Healthy Snacks to Help You Power Through Finals
As every UChicago student knows, finals week can be not only extremely hectic, but also damaging to one’s health. Trying to recall an entire quarter’s worth of information in a few days is taxing, to say the least. That said, keeping a balanced and nutritious diet is essential to maintaining your physical health and can also enhance brain function, control stress, and increase productivity! Here are eight easy and healthy snack ideas to fuel your mind and keep you on track for that ~summer bod.
1. Oatmeal: Low in calories and high in fiber, protein, and necessary minerals, it doesn’t get any easier than whipping up a bowl of oatmeal. Add a dollop of almond butter with one cup of cooked oatmeal in order to boost protein and feel fuller for longer.
2. Carrots: Carrots are very inexpensive and packed with nutrients to keep you on top of your game.
3. Radishes: Raw radishes are one of my go-to snacks. They are juicy, powerful in taste, and actually helps to cleanse your liver and stomach. They can also help you stay calm and keep you from catching your roommate’s sickness since they contain potassium that lowers blood pressure and high vitamin C content that improves the immune system.
4. Dark chocolate-covered bananas: Try dipping your banana in melted chocolate for a pick-me-up treat. Bananas contain 10 milligrams of dopamine, which will boost your mood, and dark chocolate is also known to boost serotonin in your brain.
5. Apples with peanut butter: This classic is high in fiber and protein, and packed with taste in every bite. Another variation is wrapping apple slices in turkey or ham, a combo that is sure to satisfy your hunger and boost your energy levels.
6. Homemade trail mix: Avoid the sugary grocery store mixes and make your own! Try mixing nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc.), fruits, and flax or sunflower seeds and gogi berries.
7. Greek Yogurt: A cup of full-fat Greek yogurt is a fantastic standalone stack. It is well-rounded nutritionally, with a substantial dose of protein and fat that will help keep you satisfied. I personally enjoy it plain, but feel free to add hemp seeds, cinnamon, and raw honey to add a pop of flavor.
8. Banana Ice Cream: When you are craving ice cream or those sugary Bartlett popsicles, try slicing and freezing some bananas and then putting them in your blender until they create a frosty, creamy puree. This is a refreshing and healthier alternative to classic ice cream that can cure any sweet tooth!
Happy studying and snacking, and best of luck with finals!
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