It’s crunch time! Finals are nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to put your head down and boost your study time. But brains work best when the body has plenty of fuel—and we’re not talking about vending machine snacks.
So here are so easy to make and healthy snacks that will boost your brain power and help you ace those final exams—and are inexpensive and easy to keep in your room. Ready?
An Apple A Day
Apples are a near perfect food. Chock full of vitamins, fiber, and the best kinds of carbs plus delicious to boot, you can’t go wrong with apples. You can find even the fanciest organic apples cheaply this time of year. If you want to add some protein to the mix, slice up your apple and add peanut butter or a nice sharp cheddar. Best of all, apples stay fresh for quite a while, so stock up.
100 calories packed with fiber and potassium, bananas are another great superfood. They are also handy to keep in your room because they come in a their own handy wrapper. Eat ’em plain, or add to cereal, or even a sandwich with peanut butter. Even when you aren’t studying, bananas are a must-have. Freeze them for a cool treat!
Try this tip for when you’re craving carbs like potato chips: eat carrots instead! They also offer the same satisfying crunch, and you can even go a step further and enjoy it with a greek yogurt dip (which is packed with protein) or some hummus. Far better for you than fat-laden chips and dip!
Gotta Have Granola
The mix of nuts, oats, and flavor makes granola ideal for snacking during studying. You can eat it alone, mix it with yogurt, or add milk to make it cereal. There are a few varieties you can find that include treats like dark chocolate chips, another healthy addition! Added bonus: granola is a great breakfast if you pull an all-nighter.
Take a Coffee Break
Of course you need caffeine when you’re studying. But instead of grabbing an energy drink, you might want to go old school and have coffee instead. It turns out that drinking coffee (in reasonable amounts, of course) actually has some pretty terrific health benefits, like protection from diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even Parkinson’s disease. Plus we all know we function better after having a cup.
Toast Your Avocados
Avocado toast is a nutritional power punch! It’s easy to make—just smash an avocado on some delicious whole grain bread, and add some salt/pepper to season it and BOOM, you’re done. There’s protein and fiber in the bread, and avocados are one of the healthiest fruits around (yes, they are a fruit) chock full of good fats and vitamins.
Treat Yourself (Within Reason)
Look, eating healthy snacks for studying is the smart choice, but we all know sometimes you just crave something carb-laden, particularly when you aren’t getting enough sleep as you squeeze all the study hours you can get out of the week before finals. So while all of the above snacks are the smart way to go, it’s still okay to have the occasional donut or slice of pizza too. Just don’t go overboard and end up with a carb hangover that makes you slow on test day!
Good luck with your finals!