By Krystal Richmond
With spring term winding down, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that finals week is approaching. From now until my last final, I’m pretty sure everything will become a blur. During this blurred time period, I admit that I will over-shop and overeat. While I can bounce back from the damage of a little extra shopping, the damage of overeating is more difficult to repair—especially if everything I eat is junk food. To do my body and myself a favor, I try to keep my finals week snack rotation a little less junk-food-heavy.
Veggie chips are my favorite. You get all the satisfaction of eating potato chips, without the ridiculous amounts of salt. You also save yourself a great deal of guilt, because you can definitely justify eating an entire bag of chips—as long as they’re veggie chips.
Chocolate covered anything is a personal weakness. Lately, I’ve been indulging in chocolate covered almonds, espresso beans, raisins, and etc. Maybe the chocolate takes away from the whole concept of eating healthier, but I justify this by going for dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate.
I always try to eat a good amount of fruit daily, so finals week is no exception. The fastest way I get a couple fruits into my system is with a smoothie. It’s quick, easy, and a better alternative to a sugar filled drink, or even a cup of coffee. If I don’t drink a smoothie, I usually eat banana chips, or even frozen mangoes here and there.
My list of finals week snacks would be incomplete without a mention of popcorn. When I found out that kettle corn—although sweet and covered in caramel—actually has fewer calories than regular popcorn, I took that and ran with it. I don’t think twice about stuffing my face with a handful of kettle corn anymore.
My finals week snack rotation isn’t the healthiest, but it’s not all junk food and soda. The way I see it, I’m better off eating semi-healthy snacks rather than a whole pile of junk.