Odds are studying is not at the top of your list of “fun” things to do, but it’s a necessary part of college. Sitting and staring at your books, notes, or laptop can be exhausting, and after so long you become stressed, tired and unfocused. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there.

Studying and snacking often go hand-in-hand. Instead of reaching for the chips, candy or soda (which will make you feel worse and decrease productivity), rethink your choice. Did you know that certain foods have properties that can boost your concentration and memory, and keep your brain sharp? So, the next time you’re thinking about diving hand first into your junk food stash during a long study session, try some of these healthier options… your GPA will thank you later!

  • Avocado Toast: Avocados are packed with good fats that not only make you feel fuller longer, they keep your blood flowing and your brain running. Pair this with a slice of whole wheat toast and you have some slow burning carbs that will give you energy for hours.
  • Hummus and Veggies: You already know that you should eat your vegetables. Not only do vegetables contain all types of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but add in some hummus and you are set! Besides being a good source of protein, hummus is full of Omega 3 Fatty Acids that improve memory and learning. Some good veggies that are good for dipping include celery, bell peppers, cucumbers and carrots!
  • Dark Chocolate: Yes, you read that correctly! Dark chocolate has been linked to enhanced memory and will boost brain power. And the benefits don’t end there: snacking on some dark chocolate will actually improve your mood. Try NuGo Dark bars for the perfect grab and go snack.
  • Walnuts: Have you noticed that walnuts kind of look like your brain? Well, maybe that’s not a coincidence! This tree nut is rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, ALA, and Vitamin E, all of which are good for your noggin! Eat them by themselves or add them to your oatmeal, toast or trail mix.
  • Berries: These little guys are top tier when it comes to health benefits. Fruits - such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber… the list goes on! Pack a bag of berries to snack on or even add some to Greek yogurt for some added protein.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs: Whole eggs contain choline and several B vitamins, nutrients that help your brain function efficiently and aid in memory. For an on-the-go snack, grab NuGo Egg White Protein Bars made with simple ingredients, including three egg whites. 
  • Energy Bites: The name says it all. Energy bites are a quick and simple snack that you can prep ahead. Start with oats as your base, add in your nut butter of choice, and then get creative with add-ins. Check out these recipes for some inspiration.