How to Avoid the Midterm Munchies

Posted: October 4, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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As the daunting week of midterms quickly approaches us, we are all coming to terms with the fact that we will be camping out in club bird. For the next week, most of us will find ourselves cracking open our textbooks we have been using as coasters for our weekend beverages. Between your weekday hook-ups and weekend blackout fests, who has the time to think about studying or eating a decent, healthy meal? We all know that bird café has the best 700-calorie packed bagels and an assortment of the best chips around, but they are actually opposite of what your brain really needs during this time of the year.

Instead of filling up on empty calories that will only make you hungry 10 minutes later, you should be filling up on protein, fiber and healthy fats. These nutrients will help give you a great energy boost and will keep your dirty little fingers away from those bagels and bags of chips.

If you have been sleeping through your nutrition classes or have been oblivious to the idea of healthy foods, then below are the best foods for you to be munching on for the next week or two.

1. Apples

2. Granola/Oatmeal

3. Almonds and walnuts

4. Lean meat

5. Greek yogurt

6. Hummus

Obviously, these are not the only foods you can eat, so expand your horizons. But make sure you are not filling up on foods that are going to make you hungry 15 minutes down the road with no nutritional value.

As for the caffeine our bodies so “desperately” need, make sure you are drinking lots of green tea rather than resorting immediately to coffee. I know the entire student body cannot simply live without adderall during midterms, but the effects it has on your body isn’t any better than junk food. Green tea is proven to have more caffeine than coffee, and is great for your metabolism and diet as well!

Worse come to worse, if you truly cannot help yourself from shoving food into your mouth during finals, throw some gum in your mouth to keep it satisfied!

Nothing better than some oral stimulation to keep you going during midterms.

Best of luck.

-Chelsey Perry

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