Who doesn't love #snacks?
Trick Question - Everybody loves snacks!
Whether you’re munching between meals, enjoying a midnight snack, or snacking while you study, certain foods can provide us with the energy we need to get us through our day and excel at our tasks, while others can do just the opposite. By choosing the right foods, you can increase your brain’s ability to retain information and stay focused on the work at hand.
The best snacks to eat while studying are ones that are high in fiber and contain simple carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The combination of these three macronutrients helps to fuel your body and brain to ensure that you are functioning at your most optimal level and the addition of fibre works to keep you satiated the whole time you’re focusing on your studies.
Fruit - fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit salad, fruit blended up in a smoothie, really any type and assembly of fruit makes an excellent study snack! Fruit is full of carbohydrates that get converted into glucose in our brains (which is the energy source our bodies operate most efficiently on). Due to this spike in glucose, our bodies become more awake and alert which will help you remain energized during your studies. Some ideas you can easily prepare next time you’re looking for a brain boosting treat could be apples sprinkled with cinnamon or drizzled with peanut butter, a mixed berry smoothie (adding protein powder for an extra boost can help you stay full longer), frozen grapes, banana chips, and the list goes on. When it comes to fruit, the choice and preference is all up to you and the options are basically endless!
Almonds - among most other nuts, have a plethora of health benefits such as being incredibly heart healthy and having loads of calcium, vitamin E, magnesium and potassium, which helps oxygen and nutrients flow more freely through the blood. Almonds are also filled with healthy fats and protein so they’re the perfect snack for keeping you full without weighing you down or making you sleepy while you study. You can even combine your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit to make a homemade trail mix!
Energy Bites - aka healthy cookies can satisfy any sweet tooth and they make an amazing study snack. There are countless recipes online for simple homemade energy bites using common household ingredients like oatmeal, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup and more (and the best part is, most of them don’t require any form of baking!). Oats are rich in antioxidants which help to fight against stress in the body and the high fibre content helps to keep you full longer, especially if you add in a protein packed ingredient like peanut butter.
Roasted Chickpeas - are one of the most versatile beans and they can be transformed into many different tasty meals & snacks. A convenient recipe option is to prepare your own roasted and crispy chickpeas! These are a great alternative to chips if you prefer salty over sweet and the best part of making them homemade is getting to choose your favourite spices to season them with. They have 19 grams of protein per 100 grams as well as almost all of the essential amino acids, making them a filling and incredibly healthy study snack that is sure to fuel your brain with lots of energy and nutrients.
Popcorn - Who doesn’t love snacking on popcorn while watching a movie or television? Lucky for us, this tasty snack doesn’t have to be reserved for the movie theatres! Similarly to roasted chickpeas, they are perfect for those with a savoury tooth and can be seasoned with any spices of your choosing. The store bought packages tend to contain copious amounts of salt and other not-so-healthy ingredients therefore the air popped version you can make on the stove is your best bet. Homemade popcorn is a quick and easy option and is great for those busy days when you don’t have time to plan ahead. Because popcorn is so full of fibre, it is considered to be a low calorie snack that is also satiating.
Veggies & Dip - We’ve all been told since childhood that vegetables are good for us, and that couldn’t be a truer sentiment! Making your own homemade veggie platter is a super quick and easy option, especially if you’re looking to use up some of the veggies in your fridge. By constructing your own platter, you get to select all of your most favourite vegetables and it’s a much better value for your dollar than purchasing a pre-assembled one at the grocery store. Adding a dip to your platter is a great way to spice things up and make it more interesting. There’s a wide variety of dips to choose from, some of our personal favourites include a sun-dried tomato pesto dip for some fresh herb flavour and hummus (full of all those chickpea benefits!).
Next time you’re feeling snacky and looking to fill your belly at the same time as your mind, try out some of these healthy and tasty recipes! The best part about the majority of these options is that you can prepare them in bulk and ahead of time to ensure that you always have a brain boosting choice when the need for a study snack strikes.