Food for Thought: Recipes to Get You Through Finals Week

Like I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, I’ve been under quite a lot of stress lately (I’m sure you can all relate). Yesterday was particularly trying, as I got comments back from a teacher and was faced with basically re-doing an entire assignment…by Friday morning. To say I was anxious during the day would be an understatement. When lunchtime finally came around, I found myself seriously considering just grabbing an apple and heading somewhere quiet to work. But then I stopped myself. Not only was my hunger hard to ignore, but I really needed some time to relax and catch up with my friends. So I grabbed some protein, some veggies, and chowed down.

You see, in that moment, I was the poster child for what I’ve seen going on a lot amongst my peers: once the tests and papers pile up, issues of self-care fall to the wayside. This is exactly the opposite of how it should be. It’s times like these, when you’re up all night writing, reviewing, memorizing, etc., only to wake up early and do it all over again, that you really need to nurture yourself. One way to do this is taking the time to eat healthy meals packed with protein, fiber, and some natural sugars. Because, let’s face it, who can take a math final on an empty stomach?

Below you can find twelve recipes that will do the trick when it comes to feeding your mind and body. All of them are nutrient-dense and will leave you alert, satisfied, and focused. Pick out a few and whip them up when it’s your turn for exams…I promise you, you’ll feel the difference.

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Blueberry and Cinnamon Smoothie

Overnight Oats – a personal favorite!

Green Scramble

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Tuna Salad with Apples and Pumpkin Seeds

Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salads (this recipe was featured on the blog a while back, find that post here)

Dream Veggie Burger – an excellent choice if you prefer plant-based proteins!

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Green Juice

Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus – perfect with some sliced veggies after school!

No Bake Flax Energy Bites – for when you just need a little blood sugar boost

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Rosemary & Lemon Chicken – pair with a zesty salad for a refreshing summer meal!

Brown Rice, Kale, and Roasted Sweet Potato Sauté with Poached Eggs

Pomegranate, Kale, and Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta

I hope you found these suggestions helpful! If you’re interested in finding more recipes like the above, be sure to check out some of my favorite recipe sites: The First Mess,, and, among others!

If you’re taking finals soon, good luck! (If not…still, good luck). And if summer’s already started for you, savor some for the rest of us, ‘kay?


all pictures courtesy of linked recipe sources

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