When you’re hunkering down to study for midterms or powering through the night to finish a paper, it’s easy to reach for a bag of potato chips or a bowl of ice cream. Before you know it, you’ve eaten more sugary, fatty treats than you were anticipating. But with these healthy snack recipes, all under 300 calories each, you can snack guilt-free during a study session. Healthy snacks not only keep you not only full and focused, but they can also ward off that unwanted freshman (or sophomore, or junior, or senior) 15.
Apple with Peanut Butter
This combination of salty and sweet keeps you full during studying. Slice up an apple and slather the slices in two tablespoons of lightly salted peanut butter. “The carb protein keeps me full and gives me energy,” says Devon Williams, sophomore at Eckerd College.
Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Cream Cheese
This protein-packed snack roll will keep you full for hours. Use about two ounces of smoked salmon, spread one tablespoon of cream cheese over the slices, and garnish with a third of an avocado. Then, roll up the mixture into a makeshift, rice-less sushi roll.
Pita Pockets and Hummus
Laura Maddox, Campus Correspondent at Appalachian State, recommends serving up about five mini pita pockets with about two tablespoons of hummus. “If you’re eating healthy hummus,” she says of snacking with the pita pockets, “It’s not bad at all.” Stick to just two tablespoons of hummus (or add a few more if you’re going easy on the pitas) to keep your calorie count snack-sized.
Rice Cake with Provolone Cheese
If you’re a fan of cheese and crackers, try out this snack next time you need some sustenance. Take two rice cakes with a piece of provolone cheese on each. If you want, you can pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and make it a melty snack.
Calories: 80 per cup
Blueberries have long been thought to improve brainpower, so chow down on a cup (or even two or three!) while your doing your homework. They are also high in fiber so they keep you fuller longer. Her Campus UNC Campus Correspondent Melissa Paniagua loves blueberries when she’s studying. Stock up on a carton on your next trip to the grocery store!