Hey, we get it … who doesn’t love pairing a little snack with study time? Here are a few healthy, simple, and — most importantly — delicious treats we found from around the web. Reach for one of these the next time you’re looking for something to munch on while you get your study on. Your body and brain will thank you for it.
1. No-Bake Energy Bites
These healthy little bites from smashedpeasandcarrots.com are an awesome combination of sweet, savory, crunchy, and gooey to give you the energy boost you need to power through a late night of studying. The ingredients are simple and affordable, and it only takes 30 minutes to make a whole platter. Bring them to a study group and you might just become the most popular one there. Get the recipe here.
2. Baked Organic Zucchini Chips
Have a case of late-night-potato-chip craving? No worries — these zucchini chips from My San Francisco Kitchen are here to rescue you. Just cut up some thin zucchini slices, season with whatever you’d like, bake, then eat. It takes about 90 minutes in the oven, but you can use that time to get some reading done, right? Find the recipe here.
3. Hummus and Veggies
This one takes barely any prep time at all! (Unless, of course, you want to make your own hummus. In which case, try out this recipe.) Replace your chips and dip with protein-rich hummus and a plate of carrots, celery, bell peppers, or cucumbers. This low-carb option will make you feel super full without the sleepiness that comes with heavy carbs.
4. Toast with Cottage Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes
This savory snack is quick, light, and tasty. Pop some wheat or wholegrain bread in the toaster, spread on some cottage cheese, slice some cherry tomatoes in half, add some pepper and other seasonings, and voilá: Another healthy and protein-rich treat to keep you full and focused. Find similar snacks on The Gracious Pantry. You can also learn more tricks to stay focused here.
Here’s how it turned out when I made it at home:
Pretty good, huh?
5. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
Prefer to eat something sweet while you study? This easy recipe for frozen yogurt blueberries from FamilyFreshMeals.com is just what you’re looking for. Prepare the blueberries and stick them in the freezer about an hour before you start studying, pull them out, then enjoy!
6. Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
Does it get any easier than this? Go ahead, slice up your favorite kind of apple (Honeycrisp for me!), and dip it in some chunky or smooth peanut butter. Looking to go healthier? Grab the organic PB at Trader Joe’s. Looking for something a little more creative? Try mixing it up with almond butter. This snack will not only keep you feeling full and satisfied (thanks PB), it might also keep the doctor away (thanks apples).
7. Brown Sugar and Banana Oatmeal
Did you know studies show that eating hot snacks can help you feel more satisfied? More satisfied means you stop craving junk food and start thinking more about the studying at hand — sounds like a win-win. And oatmeal is just the snack for the job. Get your cozy, warm snack on in just 15 minutes with this recipe from Taste of Home.
8. Roasted Chickpeas
Crunchy and savory, these little guys make a great replacement for chips and salty nuts. You can pop a few of them in your mouth while you study, or save them to add to a salad. Either way, the best part is that you can flavor them however you want. This recipe on Natural Noshing suggests you try them fajita-style.
9. Mixed Nut Medley
Sans heavy salt, a mix of nuts and dried fruit is a great option for study snacking. Grab a few small bags of your favorite nuts — almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts — then mix them up in a bowl with some fruit and granola. Do feel free to add some dark chocolate chips in there, too!
Bonus tip: Don’t forget to drink water! Sometimes when you feel hungry, your body is actually trying to tell you that you’re thirsty. If you find yourself craving grapes or other watery foods, that probably means you’re dehydrated. So drink up, take breaks to walk around, and have fun trying out these treats.
Now, please excuse us. We have to leave and go eat all these snacks.
Want more studying tips? Check out 8 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp.