Brain Food for Students
Many students do not have the time or energy to prepare homemade meals, especially during exams! But it is vital that students fuel their bodies and minds with the proper food to work to their fullest potential. Here are some quick and easy things to eat that will also help your brain to function efficiently during those long days of classes.
Oatmeal is an easy and fast thing to eat for breakfast. It is important to eat breakfast to get your mind functioning and to kick start your metabolism. This meal will give you the energy you need for your day filled with studying! Dress it up by adding spices, fruit, honey, or granola. Avoid pre-packaged flavoured oatmeals though, as these are very high in sugar.
Whole grains have glucose, a natural sugar, which breaks down slowly as it is digested, providing a steady supply of energy to the mind and body. Whole grains are filling and help make you more mentally alert.
Here is a quick and easy blueberry smoothie recipe from Greatist, with only 8 ingredients!
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or agave)
- Fresh blueberries, for garnish (optional)
Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, which promotes memory and thinking abilities. They also contain magnesium, B vitamins and tryptophan, which can help to decrease stress. Pumpkin seeds are easy to eat by themselves, cooked in spices, or even tossed in salads.
While broccoli may not be your first choice, it is great for the mind! Broccoli can be easily eaten cold with dip or cooked in a variety of dishes. Broccoli contains vitamin K, which contributes to cognitive functions.
Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids that help the brain to function better, and promote long term health. Fish may not be readily available on campus, but is a great choice when grocery shopping or dining out.
Spinach has many benefits (though, sadly, not instant muscle growth as Popeye would lead you to believe). Spinach contains folic acid, which can help to reverse memory loss. It is easy to access and can be incorporated into many different recipes. You can have it in salad, omelettes, or even smoothies.
Visit I Breathe, I'm Hungry for a quick and easy recipe for a spinach omelette!
Your mother wasn't lying, apples are good for you and, even better, they're a quick sweet snack! Apples, particularly the peels, enhance memory functions due to the presence of antioxidants.