Once we're past spring break - we're really in the home stretch here with all eyes on spring flings and graduation and finals and arghhhhh. It's a hard time to keep it all together and you MUST make sure you're taking care of yourself. You don't want to be either starving or eating tons of unhealthy takeout because neither is good for you (or your brain) but what choice do you have? Well, we've got your back. We've got the pick of the crop for the best things to eat for study time.
BEST FOR: Concentration
You'll be pleased to know that your routine early morning coffee on the way to your lectures is actually helping! Coffee actually improves mental abilities, so that latte is not only tasty but it's giving you the boost to start taking on revision.
Studying at home? You NEED to try avocado chocolate pudding. Both avocados and dark chocolate are foods famed for aiding concentration and put together - they're match made in 3pm treat Heaven! Why? Avocados enhance blood flow which fires up your brain cells and the dark chocolate releases endorphins and serotonin that make you feel good! Basically, if you're feeling sad and you want chocolate pudding, this one's actually good for you. Get the recipe below:
BEST FOR: Stress relief
Feeling like your chakras are totally out of whack, notes getting out of control on your desk? We feel your pain. Stress is hard to deal with in college but you can help yourself out by eating a little bit more Omega-3 fatty acids that help to rebuild brain cells. Tuna, salmon and pretty much most other fish are great for concentration. One of our favorite recipes is for tuna burgers because they're so versatile. You can add in sweet potato and whatever herbs and spices you like!
BEST FOR: Snack attacks
The attack of the snacks. The time where you really, really just want to buy that sharing pack of M&Ms and eat them ALL. We've all been there. It's amazing from the first bite until the last but then you have the mother of all sugar crashes and end up online shopping instead of studying? WHOOPS. This is the time that you need some healthy snacks on hand to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Our favorite snack-fix for this has to be frozen yogurt blueberries, perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, Vitamin C (to fight the dreaded mid-semester flu) and fiber to help keep you fuller for longer. Just coat each blueberry in a load of your fave yogurt, place on a baking tray and freeze if there's any room in your freezer, that is! Keep them in a zip-lock bag and munch when needed.
Do you need a savory hit instead? A small handful of seasoned nuts will do the trick.
BEST FOR: Fast food
Craving bread and loads of fatty foods? This means you're deficient in Nitrogen and you need to stock up on high protein foods such as meat, fish and eggs! All the more reason for that bacon and egg sandwich - just cut off the fat and use a low-calorie cooking spray for frying and you'll slash your calorie intake and crush those cravings. Awesome, right?
Well, we could stay here and chat food all day but you guys have got some work to do. Happy studying guys, you'll do great!
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