You’ve heard it all, you are what you eat, right? It’s so, so true when it comes to studying. You’ll be sitting down in the same place for a while so sugary and salty snacks aren’t going to help you feel energised and ready to study. They’ll both give you a spike in your blood sugar and then make you come crashing down so it’s best to stick to natural snacks and foods without too many different ingredients when it comes to fueling your study sessions.
1. BerriesBlueberries, raspberries and strawberries are great at lowering stress and are lower in carbs than other fruits such as bananas so they won’t weigh you down. Pair with yoghurt and a little granola or munch on their own. Keep the bananas for pre-workout snacks!
2. Energy BallsIf you’re a chocolate addict then these are a great way to get your sweet fix without the sugar crash. Plus, these snacks are no bake so you don’t even have to worry about cooking anything! Just use a food processor to combine Nutella or peanut butter, oats, hazelnuts, honey and seeds and roll into balls. Add more dry products if they’re too sticky or more honey if they seem a little dry!
3. Roasted ChickpeasIf savoury is your thing and you need a little crunch to satisfy your cravings then these roasted chickpeas are a great way to snack in a healthier way. Sprinkle chickpeas with your favourite seasonings and bake until golden brown. Paprika and chilli is a great combination!
4. Houmous / Hummous / HummusHowever you want to spell this amazingly versatile dip, it’s a really great snack and a good way to get healthy fats into your diet. Pair with wholegrain toast, crackers or vegetable sticks like carrots for a crunchy snack. Houmous is high in protein too and eating it with veggies can help you hit your vitamin goals!
5. FishcakesFish is an essential source of fatty acids and protein. Your brain is 70% fat so you need to keep that level topped up and the protein will keep you fuller for longer which means that you won’t be distracted by those hunger pangs. You can whip up a quick fish cake with tinned salmon or tuna with some breadcrumbs, a beaten egg and chopped herbs. Quickly fry off in a pan until they’re at your desired crispiness - the fish is already cooked so you don’t need to stress about sorting that. So, there you have it, five ideas for quick study snacks!
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