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Healthy Study Snacks & Exercises to Help your Kids Study

09 October 2020
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Are your kids knee-deep in assignments and studies? While it might be tempting to give in to the calls for junk food, chips, sweeties and an array of other desperate snack pleads, it is always best to go the healthy route.

Healthy study snacks help to improve concentration so your children can maintain focus, study for longer and retain what they have studied.

Healthy study snacks along with an exercise plan will help your children to feel better about their studies and to achieve their study goals.

Let’s take a look at some healthy study snacks and exercises that will help your children to improve their study focus.

Healthy Study Snacks

1. Frozen Grapes

Healthy study snacks do not need to be complicated; in fact, most of the best study snacks are the simple ones. Place some grapes in a Ziplock bag and pop them in the freezer the night before your child is about to hit the books.

When they’re ready to study, you can take the bag out and offer them a sweet, refreshing healthy study snack. Plus some people say that this tastes similar to frozen yoghurt/ice cream so bonus!

2. Apples and Peanut Butter

If your child loves apples and they love peanut butter then surprise them with this amazingly delicious and healthy study snack! Simply slice up an apple and spread some of their favourite peanut butter on top.

The proteins and the fats work together to improve concentration and also give a nice burst of energy. The saltiness from the peanut butter also helps to tame the sweetness of the apple to create a healthy, balanced taste.

3. Dark Chocolate

If your child is a chocolate-lover (who isn’t?) then it might be difficult to keep their fingers off some chocolate while they are studying. But there is some good news!

Dark chocolate is substantially healthier than its milky counterpart and also helps to improve focus and boost concentration naturally. Chocolate can also improve their mood because numerous natural antioxidants and stimulants that boost the body’s production of endorphins.

Be sure to stock up on some dark chocolate for when those chocolate cravings hit.

4. Stovetop Popcorn

Popcorn is not just ideal for watching movies but also acts as a great concentration stimulant while studying. Unfortunately, store-bought popcorn and microwave popcorn are not always a healthy option.

Instead, it would be better to buy some raw kernels and to pop them yourself on the stovetop. Add some olive oil to the pot, add in the kernels and wait until they have fully popped. Topple them over into a bowl and sprinkle some salt over them.

Voila! You have a healthy popped snack. If your kids would prefer a sweet treat, you can always sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or castor sugar over the top instead of salt.

5. Dried Fruit Pieces

Struggling to get the kids to eat fruit? We have all been there! Fruit is a great study snack because of all the natural sugar it contains. But if the kids will not bite then there is always an alternative: dried fruit pieces.

Whether you get them from the store or dry them yourself, dried fruit pieces are a lot better received amongst children than fruit. You can even chuck in a few nuts and cut-up pieces of dark chocolate to add some additional tasty elements.

Great Study Exercises

We all know that when we’re feeling down or bummed-out, a quick jog or some yoga can help get the mind back on track and balance your emotions.

But does this stand true for studying? And the answer is: yes.

Exercise definitely does help to pump blood to the brain which improves focus and concentration. Some studies even indicate that a quick exercise session after studying can help the brain to retain information.

While other scientists believe that studying while exercising is better than exercising before or after studying.

Here are a few ideas that you can try out with your kids and see what works best for them:

Pre- or Post-Study Workout

As stated above, researchers believe that exercising before studying can boost energy, balance the emotional state and improve concentration levels while exercising after studying can aid retention.

That been said before your child is above to start their study session go for a quick walk/jog/cycle around the block to get the juices flowing. Be sure not to overdo it as you do not want to tire them out!

Once they have completed their study session you can repeat the process.

Otherwise, if you would prefer to remain indoors, there are dozens of exercise tutorials on YouTube for popular floor exercises or, if you have a pool, they can always do a few laps in the pool.

Otherwise, there are alternatives like Zumba, Tae Bo or even something simpler like skipping with a jump rope. Find out what your child prefers and engage with that!

Studying During a Workout

This might be a better strategy for tweens or teens but is definitely one that is worth a try.

Multitasking hasn’t always proven effective but when it comes to studying and exercising at the same time, researchers believe that they have discovered an exception.

Help your child to record their notes on a phone so that they can play it back while exercising. Otherwise, you can always read the notes to them while they are busy with their workout. Engaging in a discussion can also help them to view the information from a different perspective.

It’s also a great option to place the notes on the wall or the top of the treadmill if you have a treadmill at home.

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Hopefully, these healthy study snacks and exercise ideas can help you and your child to survive the test and assignment season that is approaching.

Do you have some healthy study snack ideas or exercise tips that you would like to share? Please do so in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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