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Fuel for Finals: Super Foods

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Everyone is over caffeinated, sleep-deprived, and ready for break.  Unfortunately break is still a week away and finals just around the corner. This is not the time to give up!

As studying replaces sleep and gulps of coffee replace water, you may notice some changes.  Your reading assignment takes longer, you start to get the sniffles, or the vocab you just studied for hours can’t be recalled.  These symptoms are a sure sign of your body shutting down. This is the last thing we want to happen during the most crucial weeks of the semester.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Through a three part blog series we will show you how to keep your body healthy, happy and ready for finals week.

First, let’s look at some super snacks that will get you through late night study sessions…

  1. Cucumber Sandwiches

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A great way for you to get that cracker crunch without the carbs and crumbs- Put cheese, ham, or any number of protein packed foods in between.

  1. Spicy Popcorn

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Wake up your taste buds and brain with some spicy Sriracha sauce on your popcorn.  It’s easy to make and portable!

  1. Toasted Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin seeds are loaded with Zinc which helps with memory- lengthy vocab sheets will no longer be a problem!

  1. Hummus and Veggies

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Hummus is filled with protein to give you power while veggies keep your immune system happy- it’s easy to take with you as well!

  1. Yogurt Covered Blueberries

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When you’re craving sweets just coat blueberries with some Greek yogurt and freeze!

  1. Avocado Toast

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This a great starter snack- Mash up some avocados on whole wheat toast with olive oil drizzle for an immediate energy boost!

  1. Fish

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The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish have been proven to increase neural functions in the brain.  Fry up some salmon for dinner before tackling the rest of your studying.

  1. Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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So you’re craving a dessert?  Glaze your favorite fruit with the darkest chocolate you can find.  The darker it is the more blood flow it allows to the brain.

  1. Chili

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The best thing about chili is the short prep with a 2 hour simmer. Use the 2 hours to study while you wait for your delicious meal.

  1. Water

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Water is extremely important, but more often replaced. Take a water bottle with you at all times. You’ll notice yourself unconsciously drinking more.

The most important thing to remember these next few weeks is to eat.  Five to seven small meals a day will significantly increase your brain power. We all get busy, but remembering to eat healthy and filling foods could be the difference between an ‘A’ and a ‘C’.  So go on and eat your way to those awesome grades!

*Look out for Part 2: Snacks for Sleep in our Fuel for Finals series!