Stressed out about finals? I think I know something that can help make your experience a little easier. With final exams coming up around the corner, I thought I’d share some tips on how to eat healthy during this stressful time. For me, it’s always hard to eat anything healthy when I’m in the library all day and studying until 3 am. I know it’s much easier and convenient to simply order a pizza, but eating a balanced diet during this stressful time will actually help you study and and get better grades. In addition, you will not feel bad about yourself after you eat these snacks. Follow these tips for an easier and healthier road to finals. Another added bonus? These foods and tips will help you stay alert and focused while studying.
1.) Make sure you don’t skip meals! I know you’ve all heard this, but it is extremely unhealthy to skip meals. When you skip a meal your body does two things: 1.) It reduces your metabolism, which causes your body to slow down and then transform the next meal you eat into almost all fat. 2.) Skipping a meal just leaves you hungry and can add to your weight gain over time.
2.) Load up on fruits and veggies for your “munchies.” Even though it’s easy to grab M&Ms or a bag of chips from the vending machine (especially late at night) when you just need something small, try your hardest not to fall into this habit. Instead of choosing candy or chips, bring an apple with you or even carrots and ranch. Most of the time, I’m not even hungry during the late hours of the night, I just want something to munch on and keep myself busy. Another good idea for a healthy snack is Greek yogurt with granola, bananas or a granola bar. All of these snacks are filling and will satisfy your craving to “munch.”
3.) Eat a healthy breakfast and make sure it’s sufficient and filling! According to Sharon Palmer, the author of The Plant-Powered Diet, walnuts and berries will help your brain focus.
4.) Don’t forget to drink water. Steer clear of energy drinks or excessive amounts of drinks with caffeine These sugary drinks may help you stay awake, but they’re very bad for you and can do a lot of damage in the long run.
5.) Check out pinterest for healthy snack and meal ideas! It sounds silly, but I did this last semester before finals and the website provided me with so many delicious and healthy food ideas. It’s hard when you’re so busy, but sometimes cooking or creating the food is a good study break and gives you something fun to do for an hour or so.
I hope these tips help you get through your finals week! Do you have any suggestions for eating healthier during finals week? If so, what are they? Feel free to share ideas–I’m always looking for new ones.