Top 10 Study Foods

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    Posted on Monday, Oct 02, 2017
    You’ve been studying for hours. Your energy is running low. What do you reach for? Coffee? Popcorn? The TV remote? All of these things will break your focus and keep draining your energy and motivation. Instead, try one of the foods on my Top 10 list to recharge those batteries and keep you going.
     
    1. Yogurt Pretzels - While they may not be the healthiest snack on this list, yogurt pretzels are delicious and one of my favorite snacks. You can get crunchy, sweet, and salty, all in one bite. Yogurt not for you? Then try chocolate dipped, peanut butter filled, or just plain pretzels.
    2. Trail Mix - Trail mix is a fun and tasty way to get the benefit of nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate all in one snack. Traditional trail mix not for you? Try one of the many varieties from Rocky Road and caramel to Cajun and barbeque. There are even some trail mixes designed to give you extra protein or Omega-3’s.
    3. Peanut Butter - Peanut butter is probably one of the most versatile snacks on this list, as it can be eaten with almost anything. Try it with pretzels, crackers, celery, or apples. It’s a delicious and inexpensive way to get the protein and sugars that will boost your focus.
    4. Granola - Granola is another one of the versatile snacks on this list because it can be eaten plain or with honey, yogurt, fruit, peanut butter, or chocolate. It is fairly cheap and easily portable, so it’s great for students on the go who need a light, nutritious snack.
    5. Fruit - While I usually prefer fresh fruit, I love dried fruit for studying. It is more portable and easy to mix with other snacks. Many fruits also contain important vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. If you do go with fresh fruit, you can try freezing it, for a little extra crunch with your snack mix. My personal favorites are dried cranberries and apricots, bananas or apples with peanut butter, and frozen grapes.
    6. Dark Chocolate - Dark chocolate is a sweet treat high in antioxidants. I like to use chocolate when I’m really running low on motivation, because it’s my favorite snack. It reminds me of dog training in that you only bring out the highest reward when they’ve done the best job possible. When I want just a little bit of that sweetness, I’ll eat trail mix or put chocolate in my granola or yogurt.
    7. Cheddar Cheese - Whether you prefer blocks, cubes, sticks, or slices, cheese is a great way to curb salty cravings in a healthy way. Cheddar cheese is my favorite kind of cheese, but other types work equally well to provide the protein and calcium your body needs to grow and be successful.
    8. Carrots - Carrots are rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, and carbohydrates. They are a great on-the-go snack, because they are portable and can be eaten plain or paired with dips like hummus.
    9. Greek Yogurt - Greek yogurt is high in protein, but low in sugar making it a healthy way to get the energy you need. If you like your snacks a little sweeter, try adding in some honey or fruit to give your yogurt that extra flavor boost.  
    10. Hummus - Hummus goes great with many of the snacks on this list like carrots and pretzels, but you can also use pita chips, crackers, celery, or any other vegetable. Hummus comes in a variety of flavors so there’s something for everyone whether you like it plain, spicy, or anywhere in between.
    Whether you’re looking for sweet, salty, spicy, or a good mix of flavors, there is sure to be a snack on this list that you love. So next time you’re thinking about reaching for the coffee, Red Bull, TV remote, or your blanket, try one of these delicious snacks instead.
     
    By Aubree Lee, College of Agriculture
    Cover Photo Attribution: Food Chart Photo