Healthy Snack Options for Studying
Oct 15, 2018 by Marie Cascarano
By Laura Infield
It's important to fuel your body with proper nutrition to help you stay focused and alert. High Protein Snacks are best option since most of the neurotransmitters in your brain are made from amino acids that are derived from the protein in our diets. To keep neurotransmitter levels up, eat high-protein foods such as cheese, eggs, meats or nuts, rather than high-carb or sugary crackers, chips, cookies or juice. Below is a list of some of our favorite go to snacks.
1. Almonds: Try grabbing 100 calorie packs (which has 13- 14 almonds) and stick them in your bag when you need a boost of energy. Almonds are convenient, and loaded with heart- healthy fats and proteins.
2. Dark Chocolate: Dark Chocolate is full of antioxidants & natural stimulants. Also improves blood flow to your brain, which helps focus. *Remember to eat in moderation- snap off a 1-2oz square for a snack or dessert treat*
3. Air Popped Popcorn: A great alternative to chips. Sprinkle with olive oil & salt, or add a pinch of cinnamon and sugar for sweet option.
4. Fruit Salad: Grab on campus at Au Bon Pain, Student Center, Which Wich, or make at home.
5. Frozen Grapes: Add grapes into the freezer overnight to enjoy over a few days. Frozen grapes are a great alternative to a high sugar option such as a candy bar, which are high in refined carbohydrates (which can cause the "sugar crash" we want to avoid while studying).
6. Veggies and Hummus: Hummus is high in protein, calcium, and brain boosting omega 3 fatty acids. Mix with vitamin and fiber filled veggies such as carrots, red pepper, celery, or sugar snap peas.
7. Homemade trail mix: Store bought trail mix is usually loaded with sugar, salts, and hydrogenated oils. Make a big batch so you can save and enjoy over a longer period of time, with ingredients such as sunflower seeds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, raisins, dark chocolate chips, or pecans.
8. Roasted Chickpeas: Chickpeas are full of fiber and protein, and are a great salty alternative to chips. Roast in the oven for 45-60 minutes with salt, chili or garlic powder, or some olive oil for a quick, delicious snack.
9. Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt (twice as much per serving), which will help fill you up and curb hunger. Add fruit or honey with granola to mix up the flavor.
10. Apple or Banana with 1 tbsp of Peanut Butter: A sweet treat that will help you stay full (thanks to the peanut butter) - spread onto apple slices or banana for a portable, delicious option.