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    May 5, 2016

    10 Studying Snacks To Help You Ace Your Finals

    It's the homestretch to summer! Snack on these power foods to help you study hard and power through those final days of tests, presentations and paper-writing.

    1. Spinach Chips

    SHAPE / Via says spinach chips are the new kale chips. Eating spinach helps to boost brain power. Spinach is chock full of folic acid and has even been shown to reverse memory loss. Keep spinach chips in your backpack for a boost of brain power in the middle of the day.

    2. Granola Pops

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    A twist on a PB & Banana Sandwich, dip your banana in peanut butter and roll in granola or oats. These treats are filled with protein and healthy fats that are sure to keep you feeling your best during a stressful time. For an extra-sweet treat, try dipping in chocolate first, like this recipe:!blank/tzyhu

    3. Frozen Blueberries


    For the nights of studying at home, snack on some frozen blueberries. A cup of the fruit is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and more than 4 grams of fiber - and research shows blueberries are linked to better memory and decision-making!

    4. Black Bean Pasta

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    When you have a long night ahead, make a more hearty snack that will keep you fuller longer. Black bean spaghetti may look scary, but it is delicious and packed with more than half a day’s fiber and as much protein in a 2oz serving as chicken, beef or fish to help you stay energized for a an all-nighter at the library. Try this recipe for Black Bean Spaghetti With Heirloom Tomatoes:

    5. No-Bake Energy Balls

    Carrington Farms

    Carrington Farms

    We've all heard of "meal-prep," but one thing that can help alleviate stress during your finals week is "snack-prep!" Make these energy balls a week before you dive into study-mode and you can keep them in your fridge to grab-and-go when needed!

    6. Avocado Toast


    Jump-start your day with avocado toast. Avocados are loaded with fiber and vitamins, but where it really shines as a brain food is as a source of healthy fats. Bored of the same old recipe? POPSUGAR has 22 new ideas that will last you 'til school's out!

    7. Popcorn

    A great alternative to chips. Try drizzling your popcorn with extra-virgin olive oil and then sprinkling a bit of salt on top! For a spicy (and healthy!) twist, sprinkle with sriracha coconut oil.

    8. Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse

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    Chocolate can help boost energy & endorphin levels. Make a healthier version of your fave pudding recipe by slipping in a secret brain food to replace the heavy cream - olive oil! Recipe here:

    9. Nuts & Seeds


    Just a handful of pumpkin seeds a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills (trust us, your flashcards will thank you!)

    10. Veggies


    Carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers! Fresh veggies are a great way to get in your daily dose of nutrients. Dip the vegetables in hummus easy study snack to satisfy your crunch-cravings.

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