I find taking regular breaks when studying helps to keep me focused and reduces fatigue. Staring at a screen or textbook for hours on end is counterproductive and unrealistic, so I tend to enjoy studying in intervals of 60 -90 minutes before I will wander off and make a cuppa. If I spend less time focused than this, I end up feeling like I haven’t achieved much in the way of notetaking or activities, but it is important to note that everyone is different and some may find breaks every 20 – 30 minutes, or using the pomodoro method, more beneficial, finding a study routine that works for yourself as an individual is key to productivity and achievement.
I try to keep snacks to breaks or I end up eating without thinking and before I know it most of the biscuit packet it empty (ooops). I do try to be careful with what I eat nowadays as I have food sensitivities, and suffer headaches and fatigue when I eat certain foods and so try to eat more healthily.
These fruit bars are so yummy and easy to produce making them a perfect study snack, dates are nutritious, high in fibre and antioxidants. I have roughly experimented with ingredients and amounts finding the amounts below turn out just right for my tastes. What makes them great is that you can adjust the ingredients, dried fruit type etc to suit tastes and cupboard stock. You could try substituting the cashew nuts for more dried fruit if you have allergies and see how they turn out.
- 250g Dates
- 150g Cashew Nuts
- 90g Raisins
- 10g Dried Cranberries
- 1 tsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1-2 tbsp water
Blitz it all up in a food processor adding the liquid ingredients last, pop it into a food bag squishing into a ball and then pressing flat. Transfer to the refrigerator for 45 minutes to an hour, then cut into rectangles and transfer to a food safe tub. I keep them in the fridge to keep them cold and the kids love them too – bonus!
Which healthy or unhealthy snacks do you find essential to your study productivity?!