We’ve all been there. It’s 11:00pm the night before your last exam; you can smell the sweet freedom of the relaxation to come afterwards. You figure you’ll pull one more all-nighter, skip breakfast and run to your exam just as the TA is about to read off the rules for the first of many times before the clock hits the hour. You’ve already skipped lunch and dinner the day before to study so why not just reach for that last cup of Mr. Noodles, boil some water, and waste no time away from your books? Wrong! Nothing is worse for your academics than an unhealthy snack! Keep reading for 6 healthy snacks you can make yourself!
Microwavable Healthy Breakfasts
If you’ve got a microwave and are tight on time, try mastering these Fine Mug Munchies that take less than 10 minutes to create and bake… perfect before an early morning exam!
Apple Banana “Baked” Oatmeal in a Mug
Microwave some magic here!
Egg White Omelet in a Mug
Get EGG-cited for this recipe and read it here!
Salty and Savory Snacks
If you’re feeling extra salty because you’re tired of sitting in Gerstein day after day, try making some of these equally salty snacks to pack up and bring to picnic at a table with your PSY100 study group.
Oven-Baked Kale Chips
So delish and easy to make! Just preheat your oven to 350 degree F; clean, cut, and arrange your kale pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt (pepper if you’d like). Bake for 10-15 minutes and you’ll be ready to crunch on some healthy chips as you dive back into your lecture slides!
Health(ier) Baked Nachos
These aren’t your typical Jack Astor nachos that usually accompany your beer belly home on a Thirsty Thursday. Here’s a healthy spin on them, plus they’re homemade!
Cut and bake (for 12 minutes) triangle pieces of multigrain tortillas, seasoned with a sprinkle of salt. Top with low-fat or even vegan cheese for a healthier alternative to the usual cheddar overload. Make some guac, chop some tomatoes, and plop some sour cream on top of this succulent student snack!
Bonus Tip: You can even use your kale chips as the base of your nacho glory for an even healthier alternative to this dish.
Sweet (Guilt-Free) Indulgences
Haven’t reached the salty side of exam season yet? These sweet snacks are perfect for when your spirits are still up and perky at the beginning of the semester. Try making one of these sweet treats!
Yogurt Covered Blueberries
This recipe actually works with any fruit you’ve got lying around in your fridge that’s about ready for the trash. Instead of wasting food and money, try dipping the fruit into some Greek Yogurt (extra health points).
Place on a baking tray and freeze for around an hour. These bite-sized beauties will last you all semester and straight into exam season – if you can resist eating them all at once!
Peanut Butter and Fruit Waffle Sandwich
Take the whole wheat and healthier version of a frozen waffle. Toast or microwave it how you like it. Spread a tablespoon with chunky peanut butter on one waffle, sprinkle a dash of cinnamon if you have it, top with fresh, sliced banana and strawberries. Add the other waffle on top and enjoy a tasty and healthy sandwich that is sure to keep you full and satisfied.
Tip: Try adding some Nutella as well if you deserve the extra indulgence (which, you do)…
SHAKE IT OFF
Most of the time when we think we are absolutely starving we are actually just dehydrated. … Living off of coffee and energy drinks for an entire semester will do that to you…
Instead of going for another Tim’s run, try hitting up Booster Juice, Jugo Juice, or even Starbucks for a healthy, protein filled smoothie to help swallow those exam tears.
Booster Juice’s Best
At Booster Juice I usually go for the “Tropi-Kale” which is on the sweeter side, but I also love “unBEETable” for its earthy flavors.
My Favorite at Jugo Juice
At Jugo Juice I ALWAYS grab the “Watermelon Wiggle”. It’s refreshing and not too sweet. It’s the perfect treat for summer schoolers!
My Starbucks Favorite
At Starbuck my go-to smoothie is the chocolate banana protein smoothie (half sweet, lactose free, with a shot of espresso, of course). Try some add-ons in their smoothies to truly make it your own go-to study snack!
All of these smoothies can have protein added to them to make them even more beneficial to your studying habits!
Good luck with your studies fellow UofT students. Make some healthier choices when it comes to snacking and studying, leave the donuts and Iced Capps for the other schools in the downtown core! We don’t need them!