By Nisha Takhar | UBC Dietitics Student
Exam season is a tough time for all students, perhaps more so now that students are studying in isolation. Hitting the books for many hours often leads to neglecting our body’s internal hunger cues, which can lead to stress eating or forgetting to eat altogether.
To keep your body and mind fuelled this exam season, look for snacks that combine protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats for a winning combo that will provide important nutrients and keep you satisfied. Try putting these snacks together ahead of time so you’re prepared when the study munchies hit:
1. Veggies and dip.
Crunchy veggies and creamy hummus make a great pair for exam season. Chop up carrots, celery, and bell peppers (or grab some from your dining hall) and pair it with a few scoops of hummus. This snack is portable and is packed with fibre to keep you full through that tough study session.
2. Fruit and yogurt.
When you feel like something sweet, this snack is quick and easy to prepare. Chop up a big batch of fruit or pick some up from your dining hall and pair it with a Greek yogurt dip. The creamy yogurt is packed with protein and calcium and the sweet and tangy fruits are full of vitamins and minerals. Switch up the fruits you choose every time to keep things interesting. Or grab a spoon and make it a yogurt parfait!
3. Homemade trail mix.
Making your own trail mix can be a great way to incorporate a variety of fuelling foods into your studying. Grab a bag or container and toss some nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to get some fibre while satisfying a sweet tooth. Check out some homemade trail mix recipe ideas here for inspiration.
Popcorn is a great fibre-rich snack that comes with a satisfying crunch. Pop your own kernels in the microwave using a paper bag for a quick on-the-go snack. Try adding nutritional yeast to your popcorn for a cheesy and nutrient-rich boost.
Happy snacking and best of luck on your exams!