Top 6 Snacks for Surviving Finals

Finals week comes bearing a lot of all- or late-nighters, and on top of that, not much time for a meal. Of course, getting a proper three meals in is good, but who has the time? Late at night or early in the morning, greasy, sugary food seems extra appealing, but may not benefit you in the long run. Snacks are a huge help during the busy finals week, and these snacks can keep you healthy and active throughout the week. Stocking up ahead of time can help spare your wallet, your study time, and your stomach from those cravings.

  • Tea/coffee/hot cocoa – whichever one you prefer, keeping yourself warm (and more importantly, caffeinated) is crucial to staying up late for a study session, which cannot always be avoided. They’re also good for waking you up in the morning before your exams as well.  Thankfully, they can all be easily made with either a coffee maker or simply a microwave.
  • Fruits and veggies – Staying healthy during finals week is important.  There’s no way to accurately describe how gross you can feel after late nights and junk food. Keeping something fresh on hand is one step to getting rid of that.  There are many fruits and veggies that can keep fresh without staying refrigerated or that don’t need to be cooked. Some examples would be apples, oranges, celery, carrots, and berries.  Dried cranberries or raisins are great as well.
  • Nuts or granola – If you can, eating nuts is a good source of protein and energy. They are very portable, and can mix in with other snacks such as dried fruit or chocolate) to make your own trail mix.   You can pick up whatever mix you’d like as well, but if you’re feeling up to it, creating your own is just as good.
  • Crackers and pretzels – Mostly this is as an alternative to potato chips, and other things that are much more unhealthy.  This is something that you’d have to be discerning about what brand you chose, but on a whole, they are good.  You can get whatever size bag suites you best, and you could also get some kind of dip to go with it. My personal favorites include hummus, peanut butter, and guacamole, but there are many more that you could use.  Cheese would also be a good option, but you would need to refrigerate it.
  • Granola bars or breakfast bars – These are simple enough to carry around with you, and if you get the right one, healthy enough as is.  They are especially for on the run, or on the way to an exam or a study session.
  • Popcorn – Again, this is easy and healthy! It is also something that you can personalize, by adding your own spices or cheese, or even adding other mix ins, such as candy, if you are so inclined.  If you have the means to make popcorn with your own kernels, that’d be the best way to add the additional flavors, but you can still do so with the microwave popcorn bags.

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Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes is a senior at Benedictine University, with a double major in Writing & Publishing and Theology. She spends her free time working on Benedictine’s newspaper, The Candor, as well as being a member of Daughters of Isabella, Students for Life, and helping around University Ministry. Any other extra time is filled with reading, writing, cooking, video editing, biking or walking around the lake.