study snack: chai-chia oats

9 Apr

The word of the day today: unkempt.


oh hi… given the bags under my eyes I really cannot believe I’m posting this picture on the internet…

Let’s just say I have a million and one parts of the brain to memorize by Monday… And ironically, my brain doesn’t seem to want to function. I’m peeking out from behind my neuropsych textbook to show you the anatomy of a successful (well, kind of) study session.

Ordinarily, my dear friend coffee would make a prominent appearance. But I have given him up for a little while… We needed some space. Instead, I’m stayin’ hydrated!

With plain old water and also Hansen’s Fruit Drink Stix. I know it’s not the best thing in the world, but it’s better than diet soda, sweetened with stevia, and it makes my Mickey cup look even cooler.

I got this for free when I pre-ordered Tangled… You’re jealous, don’t lie.

Of course I’m also eating a ridiculous amount of carrots, because that’s what I do when I’m stressed.

Here’s the overall spread…

However, as much as I love carrots, they don’t tend to satisfy me for the long term. So I broke out my oatmeal bowl for something comforting that would keep me full for more than five minutes. I also decided to take this opportunity to try out something new: CHIA SEEDS! I realize these are usually used in overnight oats, but I wanted oats now. I’m a little instant gratification. I’m sorry.

I made this bowl of goodness with left-over chai tea instead of water, to make chai-chia oats (say that five times fast…)

Chai-Chia Oats

1/3 cup oats
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
~3/4 cup pre-brewed chai tea
1 packet stevia
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Combine all ingredients except protein powder and microwave for about 1:45.  Stir and let sit for a few minutes, preferably covered. Add more water to thin as necessary. Microwave for about another minute, then stir in protein powder. Add peanut butter on top if you desire (I used my new bff, Peanut Butter & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. Holy yum.) Voila! Delicious, spicy, healthy oats.

I liked the little bits of crunch the chia seeds provided as well as the added thickness… Definitely need to get on that overnight oats bandwagon in the near future.

Now that my belly is full I have no excuse… back to the books for me! (brainstem, brainstem!)

What are your favorite study snacks?

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24 Responses to “study snack: chai-chia oats”

  1. hippierunner April 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Good luck with the studying! My fave study snack is a mix of dried apricots and nuts. I like to munch on things like a squirrel lol.

  2. Ellie April 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    hang in there nicole! omgsh haha we’re kinda feeling the same thing right now I guess! I’m trying to get studying done and all–but have no idea how to do these assignments lol. take care of yourself even though you’re busy! :D

  3. movesnmunchies April 10, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    YUCK! all that studdying does not sound fun! nuts are a great study snack since you can pop em in your mouth!.. i LOVE chias in overnight oats– major plumpage!

  4. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 10, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    I like the addition of chai tea in your oats! I put chia seeds in my hot oatmeal (the morning that I make it); I think it tastes just as good (and is just as good for me?)!

  5. Kimberley April 10, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    I usually spend about 70% of my time “studying” in the kitchen– hey studying gets boring fast! I probably come up with my best snacks at this time ha ha

  6. Vivianne April 10, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    My favorite study snacks are raisins! I eat handfuls of them everyday. I also will never turn down a good ol’ apple & PB ;)

    Also, what kind of camera do you use? I love your pictures! :)

  7. thefitacademic April 10, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I love adding chia seeds to oats, too! so filling!

  8. Jenny April 10, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Seems like we have the same BFF, I use it like crack on my oats every morning lol Good luck with the studying! I remember how much I hated anatomy, I’d try looking at myself and pointing parts out. Wasn’t too resourceful =/

  9. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) April 10, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Ok, you got me… I AM jealous of that cup!!! :)

    You don’t look unkept girl!! Just plain gorgeous! :D And those oats look so yummy!! I LOVE chai!

    I hope all the studying goes well! That is a lot to remember, but I know you can do it!

    And guess what?? I have cookie dough in my fridge!!! Yep, I’m making your incredible chocolate-pb-cookie dough balls! I got a craving to make some cookies, and so I immediately went straight to your blog!

    <3 <3

  10. moveovercelery April 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Yum! I’ve never had chia seeds. Everyone uses them though!

    Love that you pre-ordered Tangled! I’m convinced I’m a secretly a Disney princess. :)

    Dark chocolate gets me through deep study sessions!

  11. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Good luck on the studying! I love snacking on carrots while I study… the crunch actually keeps me awake haha.

    Ok, I just have to say that I have that same pencil – and love it! ;)

  12. Mandi April 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    I love using chai tea in oats! I was doing it last summer but then we ran out of tea and haven’t bought it since. This needs to change. I don’t actually think I have any particular snacks I like to eat with studying. Or at least nothing that I wouldn’t normally eat. Although I do love sipping on the unsweetened iced green tea from Starbucks. :)

  13. Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Ugh, I hate studying… which is what I should be doing right now :) I usually pop open a huge container of strawberries and nibble away!

  14. Jess@HealthyExposures April 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    i love snacking on carrots, too! usually because i’m not actually hungry, i just want a break from work, haha. the chai chia oats look like they do the trick too, though :P

  15. keepnthefaith April 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Mmm so you snack on carrots when your stressed and I snack on ice cream. We are quite the pair ;)

  16. Ma Ma Megan April 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Those oats look so freaking good. I have to put chai tea in my oats soon :)

  17. Jess April 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    i just bought some chia seeds!! :D

  18. Tara April 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I love using tea to flavor my oats. I actually like to break open the bag and add it to the mix.
    My favorite study snacks are popcorn, rice cakes with hummus, and rice cakes with nut butter and yogurt. I like the crunchy stuff!

  19. kissmybroccoli April 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    You poor thing! Good luck on the studing! Brainstem, brainstem! Haha!

    Guess what! I just picked up some chai tea yesterday! I may have to whip up a bowl of CC oats this week! And oh.my.gosh, is that cinnamon raisin swirl not the best ever?! Lurve it!

  20. The Teenage Taste April 11, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    When I’m studying I always snack on dry cereal, popcorn, or fresh fruit. In other words, I’m a carbaholic when I’m studying! :-P

  21. Susan April 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    I totally get the snack obsession that comes with studying. My theory is that our brains need a lot of energy to work that hard! I am a huge snacker – raw tofu and tempeh, apples, carrots with peanut butter, sandwiches and big ol’ salads are my favorites!

  22. missymiller April 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    We can be twins with the bags under the eyes. It’s totally fine.

  23. Jenn @ Peas & Crayons April 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I need to start stress eating carrots… b/c then i’ll be tan

    orange. but tan =) hahaha! <3 luff you!

  24. Emilia April 12, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Yum! I love simmering my oatmeal in teabags. The taste is phenomenal, esp when you like the tea a lot :) xx

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