Welcome to college where long nights at the library are followed by regular nap sessions in lecture. There is only one drink that can bring college students back to life after a long night of studying—coffee.

Coffee is great, don’t get me wrong or anything, but too much of it, like anything, is not good. Too much caffeine may leave you dehydrated or with a massive headache.

Luckily for you, there are plenty of nutrient-rich alternatives to help boost your energy. Say goodbye to three cups of coffee a day and hello to some snacks that will keep you more alert.  

1. Trail Mix

Hailey Maher

Whether store-bought or homemade, trail mix is an excellent snack to boost your energy. It's easy to take on the go and eat any time of day. The nuts inside this healthy snack contain good fats, fiber and protein that are perfect for sustained energy. 

2. Smoothies

Angela Kerndl

Homemade smoothies are a great way to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need to refuel your body. Throw in some frozen berries; some kale rich in Vitamin K, potassium and iron; some juice; yogurt (which is full of the magnesium important for energy release); and a banana and you're set to go. Add chia seeds for an extra boost.

The food is often called a "super food" because of its numerous health benefits. Low-calorie and rich in protein, fiber, Omega-3 and fatty acids, chia seeds are sure to give you that kick you need to keep going. 

3. Egg Sandwich

Angela Kerndl

Eggs are high in protein and contain the essential amino acids your body needs for a long day. Whether in a sandwich, on some toast or on their own, eggs are just what you need for a pick-me-up.

4. Bananas and Peanut Butter

Angela Kerndl

Bananas are made up of mostly sugar and fiber, both necessary for prolonged energy. And of course, they taste great with peanut butter too. Peanut butter is full of fat, protein and fiber, which is essential for sustained energy.

5. Guacamole

Angela Kerndl

Avocados are filled with healthy fats, fiber, potassium and Vitamin K. The nutrient-rich fruit is a perfect snack to keep you energized and full before your next meal.   

6. Energy Bites

Angela Kerndl

The name is self-explanatory. All you need is your choice of nut butter, some oats and honey. Naturally sweet, honey is low on the glycemic index and releases muscle fuel for long-lasting energy. You can also add chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, or coconut shavings to your energy bites for additional benefits. 

7. Air-Popped Popcorn

Renee Chiu
Popcorn is a whole grain. Movie theater popcorn loaded with salt and butter isn’t good for you, but the air-popped kind you can make is. Popcorn is low-calorie but contains fiber to keep energy levels high.  

8. Yogurt Parfait

cream, yogurt, strawberry, ice
Maggie Harriman

Yogurt is a great source of magnesium, which means you'll be set for energy. Add fruit, granola, or oats to keep yourself full and going longer. 

9. Oatmeal

Kristina Kim

Oatmeal doesn't have to be boring. You can add just about anything to spice it up, like fruit or granola. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, potassium and calcium.  

10. Hummus

Sterling Martin

You can make your own, or buy it from the store.  You can eat it with veggies or chips. Either way, the snack is high in both fat and protein to keep you full and fueled longer. 

Whether you're coffee-obsessed or barely drink it, give one of these simple snacks a try for that extra kick you need to get through the day.