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Surviving finals week: a comprehensive guide to snacks

As I prepare to tackle my first round of finals as a university student, the right snacks seem to be a significant factor in studying successfully. Late night study sessions would be incomplete without small bites to keep up your energy. However, grabbing a bag of Doritos, ordering a large pizza or munching on mint M&M’s may not be the best choice. Not only can these foods negatively affect your body, but the large amounts of fat and sugar slow you down mentally. Since coming down with a case of food-induced narcolepsy on top of your chemistry book is the opposite of productive, try these delicious, easy and healthy snacks this week instead of visiting the vending machine.

Hummus with Veggies

Mama always said to eat your vegetables. While ranch dressing makes icky green things bearable, you can also dip cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes or other vegetables in hummus for a fresh, tasty snack in between study sessions. Add pita chips if you are craving something salty.

Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter, Raisins and Chocolate Chips

Take this protein-packed snack to the next level by studding peanut butter-slathered apple slices with raisins and chocolate chips.

Yogurt Parfait with Tangerines and Granola

Tangy plain yogurt with sweet, juicy fresh fruit is a refreshing treat after you peel yourself off of a library chair. Add granola for a delightful crunch.

English Muffin Tuna Melt

An essential part of a healthy diet, omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna may reduce symptoms of depression and ADHD. Chase away the finals week blues and improve your focus by chowing down on an English muffin topped with tuna and melted cheese.

Puppy Chow

It may not be healthy, but it has peanut butter and chocolate and easily travels to the study spot of your choice. Boost your energy, and possibly your will to carry on, with this childhood party snack.

Puppy Chow
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 box corn, rice, or wheat Chex cereal
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In a saucepan, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter on medium-low heat, stirring constantly. You can also use the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until melted. Pour the Chex cereal into a large bowl and stir in the melted chocolate mixture. Add the powdered sugar and stir until the cereal is completely coated.


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