By Maggie Coleman

Happy midterms week Marquette! When we are stressed our body naturally craves salty and high fat foods. While junk foods typically give us a temporary boost of energy, they ultimately do not help with focus. While you are studying for your exams keep in mind these healthy snacks that will help boost your focus, energy, and other brain functions!

Apples and Peanut Butter

This healthy alternative to chips and dip is a great protein packed snack that will also help tide you over until your next meal. The peel of the apple includes a powerful antioxidant called quercetin that enhances memory function!


Blueberries are packed full with antioxidants which improve memory, learning, and cognitive function. You can even try coating the blueberries with your favorite yogurt and freeze overnight!

Dark Chocolate

Yes, chocolate can be healthy and aid studying! Dark chocolate helps with cognitive function and memory. It can also improve your mood due to being full of antioxidants!

Whole Grains

Whole grains like oatmeal, popcorn, and whole-wheat crackers make for great study snacks. They are rich in complex carbohydrates which is the brain’s main source of fuel. Because the brain cannot store glucose, it relies on a stream of energy that whole grains can provide!


Avocados contain monosaturated fats which contribute to healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow contributes to a healthy brain! Try putting avocado on whole wheat bread to make avocado toast.

Staying hydrated is another key to effective studying! Lack of water to the brain can cause numerous symptoms such as problems with focus, memory, brain fatigue, and brain fog. Dehydration prevents the brain from working its best, therefore drinking water is super important for optimal brain function. Drinking water throughout the day will help make that study session as productive as possible!

Follow us on social media!


Twitter: @MU_MedClinic




Google Images

Written by

We are committed to advancing the overall health and wellbeing of the students at Marquette University through comprehensive wellness services and programming.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store