E.A.T. sticker must obey the following qualifications:

Nutrition Standards for E.A.T. Snack Smarter

  • 35% or less of total calories from fat
  • 10% or less of calories from saturated fat
  • 35% or less of total product weight from sugar
  • *nuts and seeds excluded

Some options that fall under these qualifications are:

  • Nutri-Grain Bars
  • Nature Valley Granola bars
  • Quaker Snack Mix
  • Trail Mix
  • California Potato Chips
  • Fiber One Bar
  • Chex Mix
  • Wheat Thins
  • Pretzels
  • V8 juice
  • Honest Ade
  • Sunchips
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Smart Water

How Can I Make My Own Snacks?


It can feel impossible to find quick snacks to take on the go that both taste good and satisfy hunger when you are stuck on campus all day studying.  Here are some tips to make your snacks work for you!

  • Create your own.  Make your own mixes instead of using pre-packaged mixes.  This allows you to control each component to decrease saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.  Try popping some 94% fat free popcorn and dividing it up into baggies for a quick snack!
  • Plan and prep.  You know your busiest days.  On grocery day, prepare your snacks and divide them into bags or containers for those busy days.
  • Add a fruit or a vegetable!  Fruits like oranges, apples, and bananas and vegetables like celery, carrots, cucumber, and bell peppers are all easy on-the-go.
  • Nuts and seeds are good sources of protien and fat, which means they will help keep you full!
  • For snacks that pack a punch you should combine food groups! snacks with two or more food groups are more nutritious, as well as satisfying.
  • If you are in a crunch, grabbing a FitPick on campus is a great option as well.


Ideas for Nutritious Snacks & Combos


  • Whole wheat crackers and avocado
  • Apples and peanut butter
  • Vegetables and hummus
  • Low-fat string cheese and whole wheat crackers
  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Celery with peanut butter and raisins
  • Bananas with peanut butter                                     
  • Cottage cheese with fruit
  • Carrots and ranch
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds