Fresh To Go Snacks to Fuel Your Study Sessions

Fresh To Go Snacks to Fuel Your Study Sessions

It’s exam season, and we know that means endless hours of studying. A great way to fuel your brain for these study sessions is to grab healthy snacks in between meals. Choosing the right snacks in the right amounts can help energize you, boost your mood and help you focus and concentrate on your notes. Another bonus: they will curb your appetite and prevent overeating at your next meal. A win win!

However, there’s a difference between nourishing snacks and those sweet and salty treats. Although these fun treats are great occasionally, they have little nutrition benefit with a higher calorie content. Besides, a sugar crash is no fun and you’ll be feeling hungry again in no time.

Here are a few tips to get you started on smart snacking:

  • Plan Ahead

If you have healthy ready to eat snacks on hand, you will more likely eat these instead of less healthy snacks. Try grabbing a fresh to go TAM after breakfast in the morning or after dinner the night before your study session. Or if you have a kitchen, prepare snacks on weekends or the night before.

  • Portion Beforehand

Don’t let a snack replace your meal! The purpose of a snack is to give you a boost of energy before your next meal. For instance, some TAMs are big enough for two snacks. Portion your snack rather than taking the whole bag or container with you.

  • Listen to your Hunger Cues

Snack when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored or stressed. Enjoy your snacks mindfully and away from distractions so you don’t overconsume. Read more about mindful eating here.

  • Pair Protein with Fibre

Protein and fibre keep us feeling full for longer. This combination will fuel your study session until you sit down for your next meal. Bonus: snacks are a great way to get your daily fruits and veggies.

Better for you snack options in Fresh To Go on campus:

  1. Hummus and vegetables (vegan friendly!)
  2. 1/2 value sandwich on whole wheat bread (save the other half for a later snack)
  3. Yogurt with fresh fruit
  4. Sabra hummus and crackers
  5. Green smoothie with Greek yogurt and milk from Lazy Scholar
  6. Single cheese with ½ cup fruit (save the rest of your fruit cup for a later snack)
  7. Cheese plate = two snacks
    1. Cheese with crackers
    2. Cheese with grapes
  8. Healthy Start = two snacks
    1. Boiled egg with grapes
    2. Cottage cheese with mini muffin

Snacks can be part of a healthy diet if you choose nutritious options in small portions. Be prepared! Keep some snacks in your bag for when hunger strikes.

Need some more nutrition tips for the exam season? Book a free appointment with me (Jessica), the Campus Registered Dietitian to chat all things nutrition by emailing dining@queensu.ca.