Magnificent midnight munchies

College students seem stay up late to study, hang out with friends and they often end up having a midnight snack.

Late nights should not always require fast-food runs for midnight snacks. There are healthy and inexpensive alternatives that boost concentration and wellness. These options are easy to prepare and provide energy popular foods do not.

Fruits, veggies, nuts and lean meats are always a smart idea when you want something healthy and filling. However, healthy foods have the reputation of lacking flavor. Pairing it with a spice or natural sugar will make them satisfying.

Whipped Greek yogurt with coconut flakes and agave is an option is best for students who have a sweet tooth but would rather not give in to a candy bar. Greek yogurt provides protein without the sugar and fat of regular yogurt. Agave, a natural sweetener found at Trader Joe’s or Vons, mixes well with the yogurt. Coconut flakes add texture and sweetness without excessive calories. Try cinnamon or candied walnuts if you do not like coconut.

Hummus with pita, fruits, veggies or all combined is packed with fiber and protein. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids that boost memory and cognitive performance. Eating this spread is an easy way to boost your metabolism and burn calories.

Air popped popcorn with cinnamon or seasoning of your choice. Popcorn is a popular snack when you want something inexpensive and easy to make. However, regular popcorn come with loads of butter, calories and different fats that are problematic to health through regular consumption. If you remove the butter, popcorn by itself is fine.

Although there is little nutritional value, it is low in calories. To add flavor, cinnamon is a great spice to sprinkle on the popcorn, as well as a savory option of lemon pepper or sea salt.

Late-night studying and coffee are often found together. Caffeine is a stimulant and it is not a source of energy. As a result, the body lacks the rest it needs and takes extra energy to function and perform well. It will only end up hindering your performance and creating unnecessary fatigue.

Instead of coffee, try mint-flavored tea or black tea. Just the scents of mint teas wake up the senses. Most teas have little to no caffeine but foster sleep after late night studying. Tazo Refresh tea or peppermint teas are great choices. Black teas have more caffeine but not as much as coffee.

There are various types of black teas to choose from, like Tazo Awake Tea or English breakfast black tea. Many chai teas also have black tea in them. For a change, add almond milk for substance and flavor.

Many of these simple ingredients are reusable and can create different combinations for future use. These healthy snacks will satisfy your body and mind.

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