Healthy Study Snacks to Get You Through Finals
Finals are quickly creeping up on us. I mean, I have 3 weeks left of Sophomore year--that's insane! A little while ago, I gave y'all some of my tips for studying for finals. Btw, if you haven't read that post or need a refresher I seriously recommend it!!
Anyway, I think what you eat & fuel your body with directly affects your performance & energy levels. This is why ensuring that you are eating healthy foods is so so important. As promised, today I am sharing 9 of my absolute favorite study snacks & healthy food replacements. Let me know which one of these is your favorite!
Popcorn // Chips
For those of y'all who crave savory bites, instead of grabbing some potato chips, go for air-popped popcorn! Brands such as Boom Chicka Pop & Skinny Pop make great lightly-salted (and some sweet) popcorn that is low in calories & contains fairly simple & minimal ingredients. Popcorn is always a good option when you have the munchies but aren't actually super hungry or don't need to eat a ton of food.
Kombucha & Sparkling Water // Soda
Honestly, I have never really liked sodas. I know for some people this may seem impossible, but they've just never been a favorite of mine. But for those of you who are addicted to those sweet carbonated beverages, maybe consider switching over to a flavored sparkling water or kombucha. Sparkling water is kinda the best of both worlds: you get the bubbles & also can stay hydrated. As for kombucha, it tastes a bit more like a soda & it has some really great health benefits!
Kodiak Cakes // Traditional Pancakes
O. M. G. You guys, Kodiak cakes have been my family & my latest obsession. If you are unfamiliar with Kodiak cakes, they are essentially a healthier version of pancakes, packed with protein & made with whole wheat flour. The best part is they taste like a normal pancake & there is a variety of flavor options. Some of my favorites are dark chocolate, oat & honey, & classic buttermilk. I totally recommend whipping up a large batch of these the Sunday before exams & refrigerating your leftovers. That way throughout the week you have a quick breakfast that will keep you full all morning. Also, I think I should mention their new toaster waffles for an even quicker breakfast routine.
Banookies // Cookies
If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen countless stories of me baking Banookies. In fact, you may have seen my recipe on how to make them & tried them out yourself. Either way, these banana, oat, & chocolate chip creations are beyond good. For the sweet toothes out there (I am guilty too) you may want to try replacing your chocolate chip cookie for a banookie.
Oats // Cereal
I will admit I love a good bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Frosted Mini-Wheats, but they aren't the most filling foods. I recommend swapping your morning cereal for a bowl of oatmeal. It's equally as quick to prepare, equally as tasty, but much more nutritious & will keep you fuller for longer. My favorite quick oatmeal is the BetterOats steel cut oats. They are high in protein & do not contain all of the added sugars that most instant oats do. If you aren't feeling a steaming hot breakfast in the warm Springtime, no big deal, just make overnight oats and eat them cold!
Nice Cream // Ice Cream
Ice Cream is a spring/summertime classic, but you may not feel too great if you eat an entire pint of Bluebell Mint Chocolate Chip. If you haven't heard of it already, Halotop is a lower calorie approach to ice-cream. It certainly isn't Bluebell, but it still is pretty stinking good. There are also quite a few other options such as Nada Moo, So Delicious, and you can even try making your own!
Sweets are a major weakness of mine, especially chocolate. Once I discovered Vitatops, I was able to tend to my sweet tooth without sacrificing healthy eating. Vitatops are the tops of muffins, which is the best part anyway, right? They come in a variety of flavors (my favorite being Banana Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter) and are packed with protein, yet still taste delicious. There are even some more breakfasty flavors, like Blueberry Muffin, that I really like for breakfast. Also, a huge thank you to Vitatop for partnering with me on this post!
Fruit is one of the most self-explanatory snacks: it's healthy & tastes so so good, but I felt I still needed to include it. In most areas right now, the fruit is in season & incredible. I am a sucker for all fruits but I find apples, bananas, clementines, grapes, & watermelon are the best to nibble on while studying.
Protein Bars (the good ones)
Almost every afternoon, I enjoy some type of protein bar with a nice cup of coffee. They are my go-to's when it comes to traveling or when I am on the go. But I must warn you, not all protein bars are that good for you. My favorite and most reliable bars are Rxbar, Kashi, Larabars, Thinkthin, & Oatmega. For the most part, all of these contain good ingredients & are the perfect snack size.