We all know that when it comes to finals season, chugging insane amounts of caffeine and craving everything salty and/or sweet under the sun pretty much defines a college student’s lifestyle. Sure, you could say that caffeine and carbs are already staples of college students’ diets, but when it comes to finals, it’s even more important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. According to Snacknation.com and NAU Canada Online, some of the best choices for study snacks include almonds, dark chocolate, air-popped popcorn, frozen grapes, fruit salad, veggies and hummus, apples with nut butter, and smoothies. In preparation for finals time, I’ve compiled a list of some easy recipes for study snacks that’ll be sure to keep you focused and your stomach satisfied. I am not a nutritionist, so don't think that these snacks are the end-all-be-all; I'm just trying to offer up some suggestions!
For when you’re craving something salty, try:
Who said veggies had to be boring? Try flavoring some vegetables with a sprinkle of seasoning to satisfy your salt craving. However, too much salt in one sitting can lead to effects like bloating and dehydration, so be cautious of how much sodium you take in!
For when you have a sweet tooth, try:
Fruits and dark chocolate are the best way to go when it comes to satisfying a sweet tooth craving when studying. Too much sugar can lead to a energy crash later on!
And for when you want a drink, I recommend a smoothie!
Find some fun recipes and ingredient combinations here:
Also, I’d just like to add that most of these recipes are nut-free or offer nut butter substitutes because I myself am allergic to tree nuts. Alternatives to nut butters can include sunflower seed butter, tahini, and soynut butter. However, in conclusion, these recipes are pretty hassle free and can be done in a pinch, even made before a big night of studying. Whether you’re studying by yourself or with a group of pals, I hope you try out some of these snacks this finals season, and I wish you the best of luck on all your assignments!