The night before an exam is crunch time—literally. Many students find themselves snacking to help stay focused, awake and motivated. Though food is a nice alternative to a constant drip of caffeine, snacking can encourage weight gain.
As a Goldfish addict, I understand the desire for the crunch. And though you may still take in too many calories, you can lessen the damage with a few healthful choices.
If you crave crunchy foods, try keeping a bag of carrots or celery nearby. Nuts and granola are tasty, as well. Eat sparingly—they are both high in calories.
If you crave sweet foods, try frozen grapes. They taste like dessert but save you the regret that results from binging on chocolate cake. Another tasty option is to smear light cream cheese onto a graham cracker.
If you crave salty foods, stay clear of fries. Try sunflower seeds instead. Not only do sunflower seeds help you focus, the process of cracking the shell preoccupies the mouth. Light soup and pickles also have plenty of salt. Not to mention, pickles usually have five or fewer calories.
Snacking healthy and drinking plenty of water will help you avoid that finals pudge. If your desire to snack is merely a fidget, try bubblegum or decaf tea. While a little caffeine is beneficial, too much can be distracting. Study on!