When those assignments start piling up and you know exams are around the corner, it’s very easy to lose track of healthy eating and most of us often resort to some unhealthy choices because of the convenience. Not only is that bad for your health, but it also won’t help with energy levels. And let’s be real, if you don’t have energy; you really are not going to get much done!
Here are a few food choices you should consider the next time you make a trip to the grocery store that will help you out during your studying sessions:
Almonds are a great natural choice when you need an energy boost. They are super convenient and easy to munch on while sitting in lecture, or studying in the library. They are also an incredible source of protein and fibre. However, make sure to go for the unsalted or low- sodium option. Once you embrace the world of almonds, you have lots of options like almond butter or almond milk which are also full of nutrients.
There’s so many options when you decide to munch on veggies. Baby carrots, cucumbers, or celery are very affordable options when on a student budget. If you are not completely sold on the idea, dip them in hummus and it’s a delicious combination that satisfies both your brain and your stomach!
If your guilty pleasure is ice cream and popsicles, you need to try this! Purchase some grapes and freeze them overnight. It requires minimal effort and is extremely refreshing. Grapes also contain powerful antioxidants that help build your immune system. Prevent yourself from getting sick and being forced to go to exams.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is super simple to prepare, which works great when you have an early class, and will keep you keep you awake even when your coffee has worn off. This is a perfect breakfast loaded with fibre, healthy fatty acids and potassium.
Greek Yogurt Parfait:
If you already like yogurt, make the switch to Greek yogurt. It has a thicker texture because there are fewer carbs and sugar, but more protein! Toss in some blueberries which will help to enhance memory. Add in some granola (which is another energy booster) and you have a solid snack!
Another combination of this is blueberries dipped in frozen yogurt and frozen overnight.
These are super simple to make, and full of energy boosting nutrients. Grab a whole wheat tortilla wrap and layer on some peanut butter or almond butter. Toss in a banana and roll up the wrap. Slice it up and you’ll have some great bite sized energy bites which are perfect when you’re on the go.
Homemade Granola Bars:
As convenient as they may be, store brought granola bars aren’t the best options. Pinterest is full of some simple recipes which require minimal ingredients. One of my personal favourites is this sweet and crunchy recipe by Minimalist Baker. It only requires five ingredients, has no baking involved, and can last you all week!
The final weeks are the hardest to get through, but eating healthy makes things so much easier. Fuel up on heathy food and your study sessions will be a breeze!