Midterms are approaching, which means that healthy snacks are a must for productive study sessions. The best snacks are loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats to keep you satiated, focused, and energized while studying. If you tend to snack on processed foods and sugary treats (which always sound good!), you might feel sleepy, distracted, or hungry again before you know it. Instead, try these snack combinations that will allow you to perform your best and successfully prepare for that big exam.
Apples and peanut butter
Apples and peanut butter are a go-to snack. Super easy and affordable, slather a tablespoon or two of peanut butter (or any nut butter you have on hand) onto apple slices and you’ll be good to go for hours.
Yogurt and granola
While yogurt and granola is a classic breakfast combo, it’s also a delicious snack option. We recommend greek yogurt or Skyr, an Icelandic cultured yogurt, for optimal protein and healthy fat.
Nuts and fruit
Got some almonds, peanuts, cashews, or pistachios? Grab a handful with a piece of fruit and you’ve got yourself a nutritious and filling snack.
Hummus and veggies
If you haven’t eaten many plants today, a quick snack of hummus with carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, or tomatoes is a great way to pack them in. Extra points for making your own hummus by blending chickpeas with olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and pepper!
Staying on the chickpea train, roasted chickpeas are another way to get protein into your snack. Simply toss a can of chickpeas onto a baking tray and roast for 45 minutes. Then season with your favorite spices to add a kick!
Another breakfast classic turned snack. Avocado toast includes fiber from whole-grain bread and healthy fats from the avocado. Top with an egg for a boost of protein, too.
Popcorn with seasoning
Whether you buy it pre-popped or pop it yourself, popcorn is such an easy snack to whip up in a few minutes. We recommend topping with spices, cinnamon, nutritional yeast, or cheese to keep you satisfied.
Some people like the texture of chia seeds, while others find them gross. If you haven’t tried it, be sure to mix your chia seeds with milk and flavorful toppings like fruit, nut butters, cinnamon, or a dash of honey.
Whole-grain crackers and cheese
Last on the list, a go-to snack of whole grain crackers and cheese will keep you motivated for hours. Fill up with all three essentials: fiber, protein, and healthy fats in this yummy snack.
Hide those bags of gummy worms and Cheetos! Now that you’ve got these snack ideas, you’ll stay fueled during study sessions and essay writing periods, rather than crashing after a bag of sugar or processed food. Let us know your favorite snack in the comments below!