It seems like coffee is always made out to be a staple in the diet of college students. It makes sense since students are often juggling responsibilities, up late studying, and just over all trying to work hard. But, if you’re one of those students that cringe at the thought of a cup of jo, check out the energizing snacks we listed below for an alternative way to get your energy boost.
You may have heard the buzz going around the internet saying that apples give you more energy than coffee. While it’s hard to tell which one actually gives you more energy, we do know that apples are better at energizing for an extended period of time. You won’t have to worry about crashing after a few hours like you would with coffee.
Whole Grain Crackers With Peanut Butter
Whole grains are great for energy because they’re filled with healthy carbohydrates (not those unhealthy empty carbs!). Spreading some peanut butter onto the crackers is a good way to add some flavor – would anyone really want to eat plain crackers? Not to mention, peanut butter contains protein, which is beneficial for providing energy as well.
Good news for everyone with a sweet tooth – dark chocolate gives you energy! Chocolate contains caffeine just like coffee does, but many people prefer the flavor of chocolate over a cup of jo.
Nuts are a great source of protein, which is a healthy energy-booster. You can stick to your one favorite type of nuts, or add some variety with different kinds. Pistachios, walnuts, and almonds are great choices for a mid-day snack!
Whole grain toast is the way to go. As we mentioned before, whole grains are loaded with energy-boosting healthy carbs. We recommend adding some avocado, so you’re not just eating a dry piece of toast. Avocado is a much healthier alternative to spreading butter on your toast, and it contains vitamins and healthy fats that help give you energy as well. Need more flavor? Sprinkle some sea salt on top!
Not only are blueberries good for keeping you energized, but they’re loaded with antioxidants and are an over all healthy snack! Try mixing fresh blueberries with some of the nuts we listed above for the perfect nutritious snack.
Spinach has tons of health benefits, such as being filled with energizing B vitamins. If you have time to sit down for a salad, you’re in for an energy-filled treat. Salads are a great option because you can also add more ingredients that promote energy – such as nuts or berries.
Bananas are the same as apples in the fact that they’re loaded with vitamins that give you energy. Try melting that dark chocolate we mentioned earlier, and cover the bananas in it for an extra energizing treat!
Coffee totally isn’t necessary when there are so many energizing snacks out there! Tweet us and let us know what you’re snacking on for energy, or comment below.