finals snacks

Why snack?

We all know that, to keep our brains running smoothly, we need to fuel them appropriately with a balanced diet. This is specially important during exams or other stress periods, because mental work burns more calories than sometimes we realize.

One easy and effective way to get that extra energy our brains need are snacks. When used in conjunction with an already good diet, they can give a much needed boost to your memory, attention, comprehension…

When to snack?

I’ve found the best time to go for a little snack is during studying breaks. I use the pomodoro technique, so every 25 minutes I’ll have a little break, and that’s when I do my snacking. Not every break has to be a snack-break, of course!

If I am cramming, I find eating while studying also works, but it is messier and can interrupt your focus. So try your best to plan little breaks at set intervals!

How to snack?

Eat small things, both in portion and in size. Finger foods are much better than stuff you need utensils for. Bite sized foods work best and are generally less messy. Small portions mean you get energy as you need it, and that you won’t overeat or force your body to do a heavy digestion while studying (trust me, you don’t want that! You want all the energy going to your brain and not your guts!).

What to snack?

Here’s where many people get stuck, but truth is possibilities are endless. I advise against junk food, but even that is better (in moderation, of course!) than having nothing at all. It is a good idea to plan ahead what you will be eating and snacking that week: this way you can make sure you choose a variety of foods with good nutritional values, and your choices are wiser.

Some ideas:

  • Drinks
    • Fruit smoothies (a favorite here is frozen strawberries, banana & cinnamon)
    • Tea (any type, hot or iced)
    • A small cup of hot chocolate
    • Orange juice
  • Fruit and vegs
    • Grapes
    • Berries (I’m a fan of blueberries, but to each their own!)
    • Carrot, green pepper and/or celery sticks
    • Hummus (pair it up with the vegetable sticks and it’s yummy!)
    • Guacamole (it can work as a dip, too!)
    • Clementine wedges
    • An apple
    • A banana
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Pickles
  • Carbs
    • Oat cookies
    • Bread sticks
    • A good old sandwich (this one is too much for me, but it’s good for longer breaks)
    • Hard pretzels or pretzel rods
    • Dark chocolate (but do not overdo this one!)
    • Popcorn (same here!)
    • M&Ms (or similar, but in moderation)
    • Granola bars
  • Fats and Proteins
    • Nuts (I’m specially a fan of walnuts, but any one goes!)
    • Olives (pitless)
    • Cheese (wedges, mini cheese balls, diced…)
    • Yogurt
    • A hard boiled egg
    • Cold meats (diced, rolled up slices…)

The list, honestly, is endless, as are the benefits of regular and healthy snacking for students like you and me.

ETA: Adding more snack ideas as I come up with them. Feel free to share yours!

(Note of the Author: Please forgive any mistakes I may have made. English is my third language and sometimes I get brain-hiccups while writing long things!)

when you come back after an hour-long break and the report hasn’t written itself yet


2/100 ~ 26/03/16

I worked on my sociology homework and studied a bit. In the afternoon I went to the forest for a walk and when I came back I made a study schedule for finals while snacking on oatmeal cake, and a banana with peanutbutter and honey.
(I really love my planner from HEMA 😍)
Today was not as productive as I wanted it to be, but tomorrow is a new day ☺️

Today I went for a run near a river, the weather was amazing! This is my snack.. The smoothie was made with apples, carrots, ginger, rhubarb, fennel and cucumber! Try it, it’s delicious! ;)
What did you do today? Tell me.. Oh and.. Happy mother’s day ❤️

First Sleepover//Lim Changkyun

Originally posted by ki-to-my-heart

Pairing: I.M x Reader

Genre: Fluff

Summary: @kyotocean said:
Thank you very much for writing the moonbin and joshua scenario for me, they were great. ✨ Could you please write a fluffy scenario with I.M where you guys are having your first sleep over and you fall asleep on his shoulder? Thank you very much ♡

Author’s Note: Okay so guilty confession; I can’t pick a bias in monsta x. I’ve been stanning them since debut and I just… I can’t. AnywAY I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SCENARIO, have a nice read~

xoxo Sara

“Alright,” Changkyun said, placing the final bowl of snacks on the table, “Now that we have the snacks done, we can watch the movie, yeah?”

You had been dating Changkyun for around four months now, and today you had decided to take up his offer of sleeping at his dorm room. Your work place was incredibly close to their dorms, and since you work very late, he was always worried about you getting home safely. Today, though, you had texted him that you were heading to his dorm straight from work to spend the night. The only problem was that you didn’t have any time to pack extra clothes.

“Actually,” you said, tugging on his hand softly, causing his attention to avert to you, “I kind of need an extra set of clothes.”

“Oh!” Changkyun said, his eyes widening as his cheeks flushed, “Of course, I didn’t expect you to sleep in jeans. Come on,” he helped you up slowly, a soft smile on his face as he lead you to his room.

Searching through his drawers, he pulled out a pair of sweatpants and a sweatshirt, both seeming like they were too baggy for even him to wear.

“Here you go,” he said, placing the clothes in your lap, “i’ll be in the livingroom while you get dressed.”

“Thank you~” You hummed, waving at him as he left his room so you could have your privacy.

Once you had thrown on what he had given you and folded your clothes in a pile in the corner of his room, you walked into the livingroom, letting out a soft yawn as you rubbed your eyes. You had had a long day at work and you hadn’t rested yet, so you were slightly tired.

Plopping down next to him, you noticed his cheeks were tinted red.

“Yah, what’s wrong?” you asked, poking his cheek softly, “Your cheeks are all red.”

“You look really cute,” he smiled softly, wrapping his arm around your waist and pulling you closer, “my clothes are really big on you.”

“These feel like they’d be big on you,” you giggled, curling your arms into the sleeves of his sweater, “Now start the move!”

You had been able to hold out through the first movie you decided to put on, the action and comedy of it all enough to keep your attention. But as the second one started, you felt your eyelids starting to become heavy.

Stretching out a small bit, you turned into the couch, feeling sleep overcome you as you struggled to keep your eyes open. Changkyun didn’t seem to notice, though, as he was too focused in the movie to see you begin to curl in closer to him.

It had been the middle of the movie where you finally fell asleep; your head lulling very softly against Changkyun’s shoulder. Only then did he notice that you fell asleep, a small smile dancing on his lips as he pulled you even closer to his body.

“I knew you were tired,” he whispered softly, pressing his lips to your forehead as he began to lay down himself. Placing your head on his chest now instead of his shoulder, he gripped your waist as he felt himself falling to sleep as well.

superluckystar  asked:

Hello! Good luck on your blog! Can i have a hc in the SDC( - Joesph) becoming jealous of their stand getting more attention from their s/o. Thank you!

I love these kinda of headcanons so much

Jotaro and Star platinum

At first it starts off as you let Star eat a cookie from you snack stash. Jotaro just shrugs it off but then later you come back from a bakery and you and star split a huge frosting covered cinnamon bun 

When Star is out you give him little treats all the time and let him cuddle you because Jotaro isnt a cuddler but Star sure is.

Star also comes out on his own now whenever its just you and Jotaro. He immediately takes up all the attention. You play a clapping game give him a kiss, feeding him snacks.

Jotaro finally gets pissed and dismisses Star, “Yare Yare Daze, are you dating me or my stand?”

You laugh when you realize Jotaro has been jealous. He gives you a possessive kiss. “I am dating you, not star. He just so happens to be part of the package thats all. And besides he is literally a part you. “

He huffs and pulls you into a hug and tries to cuddle with you but is clearly uncomfortable.

Kakyoin and Hierophant Green

While you cannot feed this stand little snacks like Star you treat him in other ways like he likes coiling around in your hair or you let him hide in your handbag.

When in private you give him old newspapers to shred since its something he enjoys

You scratch along the chin under where the mask is, since he seems to really like that

Kakyoin will simply dismiss Hireophant as much as possible when he notices your indulging him to much and will then try to talk to you about books or magazines or something else

Kakyoin will eventually asks why you dote so much on his stand and barely talk to him

Hirephant was like having a weird snake and you love snakes you explain to which Kakyoin laughs and gives you a hug

Avdol and Magicans Red

You quickly become fond the bird stand, giving it crumbs from your sandwich later entire pieces of bread

After giving him food Red likes to look over your shoulder a lot and Avdol tries to stop him but you dont mind. You feed him snacks as you read or dose off

You give under the chin scritches all the time making him a happy bird man

Avdol simply asks you why you baby him so much, trying to hide the fact he feels neglected

You simply say I could feed you bread crumbs too 

to which he laughs

Polnareff and Silver Chariot

Out of all the stand this one is the hardest to dote on

But you always make sure to give him kisses and hugs, making sure he knows he is doing a great protecting you and his user!

Polnareff simply gets jealous of the kisses and demands for his own but instead to give another one to his stand.

The streets of New Orleans at night are no place for a lone vixen to be walking home alone!  …well ok, knowing this one I’m sure she could handle herself hehe, buuuuuut why do that when you’ve got a big hungry GuardDurg to do all the hard work for you~!  He doesn’t even need to be paid heheh, the work IS the payment in the form of some midnight snacks~! 

*The final convention doodle I made while on the go heheh; the new tablet works great it seems!!*