Eating as a student is way more exciting than just sausages, mince and 2 minute noodles (which by the way stay in your stomach for ages still intact since they can’t be broken down by the stomach acid). You just have to prioritise health and delicious food above a few other things.
Some fruits and veges contain fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K that are better absorbed and used by the body when they are eaten with fats. This just means that you should eat a carrot with a fat source such as tahini (sesame seed paste), nut butter, butter or an avocado. Carrots are a source of vitamin A and have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that slow down the ageing process. Egg yolks, dark leafy green veges, tomatoes and orange and yellow fruits and veges also have vitamin A in them.
In between lectures, labs, studying, doing some exercise and socialising, it is easy to get so hungry that you become ‘hangry’ (hungry and angry). Here are a few snack ideas so that you are prepared for the potential ‘danger zone’:
- Smoothie bowl with toppings
- Carrot and celery sticks with peanut butter
- Fruit – eat it with healthy fats and protein to help you feel fuller
- Bliss balls – see below
- A boiled egg
- Rice cakes with pesto/ hummus and avocado – it’s so easy to make your own dips
- A few squares of at least 85% dark chocolate
- Miso soup
- Green smoothie
- Healthy hot chocolate – add good quality cocoa powder/ cacao powder and maple syrup/ rice malt syrup to milk of your choice
- Mixed nuts and seeds
- An omelette packed with grated/ leftover veges
- A spoonful of coconut oil mixed with some cacao/ carob powder
- Frozen banana ‘nice cream’
- Tamari pumpkin seeds – see below
- Unsweetened yoghurt with cinnamon and granola
- Banana oat pancakes
Easy Bliss Balls
This is also such an easy recipe to ‘freestyle’ even if you love following a recipe like me. You can just use whatever is in your pantry and feel free to mix and match from any/ all of the following:
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp sweetener such as maple syrup or rice malt syrup
- 2/3 cup peanut butter or any nut butter
- 3 Tbsp of water
Just throw all of your ingredients into your food processor and pulse the mixture until it is evenly incorporated, scraping the sides down a few times. Don’t worry if it looks too wet because you just roll the balls in desiccated coconut or cocoa powder and they harden up in the freezer quite a lot. Try not to eat most of the mixture before you take it out of the blender like I am commonly guilty of! They are so delish!
Tamari Pumpkin Seeds
At first, the thought of eating seeds for a snack may seem unappealing, but when you put 5 minutes of effort into them they are so addictive! These tamari pumpkin seeds are such a crowd-pleaser, and they’re healthy too! This recipe is so simple and can be easily scaled up for entertaining. You can find tamari in most supermarkets – it’s just a gluten free soy sauce so regular soy sauce would also work. Experiment with this recipe using different sorts of nuts and seeds, such as almonds and sunflower seeds.
- Heat a small frying pan over a low to medium heat
- Add the pumpkin seeds to the pan without oil. I use a 100 g packet. Every so often give the seeds a stir with a wooden spoon and constantly keep an eye on them.
- After a couple of minutes the seeds will swell a bit and turn slightly brown. Turn off the heat and take it off the element.
- Quickly add about a tablespoon of tamari into the dry pan and it will start to sizzle. Stir briefly until all of the liquid has disappeared. Leave to cool.