Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Healthy Revision Snacking

My final year of university has now finally come to an end meaning that I've now been left with this strange mixture of immense relief, and a heap of excitement of what the next few months will bring including working on a children's camp in America and starting my job!

Whilst I was lucky to be one of the fortunate few who's exam timetable meant that I've finished already, I know there are a lot of you who are still suffering with exam revision and assignment deadlines. Boredom eating was (and occasionally still is) a pretty major vice for me, and getting on a role with whichever topic I am studying means that meal times can often go out of the window as I tend to graze throughout the day instead. This means that I had to make sure that I had plenty of healthy snacks around me to limit the damage from craving snacks as well as ensuring that I still get all the nutrients that I need.
The biggest thing that I learnt was to make sure that I would measure out portions at the beginning of the day. I'm not going to lie to you guys, at the end of March/beginning of April I did start to put a fair bit of weight back on. I would put a bag of nuts or a whole punnet of grapes or whatever on the table with me when I started revising, and within two or so hours the entire thing would be gone without me even realising! So I started putting grapes into a bowl, buying small pots of houmous instead of big ones and basically making sure I only take what I actually want to eat.

So what have been my go-to snacks to get me through those long days of staring at screens and scrawling notes?

Fruit & Veg has been a big one. Celery or carrot with different flavoured houmous dips to spice things up a little, grapes and slices of apple with a serving of peanut butter - HEAVEN.
I've also been stocking up on healthy snack bars such as Nature Valley's new protein bars which have been an absolute saviour for when I've needed a slightly sweeter treat without jeopardising my healthy eating. Packed with nuts, seeds and wholegrain oats, I've been munching on the Peanut & Chocolate and Roasted Peanuts with Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds to get a boost of protein and keep
my hunger pangs at bay and to satisfy my sweet tooth!
If I need a slightly bigger protein hit or don't feel like eating I've also been reaching for protein shakes - especially MyProtein's Pineapple-flavoured Impact Whey which is literally like drinking a Pina Colada. Yum!

What snacks have you been munching on to get you through these last few weeks of school or university? Post them in the comments below! :)

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