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Healthy Snacks for Late Night Study Sessions

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Posted on March 18, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

The end of the semester is getting closer, which means you'll be wrapping up culminating projects and studying for finals at Delaware Valley University. This can lead to late-night study sessions and all-nighters, which aren't always great for your health. 

To make sure that you stay as healthy as possible during these cram sessions, keep a lot of healthy snacks around or stretch your legs and walk over to Levin Dining Hall, open 24 hours a day. Healthy snacks will keep you motivated and energize you so you can focus better and for a longer period of time. Junk food will only make you feel sluggish and cause you to crash.

Keep reading to find out which snacks to keep on hand to enjoy during late nights studying.

Whole Grain Cereal

A bowl of cereal is definitely a college favorite, and most students always have a box in their rooms with milk in their fridge. Opt for a complex carb type of cereal instead of the sugary kind. This cereal is easy to digest and is only around 200 calories per bowl. Milk will also provide extra protein. 

Nonfat Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has become a health staple, and at 100 to 150 calories, it won't add pounds to your waistline while you're up burning the midnight oil. The satisfying protein in the yogurt will help you feel full longer. It can also calm your stomach so heartburn or indigestion won't wake you up after you finally go to sleep. 

Fruit

Apples and bananas are inexpensive and full of nutrients and vitamins to give you brain power while you study. They're low in calories but contain sugars that will keep you going throughout the night.

Oranges contain lots of vitamin C, as well as potassium, calcium, and healthy carbohydrates. 

Blueberries are known as a superfood, and in addition to being delicious and nutritional, they can help to prevent memory loss and increase motor skill function and learning capacity. 

Cheese

Cheese can curb both salty and sweet cravings, and opting for string cheese makes a low-calorie, easily transportable snack. One stick is full of protein and calcium, and a pack is only around $2. Stock your fridge with plenty of string cheese for a snack that you can grab and take to the library or your study group.

Vegetables

Carrots are easily transported and they're inexpensive. They also contain a lot of nutrition, such as natural carbohydrates, fiber, calcium and potassium. Green veggies such as raw broccoli, string beans or pea pods have tons of vitamin C, antioxidants and more. Consider making a small salad full of greens and veggies.

Hummus

Spice up your veggies with some hummus. Not only does it pack a lot of flavor, it's also rich in protein. It can be inexpensive, at only around $4 for a generic brand. You can also use whole grain or wheat crackers to dip in the hummus for another healthy crunch!

The general rule of thumb for choosing a snack to get you through studying is to avoid anything with a lot of sugars or fats. Fresh and natural is the way to go.