I feel as if I’ve resurfaced from a deep ocean and I’m bursting out of the water while flipping my hair in the most exaggerated way possible. Um, why, you may ask? Besides from being overly dramatic, Tuesday proved to be an immensely stressful day, with two exams back to back and a whole lot of jittery stress. Now, I feel so relieved that I passed through the day without any significant breakdowns ha! (Although I did have a mild panic attack at one point, but really, it’s all good!)
Have any of you ever realized how much stress affects your hunger? For some, it makes you want to eat everything sugary and fatty in sight, and for others, just the thought of food makes your stomach turn. I’m definitely the latter. When I am stressed, I can not enjoy food AT. ALL. (which is really quite depressing). I can eat fine the days before exams, but the day of, depending on my stress level, all hunger pangs vanish and I’m just a caffeine induced jittery mess. Not good.
However, while I’m studying, I get so bored and feel the need to snack endlessly. That’s why it’s important for me to try and satisfy the sugary/salty cravings in the healthiest way possible, which is what I usually try to do! I like finding healthier snack options that still taste super good, and the ones I will mention below are oh so very satisfying, trust me!
At the end of last week, I had a little more time on my hands and enjoyed these pancakes; the pumpkin theme is still going strong for me! I found the idea to make these pancakes on Kate’s blog, thedomestikatedlife.com, and they are yummy! However, I added a little sugar to the pancakes, just because I felt they needed an added sweetness factor.
Luckily, over the weekend, I made a batch of overnight pumpkin pie oatmeal for the week. This proved to be immensely helpful, especially the morning of my exams where I just heated this baby up and ran out the door, hot oatmeal in hand. I had to force myself to eat it, thanks to the stress, but I’m sure my body was happy I did.
Tofu scrambles are great ideas for fast lunches; they’re ready in minutes! Plus, they are super tasty and healthy.
The ultimate fast supper, tortellini and store-bought tomato sauce. This is an example of midterm stress taking over, my friends.
A can of tuna and chickpeas, veggies and a basic lemon vinaigrette. Nothing is easier and more satisfying!
A little more time consuming, but satisfying and healthy all the same! I made this over the weekend while I still had extra time on my hands.
Moving on from breakfast and meals, let’s talk about the really exciting stuff; snacking! This is what I’ve been eating lately to beat the hunger pangs (or boredom pangs) and satisfy my sweet tooth or salty needs!
I find myself guilty of making this brownie way more than once in the past week, so it’s a good thing this recipe is a healthy take on the usual brownie in a mug! P.S. I added about a teaspoon of maple syrup more, because it just wasn’t sweet enough for me (I’m starting to think I have a slightly sweeter tooth then most, based on my trend of always adding more sugar in these types of recipes haha).
All the goodness of cookie dough without all the fat? Yes!
These chickpeas are so ridiculously fast to make and SO addicting. I’m really not kidding, it’s like eating salt and vinegar chips, but you can just keep snacking on them endlessly, because they are guilt free!
Have a great rest of the week everyone!
What are your favorite snacks to beat cravings?