Fuel thy midterm-loaded mind.
Why is it that midterms have the capability of bringing out the best and worst cravings in humans? Mountains of mac-n-cheese? Absolutely. But ice cream on toast? Listen, everything is possible when you’re staring down a pile of textbooks and required readings.
The only problem is that the endless amount of delicious trash we crave often makes us feel worse after. Solution: substitute cravings with equally amazing dishes that will actually help your brain and subsequently result in better grades. Here’s what to reach for next time the thought of organic chemistry comes to mind:
1. Acai Bowls
These can be more than just a staple on your Instagram feed. Featuring the superfood acai berry, acai bowls look like ice cream and also don’t taste like a supersize pint of regret. Win-win!
2. Dark Chocolate
Psychology Today approves. Need we say more?
3. Vegan Cheese
A common student favorite is a bowl of bubbly, cheesy lasagna. However, many people feel like their love of cheese isn’t quite requited and report having dreadful stomachaches or acne. Here’s the solution: vegan cheese. Frequently composed of cashews (which is healthier and great for stress and anxiety relief), you’ll get the incredible taste minus the unpleasant aftereffects.
4. Hot Drinks
A steaming cup of cocoa or tea is one of the easiest ways to demonstrate self-care. Try going to a café without any study materials for a short study break. The new environment will refresh you and allow you to power through exams.
5. Guac Galore
If you’ve loved avocado toast before it became too trendy, now’s the time to take it to the next level. This means extra guac with everything! (Okay maybe not with chocolate ice cream or cake.) Seriously though, it’s known to be great for your brain and reduce stress, so go ahead and take another dip!
Cover photo shot by Jakob Owens.