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Ask the Cook: Eating healthy for finals week

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Food may be at the bottom of your to-do list during finals week, and that’s understandable.

Especially in December when finals and holidays are in full swing, it’s impossible to stay nourished, right?

Think again. Give yourself the best chance of success academically, mentally and physically with just a little extra planning.

Fifteen minutes and a trip to the grocery store will go a long way toward keeping you healthy, relaxed, successful and sane.

Start with breakfast. Oatmeal or hot cereal, variations on PB&J or egg sandwiches, even toast and your favorite yogurt are great options.

The main idea is to get your day started with high quality protein and a little sugar to wake yourself up.

If you need caffeine, start with one cup, give yourself a half hour, and then ask yourself if you really need another.

If so, that’s cool, just drink an equal amount of water. You’ll think better when you’re well-hydrated.

Eat something healthy every three to four hours.

If you’re afraid of getting too wrapped up in what you’re doing and missing a meal, set an alarm on your cell phone. It’s worth it.

Stash snacks in your backpack so you’re not distracted by hunger when you should be concentrating on your exam. Granola bars, fruit such as apples, oranges, pears, crackers and cheese and trail mix will keep you full and focused until your next meal.

Making one dish that also makes good leftovers is a great way to save time and stay healthy.

Stews and soups, spaghetti, lasagna, quiche and casseroles are all healthy options that taste good on the third day, too.

Check out the recipe of the week, Mexican Frittata, for a Latin twist on classic quiche.

When you’re in the middle of a marathon of tests, papers and projects, don’t forget to give yourself something to look forward to every day.

Treat yourself to 10 minutes of bliss. What does this mean for you? Be creative. It could mean catching up with friends and family, indulging in one or two chocolate truffles, getting a breath of fresh air in the crisp sunshine or having a really good laugh.

Life is lived in moments, friends, even moments during finals week.

dbalagna@unews.com

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