Being a student is no walk in the park. After a long day filled with various duties, you´re often too tired to even shower, let alone cook complicated meals. But relying solely on potato chips and a 6-pack of whatever sugary drink you are currently obsessed with is not the best long-term solution for your nutrition. We found some delicious healthy snacks/ingredients that you can easily incorporate into your diet.
There are always debates over nuts and how good they are for your health. As soon as you start talking about their health benefits, you can be assured that someone will add: ´´Yes, but nuts contain so much fat!´´. However, many studies have been conducted on this topic and they all found that eating nuts doesn´t really affect your weight gain or weight loss in any significant way. The studies have also confirmed many health benefits – nuts can top or slow down the development of many chronic diseases. As a result, people who consume nuts regularly tend to have longer lifespans than the people who don´t consume nuts as regularly.
Energy balls are one of the quickest, easiest and most delicious snacks you can make. The usual recipes for energy balls are typically no-bake, so the entire prep takes about 10 minutes and then they´re done! Aside from being delicious, they also contain ingredients that can boost your energy levels – superfoods, whole foods, protein, healthy carbs and fats etc. These ingredients help maintain your weight and give you that energy boost that is always welcome when you´re a student. Some of the most common ingredients are: oats, nut butter, honey (or maple syrup if you´re vegan), and add-ins like nuts, raisins and chocolate chips.
This is without a doubt the most popular and healthiest option on our list. It´s a breakfast favorite, whether you´re a fitness fanatic or not. Oats are associated with many health benefits, such as helping with weight loss, reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering blood sugar levels. There are differently processed types of oats you can buy – the more processed they are, the shorter time they take to cook. The best part is, there are a million ways to enrich your oatmeal depending on if you are feeling more savory or sweet – you can add butter, egg and sausage or fruits, chocolate and other grains.
We know that the first thought to come to mind was, ´´Well, Potatos are vegetables, therefore fries count as vegetable sticks! Case closed!´´. But, we are talking about healthier options here. Vegetable sticks can basically be any kind of vegetable that you can chop into sticks. If it´s a type of vegetable that´s safe to eat raw, that would be the healthiest option. For example: Chop a couple of peppers, carrots and cucumbers into thin sticks. Lay them on a round plate around a bowl of dip in the middle. Hummus or yoghurt is always a great option. If you are feeling a little cheeky and are leaning towards something fried, you can experiment by dipping various vegetable sticks into a mixture of flour, water, olive oil and salt before frying in an air fryer.
Bananas are great as is, and they are usually listed as an ingredient in every popular healthy snack recipe. The health benefits of bananas are seemingly endless. They´re rich in all sorts of vitamins which benefit your diet, heart, skin and can even help with digestion issues. One easy banana snack you can make are banana chips. Slice the bananas into rounds and place them onto a baking sheet in a baking tray. Brush the banana slices with lemon juice (this will prevent the slices from going dark) and then proceed by baking for approx. 2 hours. If you’re looking for that crunch, let your banana chips bake a little longer.
Rice is one of the oldest and most widely used cereal grains in the world. Just as the other foods on this list, rice can help reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer and improve gut health. A common snack, popular in everyone´s diet plans since the early 80s, are rice cakes. Here´s a simple recipe on how you can make them at home:
• 1 cup rice (uncooked)
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 2 eggs
• 2 tablespoons of flour of your choice
+ (optional) flavorings of your choice
Preheat the oven at 180ᵒC. Blend all the ingredients in a blender and pour into a greased muffin pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
Buttermilk is a fermented dairy product, traditionally left over from churning butter. It is most common in warmer climates, where fresh milk tend to sour quicker at room temperature. Did you know that Buttermilk is one of the healthiest dairy products you can consume? First of all, it´s 90% water, so it´s good for regulating the water balance in your body. It also has less fat than normal milk, is in many ways beneficial for your digestive system, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and so much more. You can drink it on its own or add it to whatever you´re cooking up!
In the past couple of years, adding chia seeds to literally anything and everything has become a new trend, and for a good reason. Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, antioxidants and fiber. They´re naturally free of gluten and non-GMO. They lower the risk of heart disease, help with weight loss, reduce blood sugar levels. Since they don´t have any strong taste of their own, they can be added to any meal – smoothies, oatmeal, risotto, baked goods and pretty much anything else. You won´t be able to tell the difference, but your body will sure be thankful!