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Kristine Xu is a journalism freshman and Mustang News food columnist.

It’s finally week 10 of spring quarter, and summer is on the horizon. You are tired, unmotivated and drowning in a sea of assignments due tomorrow. The last thing you want to add to your ever-growing to-do list is figuring out what to eat that will wreak the least havoc on your already stressed-out body. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Bananas and apples

Keep it simple with some fresh fruit. In addition to being a great source of Vitamin C and fiber, fruits such as bananas and apples give you an extra push to get through a long afternoon. Eat them whole with your lunch, or spice it up by combining your favorite fruits in a fruit salad. Either way, make sure to throw it in the fridge for chilled deliciousness.

(via: Fitness Magazine)

2. Dried fruits and nuts

If chewy and crunchy snacks are more your taste, get through the afternoon with a handful of dried fruits and nuts. The healthy fats and protein found in dried fruits and nuts provide a slow-burning food source for your stomach to curb the hunger and keep you sharp at the desk. Make sure to eat just a handful to avoid post-meal grogginess.

(via Fitness Magazine)

3. Dark chocolate

Though I prefer milk chocolate, dark chocolate has more health benefits and fewer calories than any milk or white chocolate bar. This velvety and delicious cocoa confection is also a source of natural caffeine and sugar sure to tame any sweet tooth. Opt for organic dark chocolate packed with powerful antioxidants, making sure to only eat an ounce a day to avoid getting a sugar high. If you are still skeptical, here are 10 reasons why you should eat more dark chocolate.

(via Kimberly Snyder)

4. Eggs

Whether soft-boiled, hard-boiled, scrambled or poached, eggs are an easy and delicious way of getting more protein and energy in your diet. Zinc and phosphorus are just some of the many energizing minerals found in eggs that provide that boost of energy when you need it most. With just 78 calories, eggs are an easy option for on-the-go snacking.

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5. Green tea

Drinking a cup of hot green tea is one way of staying awake, but you can also get creative with a green tea-infused smoothie. Blend together a freshly brewed cup of green tea, your choice of fruit, a dash of honey and a cup of milk for a delicious and energizing smoothie. The green tea provides a gentle jolt of caffeine that will keep you awake until bedtime, while the fruit and milk are great sources of protein and calcium. Use organic or locally grown fruit for extra brownie points.

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6. Popcorn

One of my all-time favorite snacks is popcorn because of its easy snacking and addictive crunchy texture. The whole grain and fiber found in popcorn is great for healthy snacking and curbing cravings without the heaviness of other carbohydrates that can lead to food-induced sluggishness. Make trail mix with equal parts popcorn, edamame and peanuts for a high-fiber snack with a steady supply of energy.

(via Fitness Magazine)

7. Pudding

Another way of satisfying that sweet tooth is dipping into a delicious pudding cup. Instead of reaching for another bar of Hershey’s that will leave you feeling sluggish and unproductive, opt for some homemade low-cholesterol chocolate pudding. This high-protein snack made of 6 ounces of Greek yogurt and 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder will give you enough energy to power through any task. Garnish with a sprig of mint for a little bit of extra flavor.

(via Joy Bauer)

8. Coconut water

Filled with natural enzymes and electrolytes that detox the body, coconut water is the next best way of rehydrating. The lack of calories and fat in coconut water makes this beverage yet another healthy option for staying hydrated and awake during the day.

(via Kimberly Snyder)

9. Greek yogurt

Besides the calcium, potassium, zinc and vitamins found in every yogurt, Greek yogurt provides even more protein with fewer calories. The protein keeps you full for longer periods of time while also acting as a natural source of energy. Mix in a handful of berries for extra brain food and flavor.

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10. Tuna

Served in sushi or sandwiches, tuna is a versatile source of lean protein that contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, essential in providing energy for organ function in the body. Serve with whole-wheat crackers and freshly sliced mozzarella cheese for a light snack, or sprinkle on top of salads as a flavorful topping.

(via SheKnows)

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