Finding Munch Time in the Crunch Time

Brain food

November 15 2011
by Georgia Bobley

As recent college grads, our memories of spending hours upon hours in the library are still frighteningly fresh in our minds.

We can almost smell the books.

But what we remember most about those dreadful evenings, weekends, weeknights (we spent a lot of time studying!) in the library is how the only way to alleviate the pain of homework is by snacking.

Sounds a lot like our current day jobs…

For a short time period like this, some people might be able to do this thing called “not eating,” but we here at SkinnyOffice do not really understand this concept. We need to be eating or drinking any time we actually have to do any kind of work. Here is our advice for a few different study scenarios:

Quickie evening study sesh when you have sushi plans at 8: 

So you’re trying to alleviate your guilt about going out on a school night by fitting in some studying beforehand. Problem is, you want a study snack, but you don’t want to be too full for those sake bom—um, tuna rolls. For treats that won’t fill (or fatten) you up too much, try:

Dum Dum lollipops (25 cals each), Nips (30 cals each), Lifesavers (10-15 cals each), or Extra’s Apple Pie-flavored gum (which tastes so real it’s creepy).

We wouldn’t recommend chain-eating lollipops all the time, but we think it’s okay on occasion. Just brush your teeth extra carefully that night.

Cramming for 3 finals at once. Oh, and they’re all tomorrow: 

You always knew partying and TV would take a toll on your study habits, but unfortunately this simply could not be helped and so you find yourself facing an all-nighter. While just the thought of this fate no doubt makes you want to dive into 5 pints of Ben & Jerry’s, please don’t. Right now you need something to snack on mindlessly, not to savor every bite of, so you might as well choose something with fewer calories! A bowl of popcorn with a handful of chocolate-covered espresso beans will last a long time for not so many calories. And keep sipping diet soda, coffee, and tea, since they hydrate you, fill you up, and caffeinate you—the studying trifecta!

Spending an entire weekend writing a paper that’s due on Monday: 

You’re going to be spending 8-10 hours on Saturday and 8-10 hours on Sunday sitting in a cubicle pouring over Paradise Lost or Gone With the Wind or whatever. You need to understand what on earth is going on in whatever text you’re reading, but even more, you need a snack. Go for almonds. But I don’t mean your run-of-the-mill salted nut. Try Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Sauce almonds. The library is not the place for sushi or ramen and these Asian flavored almonds are a great way to satisfy your cravings for a real meal in a more library-friendly way!

Last minute homework for your 11am French class: 

Oh la la! You waited until the last minute! Quel domage! It’s a situation we’ve all been in. You wake up at 9am and realize you have an assignment to finish before your mid-morning class. You rush to the library before you have a chance to grab anything to eat. You cannot possibly conjugate verbs when you’re basically starving to death! Any kind of nutrition bar is a great option- but my personal favorite is Special K Fruit Crisps. They come in strawberry and blueberry and they’re much lighter than your typical Luna or Cliff bar. For just 100 calories, you get two thin delicious crispy bars, and there’s even a thin layer of creamy frosting on the top of each one. That’s better than any extra credit!

As you may have inferred from our suggestions, we here at Skinny Office are far from nutritionists (we do love artificially-sweetened products!). But we also want to stress that all of our study snack ideas are in addition to eating three healthy, well-balanced meals each day. Good luck!

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2 thoughts on “Finding Munch Time in the Crunch Time

  1. When most people attend to study they must take a thirty minute break. During that thirty minute break everyone must get a snack. Make sure the snack is not a meal. For once, because after that meal you will not want to get back to studying because of drowsiness. No one should over study themselves. When you over study yourself, you would not be able to comprehend very well. Therefore, you should stop for that day or get back later.

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