We all know that whenever it comes to studying; either for a test or End-of-Term exams, having a snack to eat is as important as having the textbooks we need to study. Whether you’re the type of person that eats during studying or you prefer to take breaks and have a snack- we all have a distracting hunger at some point during that must be diminished.
But have you ever considered about what you want to eat and what you should eat during your studies? Are you aware that there are foods that not only increase your mental alertness, but can also enhanced memory function and improve your ability to recall information. As incredible as this sounds, the first thing some of you may think is that it’s probably the disgusting, healthy veggies that no one wants to eat, especially during studies. Well, while there are some fruits and veggies that do this, there’s also some interesting snacks you just might be into.
So all you fruit lovers, an apple a day doesn’t only keep the doctor away; but it also helps you improve your study habits and academic performance (YAY!). The peel of the apple includes a powerful antioxidant called quercetin that enhances your memory function, which is helpful especially for those last minute crams. Combine your daily apple with a plan for how to study effectively, and you can look forward to receiving better grades in your report book.
2) Nuts/ Peanut Butter:
Feel free to go nuts whenever you feel like it. Seriously. They’re proven to reduce stress and help keep your brain memory running as it should. Almonds and hazelnuts are particularly good sources of vitamin E; and pistachios, and walnuts contain high levels of essential fatty acids that helps your brain perform at its best. As an added benefit, nuts contain protein, iron and also provides oxygen to the brain which increases your mental alertness and helps with memory retrieval. A minimum of one ounce of nuts per day is recommended for optimal brain health; as you only really need a handful or two.
3) Dark Chocolate:
Now don’t go raiding the fridge for every piece of chocolate in there and then tell yourself it will help with your studies. No, please don’t. Dark chocolate in particular, eaten in MODERATION is beneficial to your studies; as this provides antioxidants and helps with natural stimulation, improves memory and also by increases blood flow to the brain, increasing alertness and clarity. Dark chocolate can also help with the production of endorphin, which helps you conquer your tasks while boosting your mood.
4) Trail Mix/ Granola Bars:
This is probably the most healthy popular snack anyone would eat without any complaints. Trail mix or granola bars are enjoyed by almost everyone, and it has its benefits to eat during your studies as well. They both contain oatmeal, which is high in fiber and protein. They may also contain some sort of berries or currents, which not only reduces the level of toxins in your bloodstream, but they also contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that improve blood flow to the brain and boost mental performance.
5) Greek Yogurt:
All you yogurt fans out there can now celebrate knowing that you can have one of your favourite snacks help you through those stressful study times. Greek yogurt is high in protein but low in sugar, and it’s a snack that will sustain you as well as curb your hunger. It can also contains calcium and probiotics and give you two times the amount of protein than regular yogurt, allowing your body to produce stamina and energy.
6) String Cheese:
Another favourite and lovable snack that everyone enjoys. This may be a preferred snack for studies as you can combine the cheese with other things such as Crix or fruits; or just have a little fun peeling away at the cheese while you’re eating it. Besides the benefits of dairy contain protein and calcium; Studies have shown that people who regularly have dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt score better on tests of mental ability than people who never, or rarely, consume dairy.
Keep in mind however, as much as we may love some of these snacks, they should be eaten in moderation. Don’t eat large amounts in order to extend your break time or because you are very hungry- remember these are suppose to be snacks. If you are truly hungry then take into consideration eating a meal instead of a snack.