Martina Yee, Account Associate
Who doesn’t love a good snack break? While studying can be boring and tedious, it is always good to keep yourself energized and productive with some delicious snacks.
But what kind of snacks should you eat during your study session? While junk foods may be tempting to grab and chow on, how about thinking twice before you pick up your snack? It doesn’t take much to eat healthy. You don’t need to be on a diet, so why not snack healthily during your study breaks?
Next time you are grocery shopping, pick up some healthy snacks that are easy to make or convenient for grabbing on the go when you are in a rush. For some variety, you can always prepare some snacks ahead of time. If you like nuts, you can try preparing a batch of simple homemade trail mix with almonds, pistachios, and cashews for a quick energy boost. Sprinkle some M&M’s or dried fruit pieces, too! By creating a batch, you can have the snack for several study sessions all made in one go. The classic pairings of sliced apples and peanut butter, yogurt and berries, and vegetables and hummus are just a few examples of other food items you can prepare. If you crave chocolate, choose dark over milk. Dark chocolate has its benefits when it comes to antioxidants and natural stimulants that improve blood flow, which is great for better focus when studying.
If you’re studying in the HUB or library and forget your snacks, you can always pick up something at the Starbucks cafe. Whether you are an avid Starbucks drinker or not, there are many snack options you can pick from, even the healthy ones, aside from drink orders. If you want something warm, try one of the “Sous Vide Egg Bites”, especially the egg white and peppers, which is high in protein and stands at 170 calories. You could also order a 160 calorie “Classic Oatmeal”. Starbucks also carries bananas, oranges, fruit cups, and even organic fruit-flavored applesauces, in addition to a variety of energy bars. Best of all, the Starbucks on campus accept meal points and lion cash!
Next time you’re craving a snack, try planning ahead or carefully choosing what snacks are best for your health! It’s never too late to start implementing healthier snack options in your diet or even during study breaks, so why not start at your next study session?