Healthy survival foods are more necessary than ever when you’re facing deadlines and exam season.
When battling deadlines and exam period approaches, I stress out like it’s the end of the world. I panic (having a mini-heart attack) and my best friend finds me so annoying that she just completely ignores me!
To de-stress, I munch on anything edible—which means crunching on those ever-so-yummy potato chips (sour cream and onion flavoured are my favourite – nom nom nom!). Chocolate is another craving I find hard to deny myself.
But BEWARE my comrades; these foods snacks do us more harm than good.
• Energy Level
Eating to maintain your energy sounds like a logically sound idea, but it is not. Sugary foods, for example, are great to give you an immediate energy boost that can last from thirty minutes to an hour, but will make your body crash once the effect wears off.
• Lack of nutritional benefits
Overloading your body with sugar and fats is never a good idea, unless you plan to hibernate throughout the winter. It can easily lead to health problems such as cardiac diseases and diabetes.
• Pimples, pimples, pimples!
What better reward than a big, swollen pimple after meeting a deadline? Unhealthy foods, especially potato chips, often lead to bad skin days for both genders.
Your refrigerator is the Key to Snacking Healthily
Trust me, this (your refrigerator) is your new best friend in desperate times.
It keeps food items fresh and edible especially in your hour of need.
It saves time, money, and provides healthier options when you need to munch.
This is my refrigerator! Stocking and organizing your refrigerator is tough, but there are food items I must always have in my refrigerator: my healthy staple snacks.
1. Baby Carrots
These cute, orange, crunchy root vegetables make excellent snacks. They give that satisfying crunch of potato chips. The fact that they’re also high in vitamin A is a bonus! Vitamin A helps keep skin healthy (which means fewer pimples), assists with vision in dim light and is needed for new cell growth.
Cucumbers are easy snacks with a preparation time averaging thirty seconds. I munch them when I stay up all night; they help me stay awake and keep my breath from smelling funky. Cucumbers help keep your body hydrated and are also a handy source of vitamin B!
They are fantastic when I have a craving for something sweet and am trying to avoid sugary candies and chocolate bars. Filling, yummy snacks, they are good sources of fibre and vitamin C.
4. Salad dressing
This is a guilty, less healthy, staple food item I cannot do without. It is great when you desire something savoury in the middle of the night. I usually limit myself to two tablespoons of salad dressing. Then again, there are always healthier salad dressings readily available in the markets that are just as yummy.
5. High-fibre wheat biscuits
These are delightful when paired with exam preparation notes; the rhythmic crunch helps me get my memory working. They are also packed with fibre that helps digestion.
• Freeze fruits such as blueberries in small zip-lock bags; they are yummy, nutritious, and perfect during the summer.
• Prepare and separate food into portions ahead of time. Doing so enables you to get a proper meal ready in less than thirty minutes. You don’t have to skip a meal!
• Make your own fruit juice! It will be delicious and nutritious without the ‘bad stuff’ such as artificial sweeteners. Try: blending frozen fruit slices for a fruit smoothie!