We often neglect our body and brains when we work hard or are studying for exams. Yet these pressurised times are when our body requires extra-special care, especially good food! Here are some healthy snack ideas to support your body and brains through intense study times.
- Vegetables and fruit are nature’s power-packed quick snacks. Besides the convenience of peeling a banana or crunching into an apple, fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and healthy sugar which your body uses as energy.
- Berries are known to help memory and focus. They are also full of vitamin C. So, just rinse your berries and let studying be a great excuse for those yummy, memory-aiding delights!
- Whole grains are brilliant for energy. Slow releasing low GI foods give you a sustainable energy supply, helping your concentration levels. A quick slice of wholegrain bread toasted with some peanut butter or cream cheese makes a quick, healthy, whole grain snack.
- Nuts and seeds are wonderful brain food. Walnuts, for example are high in vitamin E and Omega-3 – both vital for brain function, and pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, which helps memory and thinking skills. There is also no preparation needed, making them a very convenient brain food!
- Oily fish, such as salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel are naturally high in Omega-3, a ‘good’ fatty acid that is vital for brain function. These fish make tasty dinners during exam time, but if you want a quick snack, sardines on toast or a good organic egg are also sources of ‘good’ fats that give your body energy and keep the cogs in your mind well-oiled for all the learning you need to do. If you are not a fish fan, then you may want to take a good Omega-3 supplement like A.Vogel’s Veg-Omega.
- Did you know that your brain is made up of 75% water? It is always important to keep hydrated, so pour yourself a jug of water in the morning and leave it on your desk! If you struggle to drink plain water, add some cucumber, apple or lemon slices to it for some flavour.
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