For most college students, finals are the most stressful part of the semester (maybe even more stressful than finding a date for your sorority’s date party). Unfortunately, sometimes the more stressed we are, the harder it is to keep up our healthy eating habits…especially around dinner time. In the past, I found I am most successful in staying on track when I plan my dinners ahead. Below you will find some super delicious, healthy and easy dinners that will fill you up, give you that energy you need to crank out your final essay and satisfy those taste buds.
1. The Triple Threat
This dinner consists of a salmon burger, sweet potato and diced zucchini. I don’t know about you, but I live for this dinner. Costco sells awesome salmon burgers that only take 10 minutes to make on the stove so don’t worry about losing your seat in the library. They are also super filling, which will help with your cravings during some of those late night study sessions. And of course you can’t forget about a roasted sweet potato. Aside from how yummy they taste, sweet potatoes are a great source of magnesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Can you say perfect for finals week? I can!! Finally, cut up some zucchini, stick it in the oven and you got your veggies for the night too!
2. The Basic One
Not a fan of salmon? Not to worry. I’ve been making this dinner forever (which is why it is so basic, but equally as delicious)…a veggie burger and roasted balsamic brussels sprouts. My favorite veggie burgers are from Morningstar Farms, but if you’re not into them, there’s always Dr. Praeger’s, Trader Joes brand and so many more! They are all a great source of protein and super easy to make. If you’re in a rush to get to the library, just pop one into the microwave for one minute and you’re good to go. I like to pair my veggie burger with some Trader Joe’s whole grain Dijon mustard and roasted brussels sprouts!
3. The Breakfast Special
If you’re like me and breakfast is your favorite meal, then this one’s for you! Egg white veggie omelet and a toasted English muffin. Chop up all your favorite veggies, throw them in a pan and pour some egg whites on top for a perfect omelet. Still not satisfied? Toast an English muffin! It’s a great source of fiber and delish when paired with peanut butter or avocado. This breakfast special will supply you with all the right nutrients including healthy fats and lots of protein.
4. The Salad
There’s nothing like a giant chopped salad…am I right? When I’m in the mood for that right array of veggies and a nice crunch, I love to quickly make a salad, throw it in some tupperware and bring it with me to wherever I’m studying that night. If salads just don’t do it for you, try adding some avocado or quinoa. And don’t forget about your protein! I normally chop up some tofu or a veggie burger on top of my salad. This dinner always does the trick.
Finally, being the chocolate addict that I am, I always need something sweet after dinner. I normally go for a piece of Dove dark chocolate or a Hershey Kiss. Don’t deprive yourself of a treat at the end of the night. I promise it will help keep you sane and hopefully help you from eating down your entire pantry when you get home from studying.
Get to the grocery store so you can get cooking for finals! And good luck on your exams!!