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Zoom fatigue and late-night study sessions tend to leave me tired and lacking energy, and I often find myself reaching for snacks to keep me going. Instead of grabbing whatever junk food I have in my kitchen cabinet, I’ve begun opting for much healthier snacks. It can be hard making sure you get the right balance of nutrients, but I’ve included some of my go-to snacks as inspiration when you make your next grocery run!

1. Greek yogurt


Chobani Greek Yogurt
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Whether you choose to have it plain or add some fruit, Greek yogurt is the perfect snack to have if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth. My favorite brand is Noosa Yoghurt because it’s just so creamy and there are tons of flavors to choose from. Another Greek yogurt idea is to cover blueberries in Greek yogurt and freeze them to become frozen blueberry bites!

2. Pistachios



If you’re more into salty snacks and love munching on chips, try picking up some pistachios. I love to go for the shelled pistachios, since having to shell them makes me more conscious of how many I eat and makes sure that I’m not mindlessly snacking. 

3. Veggies with dip

Crunchy veggies like carrots or celery make for an easy snack on their own — except they taste even better with dip. I personally love carrots with a little ranch dressing, but a healthier alternative would be some hummus.

4. Smoothies!


fruit smoothie in glass with metal straw
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You can’t go wrong with a good smoothie, and there are countless recipes you can find online depending on what ingredients you already have at home. I love a classic strawberry banana or banana peanut butter smoothie. Don’t hesitate to throw in a handful of spinach to get some greens in that you won’t even be able to taste!

5. Hard-boiled eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are high in protein so they’ll fill you up, and they’re super easy to make! I prefer to throw one or two in a salad, but you can also eat them on their own!

6. Chocolate-dipped peanut butter banana bites

For those of us who love snacking on sweets late at night, these hit the spot every time. All you have to do is slice a banana, spread some peanut butter in between two slices like a sandwich, dip it in some chocolate and freeze them for a bit. 

7. Rice cakes

These are great to have on hand as an easy grab and go snack, but they also taste delicious with almond butter and the jelly of your choice!

Melanie Marin

Illinois '21

Melanie is a senior majoring in marketing and international business management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She spends her free time going to concerts, binging shows on netflix, and baking. Follow her on instagram @melaniemarin9
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