It’s that time of year again, college students: finals. Before packing your things and curling up on your couch with hot cocoa (recipe here!), you have to polish off your essays and memorize those lecture notes from months ago. Exams are stressful and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. For those who are in the working world, you know that most businesses are cramming in last minute projects and tasks before breaking for the holidays.
It is easy to neglect taking care of yourself when you are extra busy. But, the truth is, your body needs extra TLC during hectic times. Get your sleep. Multiple studies show that exercise is linked to better academic performance, so get your body moving with the quick workouts on my Youtube channel! And, of course, make sure that you are fueling yourself with nutrient dense foods. Take a study break with one of these powered-up snacks that with both satisfy you and fuel your brain:
- Fruit and coconut butter: Philosophie coconut butter is packed with superfoods and healthy fats that are imperative for healthy brain functioning. Spread it on thick, babes! Did you know that your brain is 60% fat? Quick bio lesson: MCTs found in coconut products are digested directly to your liver where they are released into your bloodstream and then transported to your brain. Paired with superfoods and fiber rich fruits, this snack gets an A+.
- Brain Boosting Smoothie: This recipe is so decadent and extra delicious. It’s essentially an super healthy version of a “chunky monkey” milkshake with so much more. The cacao powder in Cacao Magic and cinnamon help to increase memory function and focus. It tastes like dessert but is full of such goodness that it is great any time.
- Green Dream Chia Seed Pudding: Before finals week starts it’s a great idea to make a bunch of mason jars of chia puddings to keep in the fridge. That way, you can focus on your assignments and know that you have a delicious snack to grab on-the-go. This recipe makes a base is amazing on it’s own, but I love topping it with fresh fruit or golden berries, almond butter (the addiction is real), cacao nibs, and a sprinkle of bee pollen for extra nutrients.
- Snack plates: Here’s a simple, basic formula to follow when making a snack plate: a serving of fruit (go with whatever is in season), a serving of veggies (try some cut carrots, celery, snap peas, bell peppers, or sliced cucumber), something “crunchy” like nuts or seeds, coconut flakes, or some gluten free crackers (I love Mary’s), and finish it off with a dip (tahini, hummus, nut butter, or coconut butter). Avocados are also a great addition to your snack plates. This Mango Guacamole recipe is one of my favs!
If all else fails, check out my favorite protein bars here that you can throw in your bag in a pinch.
What are your go-to study snacks? I’d love to hear in the comments below! Show us your creations on Instagram at tag @philosophielove !