Midterms are undeniably stressful for college students, and they often entail a time of year when healthy choices are abandoned for an abundance of sugar and caffeine. With a little planning, you can do yourself a favor by providing your brain and body with the fuel they need. Check out these healthy, tasty and energizing snacks that will help you ace your next exam.
Hummus and Veggies
Hummus, which is made from chickpeas, is a satisfying dip that is also high in protein. Protein-rich foods will keep you feeling full and will allow you to focus on your studies rather than your grumbling stomach. Sabra makes single-serve hummus cups that can be thrown into your bag along with some veggies like celery and carrots for a crunchy, on-the-go pick me up.
Commonly touted as a superfood, almonds are a small snack that pack a big nutritional punch. Almonds provide protein and are also high in heart-healthy fats and fiber. Make sure to ration out single servings ahead of time, or buy pre-portioned almonds, as nuts are high in calories and it is easy to mindlessly eat handful after handful as you study.
Greek yogurt is a popular craze that is worth all the hype. With about twice as much protein as regular yogurt, it is a quick, easy snack that comes in many brands and flavors. It is impossible to get bored of a flavor. For a more substantial snack, or even for breakfast as you head out the door, try pairing Greek yogurt with a handful of granola and a banana.
If you like to graze while you study, try opting for low-fat popcorn rather than potato chips. The fluffiness of popcorn increases its volume, meaning you can eat more of it. It is also a good source of whole grain and fiber.
There are many varieties of granola bars on the market that offer enough protein to serve as a filling snack that is convenient to eat on the run. Just be sure to check the nutrition facts for the sugar content, as many granola bars are more like candy bars in disguise.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 11 print edition. Rebecca Riddle is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.