10 Healthy Study Snacks

Studying can lead to poor eating-- whether it's absent-minded snacking, caffeine overloading, or stress eating, we are all guilty of making poor choices. With midterms lurking, I figured I'd put together a list of healthy snacks to have around for your study sessions.

1. Water. Your thirst reflex is really weak-- as a result, many of the times we think we're hungry, we're actually thirsty. As a college student, I know I rarely get my eight glasses a day. Instead of reaching for the chips, go for some water first to see if that's what your body really wants.

2. Pretzels and hummus. Crunchy enough to keep you going and the hummus is filled with nutrients and protein. Protein is a great way to feel full without carboloading.

3. Cucumbers, carrots, or other raw veggies. Crunchy, crisp, refreshing, nutritious, and low cal. Have with dip/dressing or alone.

4. Triscuits. These crackers are as addictive as the are delicious. They're baked and fiberful and come in many flavors! They're a great alternative to chips. You can top them with whatever you like-- like say a dab of cream cheese!

5. Tea. In addition to being a low calorie option to your sugary coffee-drink, teas have some great health benefits. They are, for the most part, great at killing bad bacteria, good for your heart, curb appetite, and even decrease you chances of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers! You can get caffeinated or decaf varieties. My favorite is Korean Rice tea-- it tastes like my childhood.

6. Boiled eggs. Protein is good energy and fullness so eggs are a great option. You can boil a bunch of eggs at once and save them for later. They're pretty easy to pack too! I also find that the tactile aspect of peeling a boiled egg helps refocus me and give my brain something else to do by activating a part of it that is distinct from my study-parts.

7. Chocolate milk. If you are having a midnight ice cream craving, try this instead. It meets that sweet, cold craving while making it easier for you to keep working while snacking and taking less time. And in general, it's also low-calorie compared to your Cookie Dough Ben and Jerry's.

8. Ramen-- but don't drink the soup! As a college student, you are probably well-versed in the ways of pouring hot water into a styrofoam bowl or cup filled with 500% of your daily recommended value of sodium. I used to think nothing of it, but my friend who has a family history of hypertension told me she doesn't drink the broth in order to cut out a lot of that salt! Just a little adjustment can make your ramen healthier. (Another recommendation-- halve and toss in one of your boiled eggs! Yummy!)

9. Fine cheese. A good cheese will feel rich and filling without actually being so. I recommend a good Gouda, Muenster, or Bellavitano.

10. Avocados with soy sauce. I don't know how many other people do this, but I like to halve an avocado, stab the pit with the knife to pull it out, and then fill the pit-void with soy sauce and eat the avocado with a spoon. It's delicious. It feels fatty and takes the edge off my craving but does so with good oils.

These are some of my preferred exam season snacks to I try to stock up around midterms and finals. What are your favorite healthy study snacks?



  1. If you like Triscuits and cheese, you HAVE to try this snack: Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuits with a slice of cheese melted on top in the microwave (I like cheddar). Add a steaming mug of peppermint tea too if it's cold out!

    My grandma makes it for me every time I come over. Ugh, I'm so sentimental!

  2. Yuuum to raw veggies, I like to munch them with homemade dips. Plenty of water and tea is a must, too. :)

  3. I love kale chips! The crunchyness helps me stay awake.. XD A
    And blueberries! <3