It is mid-september already and it is time for round two of HECTIC (Healthy Eating College Tip Thursdays).
I don’t want to sound like your mother, but it really does help! Many college kids stay up late cramming for papers, which in the end doesn’t produce a very good project anyway.
You crave more sugar when you are tired because your body wants that quick energy from sweets. Don’t let yourself get tired by getting a good night sleep. If you do need carbs to wake you up, though, go for fresh fruit.
You can always find fruit on campus through the local convenience store or in the dining halls. My meal plan allows me a certain number of “meal swipes” per week, and I always grab an orange or banana to take back to my room for snacks. When my bananas start piling up, though, make some of these tasty treats:
(These PBC Bars are a staple of mine and they only require a few ingredients to make)
While I don’t recommend relying on caffeine for energy everyday, I realize that it is sometimes inevitable. Black coffee, black tea, or green tea all contain natural sources of caffeine without added sugars like energy drinks and sweetened coffee drinks.
If you absolutely cannot stand the taste of black coffee, try experimenting with different types of flavorful tea. Some of my favorites include jasmine green tea, chai, honeybush, and ginger tea.
(Iced coffee with a drizzle of coconut milk is a favorite of mine in the warm months)
Other ways to get energized without caffeine:
- Splash water on your face
- Talk a walk outside
- Breathe deeply
- Drink a big glass of water
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What are some of your favorite ways to be energized while staying healthy?