Snacking is a great way to keep your energy levels high between meals, regulate blood sugar levels and prevent that dreaded afternoon slump. Look for snacks that combine protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats for a winning combo that provides important nutrients and keeps you satisfied.
The amount of food a person needs each day varies. That’s why it is important to listen to your body: Eat when you’re hungry and avoid mindless snacking when you are bored, tired, or stressed. Take a few minutes to enjoy your snack, as distractions like watching a video can cause you to miss your body’s fullness cues and eat more than you need.
Try putting these snacks together ahead of time so you’re prepared when the study munchies hit:
1. Veggies and Dip
Crunchy veggies and creamy hummus make a great pair for exam season. Chop up carrots, celery, and bell peppers and pair them with a few scoops of hummus. This snack is portable and packed with fibre to keep you full through that tough study session.
2. Fruit and Yogurt
When you feel like something sweet, fruit and yogurt is quick and easy to prepare. Chop up a big batch of fruit and pair it with Greek yogurt. The creamy yogurt is packed with protein and calcium and the sweet and tangy fruits are full of vitamins and minerals. Switch up the fruits you choose each time to keep things interesting. Or grab a spoon and make it a yogurt parfait!
3. DIY Trail Mix
Making your own trail mix can be a great way to incorporate a variety of fuelling foods into your studying. Grab a bag or container and toss some nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to get some fibre while satisfying a sweet tooth. Check out some homemade trail mix recipe ideas here for inspiration.
4. Open-Face Sammies
Top a whole grain crispbread like Wasa or Ryvita with some nut butter and banana, or try it with hummus, sliced cheese, and mashed avocado for a mini sandwich that will keep you full through the afternoon.
5. Energy Bites
These little balls are full of nourishing ingredients and will give you a great energy burst when you’re running from class to class or to the gym. Try this recipe to start (no special equipment required!), then experiment by adding your own favourite ingredients.
Popcorn is a great fibre-rich snack. Pop your own kernels with an air popper or in the microwave using a paper bag, or look for Angie’s Boomchickapop (sea salt flavour) at Harvest for a quick on-the-go snack. Try adding nutritional yeast to your popcorn for a cheesy and nutrient-rich boost
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