Snacks to Get You Through Finals

Finals week always seems to sneak up on us before we have time to run to the grocery store. Set a reminder on your phone now to run out and grab some rations before the storm hits! Eating habits fall by the wayside while studying, but in order to do well and stay healthy you need to make sure to eat while cramming. Well rounded, filling meals are ideal, but until you have time for a study break here are some snacks to help you fight off the hanger.

Popcorn

It's pretty much impossible to make a bad popcorn combo, but here are our faves.

Combo 1: Melt butter and stir in some Sriracha. Toss with popcorn and enjoy!

Combo 2: If you're more of a sweet person, opt for kettle corn. For added sweetness sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar!

Combo 3: Sprinkle garlic salt and parmesan over your popcorn and pretend you're in Italy eating fresh pasta with garlic!

Dark Chocolate

Enough said. Mini dark chocolate chips are cool because you can spell things out with them while procrastinating! Or if you want to get fancy, try a square or two of a dark chocolate sea salt bar.

Combo 1: Try it with clementines for a fruity chocolatey dream.

Combo 2: Get savory with some sharp cheddar cheese and Topo Chico.

Cottage Cheese + Triscuits

Trust me. For some reason people can be anti-cottage cheese but it is yummy and full of protein! Put a little spoonful on a Triscuit and then season with pepper and garlic salt, or any other seasonings you want. You can also add a cucumber slice to add a cool crunch.

Hummus Wraps

I may have stolen this from my boyfriend, but a good snack is a good snack. 

1. Spread hummus (whichever flavor is your fave) evenly on a tortilla/wrap of your choosing. I always heat my tortilla on the stove first, there's nothing like a warm tortilla to take your stress away.

2. Sprinkle feta cheese on top of the hummus and top with a healthy layer of baby spinach.

3. Roll up your tortilla or wrap and you're ready to devour!

Green Smoothie

Don't be afraid of the green! This is made of yummy filling ingredients to help your brain process the amount of procrastination you've done!

1 ripe banana
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries (or really any berries)
1/4 cup yogurt (I used vanilla but you can use whatever flavor you prefer!)
splash of milk (I used unsweetened coconut but again, any milk works)
1/2 tablespoon peanut butter

Blend it all together until you get your desired consistency, you can add more milk to make it thinner or more berries to thicken it.

Tips: If you want to add some fiber, add a little flaxseed. You can also make it sweeter (and help your allergies) by adding some local honey!

Dried Fruit

Dried fruits are a great thing to have on hand while studying. Watch out for extra sugar, but they can perk you up in no time!

Venus picks: Dried mangos, and these. We swear they taste like cookies.

Hummus and Pretzel Chips

Okay, what isn't good with hummus? Pretzel chips are a great alternative to salty potato chips that will make you groggy. Spice it up a little with sriracha or red pepper hummus.

Babybel

I could probably eat 5 of these without even flinching. Plus you get the added fun of peeling off the wax! They are perfectly portioned so you don't over do it. Plus there are studies linking cheese to mental ability, so maybe a few won't hurt.

Avocado Toast

At this point avocado toast may seem overrated, but trust me it isn't. Slice or mash an avocado, spread it on toast, and season with a little pepper and salt. You can also add red pepper flakes or queso fresco to mix things up.

 

Jordan Joycefood, finals, wellness