By Elizabeth Ten-Hove
If, like me, you are still chained to your desk studying for exams and trying to finish your final papers desperately, you may have long ago run out of ideas for snacks to bring to school. You dare not give up your hard-won seat to go in search of more substantial fare, yet a diet consisting solely of heavily caffeinated beverages is not precisely the road to productivity and academic success.
We recently published a list of ideas for healthy eating when you are really on the run, but if you can find a few minutes in the morning before you head off to school, or at night before you collapse into bed, you can go a little off the beaten snack-track.
- Tired of sweet things? Roast some chickpeas for a spicy and inexpensive snack.
- Dried fruit and nuts are a match made in heaven, but an extra two minutes can make them even more wonderful. Try sesame date balls or fig and almond torta, for example.
- Nuts on their own are also wonderful. Try tamari-roasted nuts, butter-toasted hazelnuts, rosemary walnuts or maple vanilla walnuts.
- Sometimes, you just need to bake. Smitten Kitchen has a wonderful collection of recipes for fruit-filled snacking cakes, such as this rhubarb one.
- Vary the hummus routine with some other combinations: peanut butter and celery, pesto and cauliflower, carrots and guacamole.
Photo via Kitchen Lark.