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4 Ways Eating Candy Can Help You Get More Out of Your Study Time

Eating candy can help you become a better student! Wait, haven’t you been trying to tell your parents that since elementary school? Well, as it turns out you were right all along. Indulging in sweets (in moderation, of course!) might actually help you get the most out of your study time. If you’ve been holding off those sugar cravings for years, sweet relief is finally here!

In order to maximize the benefit of each delicious bite, it’s best to have a game plan (and shopping list) in place. So before you grab your wallet and run, take a few minutes to browse the advice below.

Sugar-Induced Willpower

If you think you’re doing yourself a favor by opting for the sugar-free version of your favorite study time snack, you might be wrong. As it turns out, just a little bit of sugar may go a long way in helping you power through to the end of your coma-inducing reading assignment. In fact, recent studies show that not only will you get to the end with a sugar boost; you’ll have focused better throughout. Now, rejoice and grab that bag of candy you’ve been eyeing. Anything with sugar will do!

Chocolate-Flavored Mood Booster

Ah, chocolate. The taste alone can help brighten even the darkest days, but did you know it contains a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA) that can actually enhance your mood? In fact, it’s proven to help relieve signs of depression. So, what does that have to do with your study time? You get to enjoy those M&M’s you’ve been dreaming about while writing your next paper, of course! But seriously, think of it this way – if you’re in a better mood, you’ll study longer. If you study longer, you’re bound to get better results on those papers and tests!

Peppermint-Powered Focus

Having trouble focusing on the task at hand? Grab a peppermint! Studies at the University of Cincinnati show that you’ll concentrate better and even become more alert, not to mention the added benefit of having the freshest breath around. If a bag of peppermints isn’t your first choice for a sugary snack, try stopping by Starbuck’s for a peppermint hot chocolate or grabbing a piece of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark for a mood-brightening bonus!

Gum-Smacking for Stress Relief

For many students, battling stress is an everyday occurrence. If you find yourself battling anxiety, try chewing a piece of gum to ease the pain. The repetitive nature can help release nervous tension, letting you focus on the task at hand. If you’re a little skeptical, check out a little research on the benefits of chewing, then pick up a pack of Wrigley’s Spearmint gum and start reaping the benefits. And don’t forget – none of that sugar-free stuff!

Fall in to Pumpkin-Flavored Bliss

How do you know fall is finally here? The air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and pumpkin-flavored favorites are everywhere!

The window of opportunity to get your pumpkin-flavored fix is relatively short, so start getting your game plan ready! Here are a few suggestions for your 2013 tour of pumpkin fare.

Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up

It’s an obsession that seems to be taking over the world – the pumpkin spice latte. Starbucks, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Einstein Bros Bagels are on the long list of restaurants that offer their own version of the delight.

Having trouble deciding where to get your next pumpkin-flavored caffeine fix? This blog in the Huffington Post might help!

Pumpkin for Breakfast

Check out Einstein Bros Bagels for an assortment of pumpkin choices. From smoothies to muffins, cookies and bagels, they’ve got your cravings covered for nearly the entire day!

If you’re craving something a little sweeter, Dunkin’ Donuts is another great spot for breakfast. Check out their coffee, muffins, and donuts – all pumpkin-flavored for your enjoyment.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

A fan favorite, there are countless ice cream options for pumpkin lovers. Pinkberry, Sonic, Baskin-Robbins, and even Dreyer’s all have pumpkin options for your enjoyment, but there’s one that stands above the rest.

You knew it was coming! Available through the month of October (and sometimes November, if you’re lucky!), the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard at Dairy Queen never disappoints. You can even join the Blizzard Fan Club to be among the first to know when it’s available in your area.

Pumpkin for the Health Nut

The pumpkin without all that sugar and cream is a great addition to any diet, but those looking for a healthy option in any restaurant might be searching for a while. If you’re craving that pumpkin flavor but are unwilling to stray off your healthy path, try this Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie recipe at home. It might take a little longer, but the work will be worth it!

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