Studying is hard.
It’s even harder when you’re distracted by hunger pangs- being forced to ask a stranger to prevent other strangers from stealing your laptop as you run to Tim Horton’s and anxiously wait in a long line to buy some sugary form of sustenance.
Needless to say, this is not healthy, convenient, or even appetizing. You get sick of their chocolate chip cookies after a while, trust me.
Here’s a list of a few great study snacks that require minimal preparation, and are much healthier for your body and brain!
Grab an apple on your way out the door for a light snack to keep your study session going. If you have some extra time in the morning, slice it up and try to bring a tablespoon or two of natural peanut butter for added healthy fats. Apples have lots of healthy sugars to wake you up, and the peanut butter will keep you full.
Warning: this option may not be great if you’re on the 5th floor of Weldon because the sound of your delicious, crunchy, healthy snack will attract stares. However, enjoy this vitamin-packed snack if you’re in a more noise friendly atmosphere.
These are the easiest snack for a grab-and-go lifestyle. However, granola bars can often be very high in sugar. Be sure to check the ingredients list and nutrition facts before choosing one to accompany you during your long nights in the library.
Trail mix is also quite convenient, but make sure you control your portions! Trail mix is often very high in calories, due to its content of dried fruits, nuts, and sometimes (just kidding, always) chocolate. Nonetheless, trail mix is a great snack for studying as the healthy fats will keep you full for a long time. Perfect for when you’ve only written the title of your 2000-word paper.
This one should probably be eaten quite early on in your study session to ensure maximum crunchiness. Frozen grapes are often claimed to be comparable to candy; they’re the perfect pick-me-up for when your body needs extra sugars.
Greek yogurt can be bought in individual serving cups. Although they’re a bit pricey, they’re high in protein, convenient, and definitely 5th floor Weldon appropriate. Don’t forget your spoon though!
So the next time you consider heading to the library for more than a few hours, try to plan ahead and bring one of these healthy options. Donuts are great, but not on a daily basis.