Healthy Snacks For The Library
Hands up if you get peckish in the library. When you are studying you often get cravings for unhealthy food causing you to overindulge on sugary and fatty snacks. This can lead to you feeling sluggish and tired (not good when you are trying to revise). Here are some healthy snacks ideas for the library to help you avoid eating junk food and optimise your studying.
Popcorn is a great tasty healthy alternative to crisps. Popcorn now comes in so many flavours and is found in most shops. It’s easy to carry and doesn’t make a mess.
Frozen fruit are a great to snack on, from frozen strawberries to blueberries. Just simply put the fruit of your choice (berries and grapes work the best) into the freezer, leave overnight and then to the take in a snack box. You can eat them frozen or wait for them to defrost and have chilled fruit.
A personal favourite of mine is frozen blueberries. Blueberries are low in fat but high in nutrients and are an antioxidant. Also, it is thought that blueberries improve memory and reduce oxidative stress. So are great snack when you are studying.
If you are a chocoholic, then this is the option for you! Studies have found that if you have a good quality piece of chocolate then you are less likely to at the whole chocolate bar as the one piece satisfies your cravings. So, if you are craving chocolate try to buy dark chocolate to ensure you don’t over indulge.
Benefits: Dark chocolate of over 72% coco has been found to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great to munch on whilst studying. This snack can be easily carried and do not make a mess. They are high in fibre, good fat and protein. Some of the healthiest nuts and seeds are; walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, pistachio, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Nuts and seeds can be mixed with dark chocolate. However, nuts and seeds should be consumed in small portions due to the high energy content.
Carrot Sticks and Hummus
My favourite snack has to be carrots sticks and hummus. The carrots reduce hunger by increasing satiety and hummus is just delicious. However, hummus can smell, so if you are not feeling brave in the library take carrot sticks without the hummus.
About the author
My name is Sophia, I am in my first year at medical school. Prior to starting medical school I achieved a BSc in Clinical Science. I work part time as a lifeguard and swim teacher, and also have an instagram page @babydoctor_ that follows my fitness journey. I’m passionate about promoting health and well being!