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Whether you're hungry, peckish or just finding another way to procrastinate, here are UOW student Isabella’s favourite healthy snacks to keep you satisfied and energised while studying for your exams.
Popcorn is full of fibre and antioxidants. You can keep it healthy by choosing to add spices instead of loads of butter and salt. Snack on some while you watch some (obviously study-related) videos. It is just like being at the movies!
It is easy to get your five veg a day when you have a tub of hummus by your side. Simply chop up whatever vegetable takes your fancy – carrot is my personal favourite – dip and enjoy. Hummus is super nutritious and packed with plant-based protein, which helps muscle growth, recovery and immune function. Best of all, it tastes delicious. Why else would there be a Hummus Memes page on Facebook?
Believe it or not, peanuts are packed with nutrients and energy that will help keep you focused during those long study sessions. Avoid nasties like refined sugars by purchasing natural peanut butter. It is one of the best sources of protein and good fats. Spread some on whatever you choose – celery, bread, apples… anything goes well with peanut butter! My sincerest apologies go out to anyone with peanut allergies. You’re missing out.
To some, this may sound strange but, chickpeas are my go-to snack! They are full of fibre, protein and most importantly, flavour. You can enhance this even further with seasonings – paprika for a beautiful smoky flavour or honey if you’re sweet toothed! I would suggest preparing them in advance so that you can snack on them whenever you need.
It’s all about balance. Have a few blocks of chocolate to reward yourself every now and then. You deserve it!
All story credit to Bachelor of Commerce student Isabella Panozzo.