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How can parents make care packages healthier?

For an upcoming column, Jennifer plans to write about putting a “healthful spin” on the iconic college care package — but she needs your help. What do students want? What do they absolutely not want? And do you have any personal stories about the greatest/worst care package ever?

I have already posed this question to my Twitter followers (see below for their ideas), and hope that you will share your own suggestions and stories in the comments section.

@wpjenna powdered drink mixes! Crystal light, gatorade...doesnt take up any space and its not water from the sink or soda from the caff!Thu Aug 25 19:22:43 via webCaitlin

@wpjenna my 23 yr old daughter says trail mix & Luna bars. I say dried fruit, nice herbal/green tea too. Non food - iTunes gift card.Thu Aug 25 20:18:32 via Twitter for iPhoneLaura Kumin

@wpjenna trail mix, dried fruit, almonds, granola, wheat thins, organic peanut butter, NUTELLA (somewhat healthy)Thu Aug 25 19:35:43 via Twitter for iPhonebrendalv

@wpjenna salsa. My mom would send me bottles of salsa from Mexico.Thu Aug 25 19:22:07 via webLiz Martinez

@wpjenna @UWMadisonMedia Peanuts and cashews work pretty well as low-carb foods that scratch the snacking itch.Thu Aug 25 20:28:43 via EchofonMark Riechers

@wpjenna I assume you don’t mean light beer :)Thu Aug 25 19:36:19 via webKevin F

Oatmeal, granola bars, beef jerkey, & dried fruit RT @wpjenna : What are some healthy ideas for a care package for a #college student?Thu Aug 25 19:39:20 via webKevin F

@wpjenna oatmeal; raisins, vitamins, walnuts, dried cranberriesThu Aug 25 19:32:56 via webJeff Davidson

@wpjenna - My parents didn’t really do care packages - but my dad sent me a stuffed animal he won me at a sports bar once. It was so cute.Thu Aug 25 19:22:52 via HootSuiteRachael Dickson

@wpjenna Fruit snacks (not too bad for you), juice boxes, tuna to go packages, baked chips, oatmeal to go bars!Thu Aug 25 19:22:28 via webAllison Prang

@wpjenna dried fruit, oatmeal, tea and honey, especially local honey (where the college is) to build immunity against allergiesThu Aug 25 20:23:23 via webKeith Marshall

What would you add to this list? (Or what should we take off?) Let us know in the comments section.

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.


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