If you’re getting ready to hole up in the library for an extended cram session, don’t let your growling stomach interrupt you – or worse, distract everyone else in the library. It’s important to have snacks in your bag along with a water bottle and all your study materials, but not all foods travel well. Here are some things that do, and will also keep you full for extended periods of time.
Hummus and Veggies
Get a sandwich baggie and a mini Tupperware container – or better yet, just toss it all in a mason jar. Hummus and veggies are a great combo because it’s plenty of fiber and protein to keep your stomach satiated until mealtime. Carrot sticks, celery, raw green beans, sliced bell peppers, broccoli florets, and sugar snap peas are just a few veggies that make this snack quick and easy for on-the-go.
Apples and Nut Butter
If you like the idea of hummus and veggies but you have a sweet tooth, maybe apples and nut butter is your better bet. It still offers the crunch factor, protein, and fiber, but is more palatable for those who are averse to raw veg. Peanut butter is the old faithful, but don’t be afraid to branch out and try almond butter, sunbutter, or even Nutella.
Greek Yogurt and Granola
A container of Greek yogurt is easy to toss in your bag, and nowadays, there are many varieties that come with granola, dried fruit, or nuts to add in. The high protein content of Greek yogurt will fill you up, and having a little something to put on top will make the flavor a little more interesting. Sweet or salty? Whatever you’re in the mood for!
If you’re the type of person who likes to mindlessly munch while you study, dry cereal is always a good go-to. Banana nut Cheerios and cinnamon Life make great options for something tasty that won’t leave you too full when lunch or dinner rolls around. Plus, it’s easy to keep in your bag all day if you’ve got a long day ahead.
Pretzels and Dark Chocolate
Feeling like you need a reward after crushing that chapter? Have a treat without giving yourself a sugar crash to look forward to later. Pretzels and dark chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly – there’s nothing more satisfying than crunchy, salty, and sweet all rolled up into one. Plus, the dark chocolate will give you a small caffeine boost without a high fat content – you’ll overcome that temptation to go running for the vending machine.