Friday, May 9, 2008

Ask-A-Nutritionist (Carolina)

Q: If I need to stay up late studying, what are some healthier alternatives to caffeine and carbohydrates that I could try out for energy? – Carolina

A: Hi Carolina,

If you’re looking for healthier alternatives for a late night snack, here’s my favorite: try a cup of Greek yogurt, topped with high-fiber cereal or low-fat granola. Or, instead of cereal, add omega-3s—the “good” fat—such as almonds or walnuts. (If you’re concerned about your waistline, keep the nuts to a handful.) Sliced strawberries add sweetness. It’s the ideal pick-me-up, and the protein and fiber will give you the energy and strength you need for a long night of studying.

Rachel S. Beller, MS, RD
Beller Nutritional Institute, LLC

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