Studying & Sustenance: Healthy Snack & Meal Ideas for Finals

Dark circles around the eyes. Clothes that haven’t been washed for a questionable amount of time. Eating anything in sight.

No, this isn’t the start of a zombie movie, it’s just your typical university student trudging through final exam season.

Whether it’s running off to campus to get the best spot/study carrel in the library, meeting up with a study group, or that tense waiting period before the doors to the room where you’ll be writing your exam open, making healthy food choices might not be your top priority this time of year.

As convenient as dining hall pizza, instant noodles, Kraft Dinner, or a bowl of Froot Loops are, they’re not exactly nutritious or filling. That burger and fries combo you got from the only spot on campus that’s open on weekends? Yeah, that’s not doing any favours for you, either. Eating healthier, especially during times of high stress such as exam season, will make you feel better and will hopefully be reflected in your study sessions.

If you don’t know where to start, here are some tasty and wholesome snack and meal ideas:


Overnight oats

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This is a personal favourite and super simple to make. There are many different takes you can have on your oats, but as long as you have the base (1 part rolled oats to 1 part your choice of milk), it should turn out fine. Just leave it in the fridge overnight and dig in once it’s morning. If you’re typically on the go, just make it in a small jar instead of a bowl.


3-Minute Apple Crisp in Mug (Gluten-Free)

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A healthy, breakfast version of a classic dessert – apple crisp. Like the name says it only takes about few minutes to make, and you can make it in a large mug! Top it off with some greek yogurt.


Egg Muffins

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If you’re into meal prep, this is the perfect breakfast or lunch option! Just make them, refrigerate/freeze the rest and they’ll last you about a week. In addition to containing omega-3 fats, vitamins A, B, D, E, and K, eggs will keep you full longer so you can continue your studying without being interrupted by your stomach.


Mason Jar Salads

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Save those pasta sauce jars because they definitely come in handy! You can pretty much put whatever combination of veggies you want in it, just remember to start with the dressing on the bottom so the rest of your salad doesn’t get all soggy. Shake it up when you’re ready to eat and keep a fork handy.


Chickpea Curry

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This one may take a bit more time, but it’ll go a long way. Add extra veggies, meat or tofu (for vegetarians/vegans) and you’ve got yourself dinner! Make sure you have enough space in your fridge for those Tupperware containers.


Burrito Bowls

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An alternative to the $9 burrito bowl you can get at a certain popular Mexican food spot. 


5-Ingedient Granola Bars 

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Say goodbye to those crumbly, store-bought granola bars. This no-bake recipe makes up to 10 servings, and yes, you can add more than the 5 ingredients.


Veggies and Hummus

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It’s time to switch out that ranch dressing that’s been sitting in your fridge and substitute it with something containing more fiber and less fat: hummus! Keep in mind that this snack might not be the best for silent study…


Eating well is only one of the ways you can take care of yourself during finals. Remember to stay hydrated with water in between those cups of coffee and tea, take short breaks to stretch or walk around, and get some good sleep!