Quick study snacks for everyday

It’s pretty easy to stray away from eating healthy.  There are so many reasons why you might not be eating a lot of homemade meals or snacks.  If you’re like me, it’s probably because of one of the following:

  • Even though you might love them, you have to admit: You have messy roommates…leading to a messy kitchen, and it’s no fun cooking in a messy kitchen.
  • You’re so busy, you can rarely dedicate time to cooking.
  • You’re living on a student budget, like the majority of us.
  • Going out to eat with friends is so tempting.
  • Or, you’re just too darn lazy to cook.

Which is totally understandable!  I think we’ve all been there, done that.  No matter what kind of student you are, here are some quick fixes you can make on your own for when you’re craving a quick snack.  Eat them at home, pack them on the go…prepare as you desire!

Frozen Yogurt-Coated Berries:

Ingredients and tools:

  • Your favourite flavoured yogurt
  • Your favourite berries - frozen or fresh (keep in mind off-season pricing)
  • Toothpicks
  • Parchment or wax paper

Instructions:

  1. Wash the berries.
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper onto the plate.
  3. Using a toothpick, dip your berries into the yogurt and place them onto the parchment paper, leaving a small distance between each blueberry.
  4. Once the plate is full, place it into a freezer for one hour, or until frozen.
  5. Pick the berries off the plate, throw them into a Ziploc bag and freeze for whenever you need a snack.
  6. Repeat as often as you want!

Alternative: If you're pressed for time, top frozen fruit that has been thawed for a few seconds in the microwave with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola.

Veggies and Hummus:

This is my personal favourite, because it requires minimal prepping from our end.  All you need to do is cut up your favourite veggies (I usually do a combo of carrots, celery, and cucumber), throw them into a container, and scoop some hummus into another container!  If you’re not the biggest fan of hummus, substitute it with peanut butter.  Prepare ahead of time so you’ll be ready to take it with you. 

Cheese and Cucumbers:

Cucumber and Cheese sandwichFeeling like cutting down on the carbs a bit?  If you happen to have any leftover cucumbers, use them to substitute the crackers in those infamous cheese and crackers, and you’ve got yourself a juicy and crunchy snack.  (Not to mention this will guarantee zero crumbs.)

Strawberry Banana Smoothie:

Strawberry smoothieSingle-serve blenders are life savers.  Skip the drink lines by making your own strawberry banana smoothie at home.
 
Ingredients:
  • Frozen strawberries and bananas (the packaged ones in the frozen aisle are ready to serve and generally cost less) 
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
Instructions:
  1. Fill your cup with strawberry and banana slices until it’s 1/3 full.
  2. Add 2-3 spoonfuls of yogurt.
  3. Pour milk in until it fills half of the content inside.
  4. Blend and add yogurt/milk until it’s of desired viscosity. 

Alternative: You can also substitute milk and yogurt with kefir, a highly nutritious fermented milk drink that is basically like thinned down yogurt. Equal parts of plain kefir and frozen fruit is an easy smoothie, and you can add a spoon or two of ground flax seed for extra fibre and healthy omega-3 fats!


So, here are some quick fixes! Give a couple recipes a try, and feel free to tweak them to your own preferences. Remember that the best study snacks include both a source of protein and carbohydrates, and shouldn’t be too high in sugar, which can zap your energy.

If these ideas don’t suit your needs, check out some more snack suggestions from Nutrition Services
 
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