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5 Healthy Drinks to Fuel Your Next Study Marathon
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

In the face of a long, multi-hour study session, students often hit the books with a caffeinated beverage at arm’s reach, such as coffee, soda, or one of an ever-expanding assortment of energy drinks.  But the effects of these liquid pick-me-ups could wear off too soon, which means that they might not be the best fuel for your next study marathon.

According to a report from the National Academy of Science, “a variety of beverages is well-suited to satisfying the fluid requirements of people of all ages,” including students (source). Water is, of course, important for prolonged hydration; but if you’re looking for something with a little flavor that will keep you going through all of the studying that lies ahead, then we recommend that you try one of these:

1. Citrus Tea Punch.  A variety of teas offer the added benefits of antioxidants that help boost the immune system and ward off illness.  Add to that a good dose of orange juice, packed with vitamin C, and you’ve got a refreshing treat that’s also quite healthy.  The recipe is here.

2. Blackberry-Mango Shake.  This tasty concoction is jam-packed with fiber, protein, and vitamin C.  In the short term, it will give you a little boost for your study session.  But in the long term, the nutrients in its blackberries, mango, orange juice, and tofu (yes, tofu) will help in the fight against heart disease. The recipe is here.

3. Moroccan Mint Tea. Made with green tea, versions of which can be low in caffeine or even decaffeinated, this hot or iced beverage is loaded with antioxidants.  Green tea is also known to increase mental alertness, aid in weight loss, and help reduce cholesterol. Sounds like a win-win! The recipe is here.

4. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothie.  This treat has it all: the protein of peanut butter, the potassium of banana, and the wide-ranging health benefits of flaxseed, which include dietary fiber, manganese, and alpha-linolenic acids commonly known as omega-3’s (source).  The recipe is here.

5. Spinach, Avocado, and Apple Shake.  Get your fill of greens and fruit at the same time with this healthy beverage.  And if you enjoy the creaminess of a dairy-based shake but can’t tolerate the lactose, then the avocado in this smoothie will provide that smooth texture you’ve been craving. The recipe is here.

If none of these drinks suits your fancy, there are plenty of others out there good for the long slog through that pile of homework.  Take a look at around the web for more delicious study-appropriate beverages.  Cheers!