by Aneesa Dastgir
Being a student is tough. Balancing a healthy diet, trying to study, and having a social life takes a toll on many of us. Here are some of the easiest and tastiest snacks to help boost your brain power, whilst also making you feel better about yourself. We have something for everyone here and some of these food items can be bought in large quantities, so they can be considered student friendly!
1. Greek yogurt – feel free to jazz it up with honey, jam, nuts, whatever floats yer’ boat. Greek yogurt is filling and full of probiotics, which help keep your digestive system in check! Last thing you need while studying is a dodgy stomach…
2. Dark chocolate – Who doesn’t love chocolate? Since ‘stressed’ spells ‘desserts’ backwards, why not have a nice bar of organic dark chocolate? It’s is full of antioxidants and can help lower blood pressure, when consumed in small quantities. If you have a sweet tooth, try replacing a milk chocolate bar with dark and see the effects it brings about. You won’t feel guilty about indulging into a small bar either!
3. Almonds – Almonds are high in healthy fats and can be bought in bulk! They are a better alternative to munching on crisps and fill you up for longer, rather than making you have an energy crash while reading/essay writing/ surviving. Be sure not to have too many, as healthy fats are good, but too many may result in bloating due to the high fibre content.
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4. Green tea – If you feel you’ve had one too many coffees, try a tea! Green tea is one of my favourites and can be adjusted to suit your taste. It can be consumed cold or hot, weak, or strong. Green tea helps your metabolism and has a relaxing effect on the body and mind. If green tea isn’t your thing, there are a wide range of other flavours – ginger, lemon, berry – the choice is endless.
5. Hummus and veg – Hummus and vegetables are a killer combo! You can buy ready-made hummus, including flavoured hummus, and add your choice of veggies to a mini box to take with you. You can use carrots, cucumber, celery, peppers, olives, you name it. It is a quick and simple alternative to nachos and salsa.
6. Root vegetable crisps – If you really want to be munching on a bag of crisps, have a try at root vegetable crisps. Aldi has a superb version, for a cheap price. It’s a much healthier option than a bag of crisps. With vegetables like beetroot, parsnip and sweet potato, it is definitely different.
7. Trail mix – This is a fully flexible recipe, add some M&M’s/ Smarties/Skittles, nuts (or no nuts!), seeds or popcorn, and there you have a great trail mix. You can have savoury or sweet versions, too – make it adaptable to your mood.
8. Dried fruits – Buying fresh fruit can be extremely expensive for us students, so why not buy dried fruits? You have a wide range of choice, from berries to mango. These fruits give that much needed energy and can be stored easily in your bag.
9. Bagels – You’re probably thinking, “how are bagels healthy?” It all depends what you fill them with. Philadelphia spread is always delicious in a nice bagel, or you can have some avocado and egg in it. Whatever filling you enjoy, you can add to a bagel and have it on the go. Anything is better than a soggy sandwich!
10. Porridge/Oatmeal – Since the cold weather has officially made its entrance, we can turn to hot food. Porridge is a quick and flexible food to make and can be taken on the go. Add some honey, bananas or whatever fruit you fancy. It will fill you up and release energy slowly and help keep your insides Gucci. If you don’t want to use cow’s milk, then almond, soy, or rice alternatives can be used instead.
These simple changes can help you feel better about yourself and aid studying. Let us know if you try any of the above and what you think of these suggestions!