We all know the feeling of getting up in the morning, packing your backpack and mentally preparing yourself to spend the next 8 hours (or more) in the library. You make sure you pack your chargers, headphones, coffee, and water. But wait a minute, your body needs food! How annoying of it! You don’t want to have to leave the library to walk to the dining hall in order to eat food. That could take a whole hour out of your study time, and worse, ruin your studying mojo!
So, you pack a snack, but just chips or pretzels won’t be enough to keep you full for a long period of time (and they’re not too healthy either). And protein bars can be crazy expensive for some reason! So, what do you do?! Luckily, in this blog I am going to give you some suggestions for Library Snacks that are filling, healthy, and not too expensive!
Before we start, let me explain that when I look for “filling” snacks and foods, I am looking for foods that are higher in protein because studies show that proteins are the most satiating macronutrients of them all (Morell and Fiszman, 2017). So, below I list 5 snacks that are high in protein, don’t cost too much, and taste pretty darn good too! (I’ve tried them all except the Bada Beans).
o Flavored roasted Chickpeas
o 6g protein
o About $5 a pack (6 servings per pack) at local grocery store or online
o These are my favorite, the Korean BBQ flavor is *mwah!*
o Flavored Crunchy Broad Beans
o 6 or 7g protein depending on flavor
o $25 online for box of 24
o Look for no added sugar or artificial flavors
o Can be anywhere from 10-28g of protein
o Found this one online for $23 for 10, but you may find a cheaper option at your local grocery store or somewhere else!
o Get the ones without lots of chocolate and raisins
o About 8g protein per 2 ounces
o Anywhere from $5-$15 per pack on Amazon or local grocery store
o 13g protein
o $15 per container (over 25 servings) on Amazon
Well there you have it, 5 snack options that are both healthy and more filling than potato chips or pretzels and significantly cheaper than fancy protein bars and shakes. Pick your favorite and order a box now so that the next time you have a long ass study session in the library, you can grab some snacks and go! (Ideas for some of the snacks came from Elliott, 2020)
Elliott, Brianna. “30 High Protein Snacks That Are Healthy and Portable.” Edited by Atli Arnarson , Healthline, Healthline Media, 2 Apr. 2020, www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-high-protein-snacks.
Morell, P., and S. Fiszman.“Revisiting the Role of Protein-Induced Satiation and Satiety.” Food Hydrocolloids, vol. 68, 2017, pp. 199–210.,doi:10.1016/j.foodhyd.2016.08.003.
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