Healthier Snack Options for Exam Season

It’s easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits when you spend all free hours in the library where there is easy access to vending machines and not much else. Rather than doing more harm than good by gorging on chips and candy, however, here are some quick snacks easy to bring in your backpack to tide you over during study time. Your skin, blood sugar and calorie intake will thank you.

  1. 1. Fruit

    Instead of spending $1.50 on a bag of M&M’s, bringing an apple or banana will sustain you for longer, and it provides healthy calories. At Her Campus Pitt, we like apple chips.

  2. 2. Crackers

    Whole grain, sesame, saltines and Goldfish are salty options more filling than chips.

  3. 3. Granola

    If you have access to a kitchen, granola is easy to prepare, and if you don’t, it’s still cheap. With milk, granola makes a good breakfast; dry, it’s an easy portable snack. Granola bars are also good, but be careful—some are extremely sugary.

  4. 4. Peanut Butter

    Given that you are not allergic (and that those around you also are not allergic), a single spoonful of peanut butter can satisfy hunger for up to three hours.

  5. 5. Juice

    Instead of buying a soda, consider fruit juice for antioxidants and fewer chemicals. It could also be a substitute for coffee.

  6. 6. Hummus with Pita Bread or Chips

    Extremely filling and nourishing, a few dunks of hummus are delicious and good for you.

  7. 7. Dark Chocolate

    By far the chocolate healthiest for you, the small amount of caffeine it provides can be helpful for late night studying.

Happy studying!