"Snacking can be a great way to help you get all the vitamins and nutrients your growing body needs," states Lynne Nugent, RD, manager of Virtua's outpatient nutrition services.
advises: "To keep energy levels at their peak, look for foods that contain complex carbohydrates such as bagels, graham crackers or unsweetened cereal, as well as foods that contain protein such as low-fat yogurt and skim milk.
Also, snacking every three to four hours will help keep you going when full meals just aren't feasible.
Toss some fruit or low-fat granola bars into your backpack so you won't feel tempted to buy fast food or unhealthy vending machine snacks when the munchies hit."
Most important, there's no substitute for breakfast, or some form of nutrition, within two hours of awakening.
"A whole-grain bagel with peanut butter on the way out the door or an apple in the hallway between classes is far better than eating nothing at all," says Nugent
"If you're craving something sweet to munch on, you may think it's better to choose the granola bar over a chocolate bar," states Nugent
advises not to ignore these cravings: "The trick is to pick the right snacks to fill the hunger gap.