19 May College Eats: Healthy Late Night Snacking
Whether you’re up late studying for the three exams you have the next day, or you’re trying to cram a semesters worth of information during finals week, it’s definitely stressful. Oftentimes when you’re stressed (like me!) the first thing you reach for is food. Here are some healthy tips and snacks that can help you make it through the night:
- Never eat out of the package: Always plate a portion of food. When you eat out of the package, you oftentimes wind up overeating, as you are not consciously aware of the amount you are consuming. I am always guilty of eating handfuls of cereal out of the box, and to this day still struggle with this tip.
- Reach for something healthy: Although that bag of greasy, salty potato chips may be comforting at the moment, it will not provide any energy or nutrients, and will often leave you feeling gross and fatigued (not what you want to be feeling when you’re pulling an all-nighter).
- Avoid energy drinks and supplements: Although they may provide energy and keep you awake to study, you often crash after a given amount of time. Also, when trying to get some shut-eye, they will impair your sleep, and leave you feeling more tired when you wake up.
5 Healthy Snacks To Try
All of these snacks can be easily stored in your dorm-room mini fridge or counter. These healthy options will help you get through the night and hopefully help you ace that exam!
Instant oatmeal, with 100 calories per serving, is a great choice as it is full of whole grains and high in fiber, leaving you full so you can focus. The warmth of the oatmeal also adds a comforting factor.
One square of dark chocolate (70% cocoa or above) is another great choice and favorite of mine. Chocolate is my ultimate comfort food and dark chocolate provides a small amount natural caffeine to give you that boost you need, while also providing antioxidants!
Baby soybeans are a protein-packed choice that you can easily store in your freezer. A half-cup shelled contains only 94 calories with nine grams of protein to leave you satiated! Add a dash of salt, and to curb your salty craving.
A half of an avocado with one to two tablespoons of plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese and a pinch of sea salt is a satisfying and delicious snack. This nutrition filled snack is sure to fill you up with its healthy fats and high protein content. Its super creamy texture will have you leaving the ice cream at the door.
If you have a sweet tooth like me, a healthy sweet option is dried fruit. Just a few pieces will satisfy that craving. My favorites include dried figs and prunes which both offer about two grams of fiber for a three-piece serving.
Lexi Orlan is a junior dietetics major at the University of Delaware. She hopes to become a registered dietitian and use her passion for food and health to better others’ lives.