While it may not be the best idea to snack all day if your goal is to lose weight, you need to keep your brain fed while going into deep study sessions.
Of course, for these benefits to be valid, we must always pay attention to the food or preparation we choose, being appropriate to eat a snack low in saturated and trans fats, many vitamins, minerals and fiber. Therefore, eating healthy snacks can provide the following benefits:
- Prevents sudden changes in glycemia during the day by providing the body with healthy substrates that keep it energized to continue its activities.
- It promotes daily calorie control by reducing hunger at main meals and can thus become an effective weight loss resource.
- It keeps our body occupied in digestive processes and the organism acquires an appropriate rhythm of work for the meals and keeps under control the appetite.
- It offers one more possibility to incorporate healthy nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fiber, water, because if we choose correctly, we can reach a perfect balance and meet our daily needs with the help of snacks.
Far from what we think, the habit of eating small bites of food between meals is not harmful to our organism, but it brings great benefits as long as we choose a healthy snack that feeds us intelligently and calms our appetite in a healthy way.
Here is a list of easy, quick, and relatively cheap snacks that you should try making when you don’t have time for anything else.
Banana Dog Bites
Here’s a reason to get excited about a classic-old combo: bananas — a darling energy-boosting carbohydrate — wrapped in wheat tortillas and peanut butter.
Mason Jar Hummus and Veggies
Mason jar fanatic or not, you can’t deny that this method syncs with gravity: It’s a mess-free way to transport your high-protein hummus and veggies in one container. If you’re not a fan of hummus, you can do the same with other bean-based dips (pinto bean, black bean, etc.)
Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola
You’re already carrying a backpack full of heavy books — the last thing you need is a load of bulky snacks. These sandwiches, already compact and ready to go, solve the problem.
Frozen Yogurt-Covered Blueberries
Like bite-size frozen Go-Gurt with real fruit! Just coat fresh blueberries with yogurt and freeze.
Roast them in the oven for 45–60 minutes — just enough time to get through a chapter of notes — then select your seasoning, eat, and charge up for the next chapter
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Good chocolate? Boosts energy levels. Tricking yourself into eating healthy chocolate pudding? Boosts endorphins levels.
Multigrain Flatbread Cracker Snacks
Lightly spread goat cheese on a flatbread cracker and top with almonds, dates, and a drizzle of honey. Or sprinkle feta cheese over tomato slices. Or…you have seven more options.
Blueberry Yogurt Parfait with Granola
The timeless healthy snack. Let frozen blueberries thaw in yogurt. Then top with crunchy granola.
Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip with Apples
Apples and Greek yogurt fortified with peanut butter is a power couple snack. AND you should use the apple slicer you bought but are always too lazy to pull out — because right now you need a reason to procrastinate.
One of those simple recipes with an output greater than the input. Smash some avocados on whole grain bread, drizzle with olive oil, and season.
Steamed Broccoli with Miso Peanut Butter Sauce
A NEW SIMPLE WAY TO EAT BROCCOLI? Yes. Steam and eat with a five-ingredient dip: miso, peanut butter, rice vinegar, mirin, and sesame oil. Make the sauce in bulk ahead of time and keep in the fridge. That way you get several snack/study seshes out of it and you don’t have to eat boring broccoli just because you’re under pressure.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc and boost memory. Might give you a slight advantage if you’re cramming for a test, but no promises.
Spicy Sriracha Popcorn
Just melt butter and stir in sriracha. Then drizzle over popcorn and toss. You’ll be set for every munchies moment coming your way till school’s out.
Chia Yogurt Power Bowl
If you haven’t met chia seeds yet, meet the superfood extraordinaire. In good company with bananas, berries, and nuts, this yogurt instantly powers you up.
Cheese Cucumber Sandwiches
Curb your carb intake by eating cheese with crunchy cucumbers instead of crackers. This way you also don’t have to worry about (clumsy you) dusting off crumbs from your lap, desk, books — you get the picture.
Healthy Multi-Ingredient Granola Bar
Oats + almonds + dates + peanut butter + honey = a compact healthy way to get your nuts, fiber, and sugar boost.
Nutella Energy Bites
Gain energy via oats, shredded coconut, honey-roasted hazelnuts, ground flaxseeds, and chia seeds. Gain happiness via Nutella.