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Finals Week Care Package

Stressed out students need a healthier assortment of treats during finals week

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Finals Week Care Package
There's no doubt that cookie-filled care packages raise the spirits of homesick college students, but when exam time rolls around, stressed out kids need healthier fare. As the parent of a young adult, you know they may be skipping meals or porking out on pizza and caffeine, when what they really need is protein, complex carbohydrates and plenty of fruits and vegetables. So instead of sending cookies, which send blood sugar soaring and then crashing back to earth, try filling that care package with a few of these instead:

  1. Fresh organic fruit, such as apples and tangerines, from your garden, favorite market or a fruit delivery service like the Fruit Guys - they're a San Francisco-based organic fruit delivery company, that's been written up in Glamour Magazine and other magazines for their workplace fruit deliveries. The "DormSnack" package includes 16 servings of organic fruit, delivered to any dorm ($28 and up).
  2. Spicy chipotle-glazed pecans
  3. Beef jerky or hard salami
  4. Crunchy whole grain crackers, or peanut butter-filled crackers
  5. A small jar of peanut butter and a box of graham crackers
  6. Dried fruit
  7. Instant hot cocoa mix
  8. A can of bean dip and a bag of chips
  9. Microwave popcorn or - cheaper and healthier - popcorn kernels and plain brown lunch bags. Drop a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a paper bag, fold over the top a couple of times and microwave it for a minute and a half to two minutes. The result? Fresh, tasty popcorn without any of the nasty chemicals or oozing fat. (But you can add your own butter and seasonings, of course.)
  10. A Starbucks gift card (in the hopes that they'll at least accompany that caffeine rush with some milk)
  11. Biscotti, which offer sweet crunch without a lot of sugar
  12. A mini-loaf of homemade chocolate chip-pumpkin bread
  13. Sugar-free throat lozenges, Vitamin C lozenges or Emergen-C packets
  14. Or a DIY set of adorable exam worry dolls that will do the worrying instead.
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