Always reaching for a bag of crisps, chocolate bars or biscuits whilst studying? It’s time to clean out your desk drawer and start stockpiling healthy snacks! Whether you are bored and fancy something sweet, feeling sluggish or counting your macros, we have the snacks that will help you get through your study session.
For Brain Function and Focus
Blueberries – Studies have shown that blueberries can boost concentration and memory and the antioxidants stimulate blood flow to your brain. So why not have a punnet ready for when you find yourself reaching for your mobile phone instead of your textbook?
Dark Chocolate – Yes, you read correctly. Now you have an excuse to eat chocolate! Dark chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine which can enhance alertness and focus. Dark chocolate also contains magnesium, which can help relieve headaches and stress. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing – a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day is all we’re recommending.
Wild West Sea Salt & Black Pepper Salmon Jerky – How could we not mention our own salmon jerky? It’s high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for brain function and development. Our salmon jerky might just help you to power through the rest of the working day when you’re feeling sleepy.
For when you are looking for a quick protein fix
Hard-Boiled Eggs – Eggs are an easy way to get your protein fix. They are high in B vitamins and trace minerals. A typical boiled egg contains 6 grams of protein, so it will keep you full and satisfied during a long day of studying.
Cottage Cheese – Whether you like to slather it on a rice cake or eat it on its own, cottage cheese is a versatile snack that is high in protein and easy to munch on whilst your revising. It’s also a great source of calcium and vitamin B12.
Pumpkin Seeds – Not only are they easy to snack on, pumpkin seeds are also very nutritionally beneficial. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein and contain fibre, magnesium and zinc.
Wild West Original Beef Jerky – Don’t fancy your usual protein shakes and bars? Jerky is a very easy and tasty way to get protein in during the day. Our jerky is high in protein, low in fat and low in calories.
For when you fancy something sweet
Dried Mango and Bananas – If fresh fruit just isn’t cutting it for you, why not try it dried? The texture and sweetness will make you feel like you’re eating candy, only with less sugar and calories.
Sweet Rice Cakes – You might associate it with cardboard, but rice cakes are a versatile snack that can help curb hunger. Rice cakes are now available in stores with caramel flavours or with dark chocolate on top. They might be worth a try if they keep you away from the chocolate biscuits?
Smoothies – A tasty smoothie can satisfy your sweet tooth. You don’t have to cram it full of sugary fruit either; a simple apple or banana added to a smoothie with greens is enough to curb your cravings for sugar.
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