You’ve finally prepared yourself for the rocky climb ahead… AKA, your trip to the campus library. You have packed enough books in your backpack to fuel a fire for two consecutive nights, your laptop, a few tissues for your tears, maybe some comfy clothes, and last but not least, some focus snacks. In the thick of studying and juggling busy schedules, it’s important to keep your body fueled to perform well!
Celebrate Snack Month by ditching the late night library campouts powered by candy, chips and soda and go for these nutritious options instead:
- Pita Bread and Guacamole
Did you know that eating avocado could actually help your brain get more oxygen? Guacamole has useful fatty acids in the form of omega-3s which improve memory and concentration. Whole grains in whole-wheat pita bread also help keep you full and alert.
- Green Tea and Peppermint Tea
Keep your water bottle filled with either of these flavorful teas! Research has shown that the flavonoids found in green tea help enhance brain function. Peppermint tea might not only help with the mid-day fog, it may also alleviate some of your test anxiety.
- Citrus Fruits (Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruit)
Pack some clementines in your bag or add flavor to your water with a few lemon slices. The Vitamin C in citrus fruits can help boost mental clarity and improve your overall mood. Not to mention that the smell of orange peels can actually help you wake up!
- Peanut Butter and Apple Slices
Although apples don’t contain caffeine, they supply lots of energy to keep you feeling fueled and full while you cram, particularly when you pair them with a protein. Add peanut butter as a great option for packing in the protein and healthy fat to stay focused.
- Dark Chocolate
Try some mouthwatering dark chocolate-covered almonds or berries! Dark chocolate also has beneficial flavonoids to keep your brain functioning in full force while you hit the books. Almonds contain high amounts of calcium and protein that help with memory, and berries have been proven to improve your focus.
- Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach, broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts are only a handful of veggies that can help supply your diet with folic acid and vitamin E, a combination that has been proven to improve mental clearness, to keep you feeling your best! Try pairing your favorite dark green vegetable with hummus, yogurt dip, or salad dressing to spice things up, or perhaps try making a green smoothie.
There you have it, ladies and gents. Eat up, keep focused, and do your best! Make sure to keep these delicious snacks handy for your late night study sessions or any time you seriously need to focus. Best of luck and study on!
Jackie Parker is currently a junior nutritional sciences student on the dietetics track at Texas A&M University.