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5 simple snack ideas to fight ‘hanger’ while you study

All that studying will work up an appetite.

It’s actually a fact.

Studies show that intellectual activities, like studying, cause a big fluctuation in glucose and insulin and makes you hungry. Unfortunately, though, thinking doesn’t burn a ton more calories, about three more calories per activity.

You don’t want to get to the point of ‘hanger,’ so you can actually when you study. But it’s unrealistic to try to cook every little snack. After all, who wants to cook more than necessary? And that’s why we opt for the junk food.

Healthier snacks do require a bit more prep. It’s not quite as easy as opening up that bag of chips, but there are some simple recipes just about anyone can follow that will actually add some nutrition to your diet.

This simple snack in a jar that doesn't take as much effort as it looks

It’s really a simple snack, and not as difficult as it sounds. Pans and stoves aren’t required, and it’ll allow you to grab something quick when you’re in the zone with schoolwork.

Your pre-assembled snack jar can include whatever you want.

Maybe hummus with pre-cut bell peppers, carrots or whatever you like to dip in hummus? It could also be a homemade bean dip and chips. Or even peanut butter, celery and pretzels on top. Putting a quick assembly together will help you be ready to go once you’re studying.

You can find some easy ideas here.

These 'banana dogs' that you don't have to cook

Here’s what’s needed for this simple snack: a banana, peanut butter and a tortilla of your choice. That’s it.

Spread the peanut butter on a tortilla of your choice, add the banana (peeled, of course), roll it up like a burrito. If you want to cut it into bites, go for it. It’s a healthy snack that will take little to no energy.

We’d share a recipe, but we think you get the idea.

Feeling brave? Try these healthy, yummy pickle roll ups

You’re definitely going to have to be a dill pickle lover for this snack. But it’s just as easy to assemble as the other ideas, and it’s a low carb, high protein option.

All you need is a favorite lunch meat, cream cheese and a whole dill pickle. Like the banana dogs, you’ll put the cream cheese on the lunch meat, add the pickle and make a lunch meat burrito.

If you want to view the recipe, head here.

This simple 'thin crust' pizza

If you’re feeling something more filling, opt for this simple pizza recipe.

You’ll need a tortilla, pizza sauce, cheese and pepperonis. It doesn’t take much work and it’s a filling snack.

You can see the recipe here.

Or go all out and make yourself some no-bake energy balls

This healthy snack option is meant to be loaded with foods that will boost your energy, something greatly needed when studying in the afternoons or early mornings.

Energy balls, also known as power balls, usually consist of peanut butter and oats. You can add things like fruits, chocolate chips or m&ms for taste. They don’t require an oven and are a great go-to snack you can store in your fridge.

Here’s one example of an energy ball you can try out.

Some advice from online educators:

As one online educator Donald Mitchell said:

“Living a healthy lifestyle can help you manage the stress of school and work.  Adopt these healthy habits to stay energized for your busy schedule.”

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat less sugar and processed foods.
  • Drink more water and fewer sodas.
  • Get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night.

A few more words of advice from online instructors:

“Balancing my life begins with sleeping and eating” – Lauree Russell

“Sleeping-n-eating affect EVERYTHING. So I have blackened my bedroom windows and have relaxation music ready to go before I go to sleep,” said Ms. Lee. “Also, I don’t eat after 6 p.m. so that my body is actually resting instead of digesting a heavy meal,” Ms. Lauree Russell, math teacher.

Eat Lunches That Will Help Your Body

“As for eating, life is so busy, I keep cases of my favorite healthy foods in my refrigerator so I can grab-n-go.  Right now I have a case of Greek Yogurt, a case of green juices, 12 boiled eggs, a case of mixed nuts and two different bags of home-made chicken frozen enchiladas (individually wrapped) that can be microwaved in two minutes.  Of course, a large box of mixed greens or spinach to add to my meals is nutritional too!”- Ms. Lee, math teacher.

  • Do you have a favorite snack recipe? Share with us in the comments below.

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