This blog was written by Maferly Reyes from Baruch College. Twitter: @maf_rox
Mid terms have dawned upon us, and I know many of us will be dedicating countless hours of studying. Many will agree with me when it comes to my one rule when planning group study sessions- SNACKS! Last semester, I cannot say I was proud of my selections. As I look back at it now, how could I have made such silly choices on the night before an important exam? My nightmare study time snacks consisted of chips, cookies, soda, crackers, and of course, lots of chocolate bars! The next day, I woke up lazy and tired, and my stomach punishing me with aches as a result my irresponsible choices. I did not feel ready or positive about taking my exam; I did not want to take it, but I had to. This time around, I have learned my lesson, and I am prepared to make smarter decisions. I have already decided to try and experiment with different ingredients to create the ultimate study time snacks, healthier ones of course. To my surprise I have not woken up as lazy, tired, and unmotivated as I did when I was eating the nightmare snacks. I wake up confident and ready, to take on exams head on, as it should be. Do you doubt the power of the healthy study snacks? Here are some suggestions you can try yourself for your next study session, I promise you, you will feel a hundred times better than when you were consuming chips and soda all night long.
Ants on a Log: really easy and fast to make.
• celery sticks
• peanut butter
Spread the peanut butter inside the hollow of the celery sticks and top with raisins. The celery is the log and the ants are the raisins!! Ants on a log! Yes, it is that easy! Try it!
Banana Milk Shakes: great for studying on the go.
• 2 cups nonfat chocolate or vanilla ice cream
• 1 sliced banana
• ½ cup skim milk
• 3 tablespoons malted milk powder
Insert measured ingredients, mentioned above, in a blender and mix on high until smooth. After making sure that the shake is smooth, pour into chilled glass, and serve.
Cantaloupe Slush Drink with Mango: A light a fruity snack you’re sure to enjoy.
• 1 cantaloupe
• Juice of half a lemon
• 2 teaspoons of honey
• 1 mango
Start off by peeling and seeding the cantaloupe. Cut the cantaloupe into 1-inch pieces and place the pieces in the blender or into a food processor with the lemon juice and honey. Puree until very smooth. Pour the smooth mixture into a shallow glass pan and set it in the freezer for two hours.
Two hours later: with a fork in hand, chip and stir the icy mixture and return it to the freezer for two to four hours.
Two to four hours later: While avoiding the pit (almond shaped seed in the middle) Peel and cut the mango into long, thin, attractive slices. Grab the fork again, and chip the frozen cantaloupe mixture so it resembles a delicious snow cone. Spoon it into clear bowls, and top with mango slices. It is now ready to be served. Enjoy!!
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