Finals and the Inevitable Snacking

FINALS AND THE INEVITABLE SNACKING

By: Hailey Schminke, Culinary Corner Instructor

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With finals right around the corner, it is important to start thinking about how to prepare for the dreadful amount of stressful days and sleepless nights in your near future.  Every college student knows that it is almost impossible to stay awake to study for finals without shoving your face with food, or for me even worse, procrastinate studying by stuffing my face.  However, the late night munchies don’t have to be a bad thing!  Your brain does need food, but the types of food you choose can really affect your studying, and even how you feel during the time of your tests.  So why not make a healthy study snack that will keep you energized and feeling full so you don’t keep snacking?!  Here are some helpful hints to curb your cravings for salty and sugary sweets during finals:

  • Eat a bowl of oatmeal, or something that contains oats. Oats take a while to digest, so they keep you feeling fuller longer. They also contain a lot of good carbohydrates to keep you energized!
  • Grab something crunchy…like carrots, apples, or nuts! Giving yourself something crunchy helps create more satiety when eating, and help you stop snacking sooner!
  • Put protein into your snacks.  For example add peanut butter to your apple.  Protein helps your body feel fuller for longer, which can also help omit some late night snacking!
  • Try snacking on healthy foods every few hours, instead of overeating large meals.  Snacking will keep your metabolism going and keep you feeling energized without having the over-filling “post Thanksgiving day” feeling!

When I study, my favorite thing to munch on is carrots and salsa! I know it sounds like a weird combination, but it has a great crunch from the carrots and is a lot better than crunchin’ on chips!  Little packs of baby carrots are great to keep in my refrigerator so I can just throw a perfectly portioned snack in my backpack when I’m on my way to the library to study!  I also always keep a pack of gum in my backpack to keep me chewing on something!  It’s a great way to satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard on calories.

Studying for finals doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt.  Eating healthier choices for snacks can actually improve your mood while studying, and prevent you from the sugar crash that comes after consuming candies and energy drinks!  Nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains can help you feel better while taking your tests; unlike feeling sluggish after a night of eating processed junk foods.  Stay energized, keep munchin’, and snack healthy!

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Posted on May 2, 2014, in Nutrition/Culinary Corner and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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