For anyone heading into finals over the next few weeks, everything can feel a bit stressful. You may feel like you don’t have the time to do everything you need to do, and when you’re that busy and overwhelmed, meals can get a left behind or can be difficult to fit into your schedule. It’s important to fuel yourself to help your brain work as well as it needs to for finals, so we’re here to show you some ways to prep snacks that you can take with you and eat on the go, wherever you may find yourself during these crazy finals weeks using cashews, dates, coconut and protein Powder!

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1. Cashews

Spicy Golden Turmeric Cashews

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Cashews are a great snack to always have on hand when your life gets busy! They pack a lot of nutrients, some protein, and they’re a satisfying, tasty and crunchy treat to carry in your bag. You can flavor them in many different ways, like spicing it up with these Spicy Golden Turmeric Cashews from Buffy-Ellen Gill that are a little spicy, a little sweet, and wonderfully savory and can be made in a big batch to put in your bag for the week.

For a sweeter option, these on-the-go ready Satay Cashew Balls from Judy Moosmueller that you can prepare ahead of time and take with you will satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way that will help fuel your brain all day. If you’re able to take something cold with you, this Cashew Almond Yogurt is a nutrient-rich and tasty snack that you can keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat, or take it with you in a cold lunchbox! Top it with Slow Cooker Choco’Nutz Granola from Nikki and Zuzana that you can make the night before for some added protein, flavor and crunch.

2. Dates

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Dried fruits are always an easy snack to prepare and take with you, but if you really want the energy that you’re going to need for all day study sessions, you might want to pair them with something else, like nuts in these High-Protein Date and Nut Energy Balls by Julie Zimmer that you’ll find yourself reaching for all week. Take some time on Sunday night to whip up a batch of Sweet Potato Date Muffins from Cora Matheson that you can grab and run with in the morning after you’ve accidentally slept in from studying too late. It’s no reason to miss breakfast!

When you’re busy, bars are your very best friends, but the ones you buy in stores can be full of added stuff you may not want. Dates are a great base for when you make your own big batch to keep you happily snacking all week, like in these Protein Chocolate Granola Bars from Maja Brekalo that have the added benefit of chocolate! If you love the flavor of banana bread, trust us and grab a Banana Bread Energy Bar from Julie Van den Kerchove.

3. Coconut

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Coconut is a great treat with a sweet flavor that is the perfect addition to any energy-boosting snack. It’s important to have a good breakfast to set yourself up for success for the rest of the day, and this Overnight Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pot from Holly Jade is something you can make the night before for a hassle-free morning.


When you’re tired and stressed, you may want junk food and comfort food. With these Healthy ‘Raffaello’ (Coconut-Almond Truffles) from Lucie Javorska, you can satisfy your candy craving without filling up on pure sugar and foods with less nutritional value. If you’re more of a salty crunchy person, try these instead of chips: Coconut Quinoa Granola Clusters from Ashley Smyczek. Prepping these snacks for the week will make sure that you have an option to reach for that will not only taste delicious, but will also provide you with important nutrients to help your brain go.

4. Protein Powder

Vegan Vanilla and Cashew Protein Smoothie fresh blueberries

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A boost of protein is usually much needed when life gets hectic. Plant-based protein powders can be a great addition to your diet when you need some extra energy! This High-Protein Vanilla and Cashew Smoothie from Marie Reginato will give you that boost. You can measure out your ingredients in advance, so you just have to throw them together into a blender for a fresh smoothie whenever you need a pick-me-up!

You may not think that truffles are a healthy snack, but with these Raw Vanilla Protein Truffles from Gemma Gonzalez, they will be! Make a batch and then try not to eat them all right away, save them for when you need a healthy bite. Talk about easy meal prep with these 10-Minute Superfood Protein Bars from Crystal Bonnet that will put any store-bought protein bar to shame! You can even really step up your snack prep game by making Homemade Protein Powder thanks to Sarah and Peter Hagstrom.

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