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Published: 31 August 2020

Frozen yoghurt blueberries

You can work as hard as you want at university, but without the right fuel, you’re not going to get far. Your brain and body need nutrition to be at their best. That’s even more important when you’re studying.

You need a balance of things like omega-3 (found in lots of fish), B vitamins (eggs, grains and meat etc) and antioxidants (like berries, kale and beans). All of these are linked to brain growth and adding them to your diet can improve your long-term health.

Check out our list of the best snacks for studying you can make at home and eat throughout the day while you’re studying.

Salt and chilli edamame beans

These are really easy to make. Just boil frozen edamame beans and sprinkle with salt and chilli flakes. Edamame beans are one of the few great sources of omega-3 not found in fish, so vegetarians and vegans can enjoy these too.


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Cinnamon and honey roasted walnuts

Walnuts are so good for your brain, they even look a little like them! Try mixing honey and cinnamon together and dipping your walnuts in them before putting them in the oven. 

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Frozen yoghurt-covered berries

Blueberries are one of the more well-known ‘superfoods’ (as in, very good for you!). They’re filled with antioxidants which help stop cell damage. Dip each blueberry in yoghurt and leave in the freezer on a baking tray.

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Frozen yoghurt blueberries

Hummus with veggie sticks

This is a really simple snack that’s easy to make and always delicious. Like blueberries, hummus has loads of antioxidants. Just cut up some carrot sticks and celery and just dip away.

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Hummus and carrots

Avocado toast

An always-popular food often seen at brunches. Avocados have lots of fibre for digestion and can help lower your cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. Eggs are filled with B-vitamins. Just mash the avocado on to your toast, place the egg on top, and feel the benefits.

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Avocado and poached egg toast

However hard you’re working, it’s important to eat healthily along the way. Try out a few of the recipes above and share some of your favourites with us. Get in touch with the University of Sunderland in London on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #WeAreSunLon.