By: Hayley Hasberger
Online Section Writer
Finals week is here and students are focused on studying, writing papers and completing projects. We’re all so ready to finish out the semester on a high note or graduate and move on to greater things.
Many students look to caffeine as their savior during this time, but there are many other options that can help boost your energy and keep you focused. It’s important to keep in mind that food high in calories and fat make the body more tired because they’re harder to digest and contain less nutrients that aid in energy production. Here is a list of healthy options that will keep you full of energy and ready to “crush it.”
Foods such as oatmeal and whole-grain cereals offer long-lasting energy. Whole-grains contain beta-glucan, which provides a more sustained energy release by delaying stomach emptying and the absorption of glucose in the blood. Also, as an added bonus, the vitamins and minerals in whole-grains such as B vitamins, iron and manganese work together to help the body metabolize and produce energy.
Yogurt, a simple and quick snack, includes the simple sugars lactose and glucose, which can provide ready-to-use energy. Similar to whole-grains, yogurt contains B vitamins that assist in energy production to fuel the body. The high amount of protein in yogurt slows down the absorption of lactose and glucose which makes it a perfect combination to provide a quick boost of energy that is long-lasting.
To get their daily dosage of caffeine, many people prefer coffee over tea, however some teas like green tea contain the compound L-theanine. When this compound is combined with caffeine, it can lessen the negative effects of caffeine such as anxiety or the jitters that comes with drinking coffee. This will help increase your focus and be ready to tackle whatever finals week throws at you.
Not only are bananas an easy snack to carry around, they also contain B-vitamins, carbohydrates, potassium and fiber that assist in the creation of longer-lasting energy in the body.
Like yogurt, eggs contain protein which gives you a steady source of energy. Eggs also contain the amino acid leucine that stimulates energy production by helping cells absorb blood sugar and breakdown fat to use for energy
Hummus is made from chickpeas, sesame seed paste, olive oil and lemon juice, making it a food packed with carbohydrates, protein and fat. The carbohydrates give you a nice boost of energy while the protein and fat work to stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down the carbohydrate intake for steady energy.
Nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are high in protein and healthy fats as well as carbohydrates and fiber that offer a sustained energy boost. Nuts also have vitamins and minerals that assist in converting food to energy and helping decrease tiredness.
Keeping in mind these healthy, energy boosting options, here are a few on-campus locations that offer snacks and beverages to fuel your body and mind:
- Jittery Joes
- The Market
- Science Learning Center
- Coffee and Bagels
- Law School
- Jittery Joes
- Joe Frank Harris
- Red Clay Cafe
- Main Library
- Tween the Pages
- Amos Hall
- Au Bon Pain
- Veterinary Teaching Hospital
- The Station