If you’ve been following this blog, you will be familiar with our opinion that what you eat can affect your mental performance and ultimately your grades. But studying is boring – we get it. It’s tough to keep reading when you’re feeling hungry. Snacking increases when we study. But it is all too easy to send yourself on a weight-gaining blood sugar rollercoaster. This must be avoided. So here are some amazing snack ideas involving food that is good for your brain.
Celery and Hummus
Hummus is a Greek dip made from chickpeas and Tahini. It is full of protein and good fats. Contrary to what the diet industry will tell you, these good vegetable fats will kill your craving for bad fats and actually help you maintain a healthy body weight. Hummus goes great with any raw veg. Raw veg contains more vitamins than cooked and all this great nutrition actually helps to beat stress. Celery is the classic hummus combo but why not try broccoli, cauliflower or carrot?
This is a delicious idea I got from a raw food website. Take an avocado (full of the good fat your brain needs to function well), scoop out the green flesh and add grated carrot – perhaps a bit of mayo and wrap it up in a cabbage leaf. This snack is full of all the fatty acids your brain needs to work at optimal levels.
Walnuts are full of Trytophans which are the precursors for essential brain chemicals such as serotonin. So just eating walnuts is great. But why not mix it up in a great tasting Waldorf Salad? Just take apples or pears, walnuts and celery, mix it up with a little salt pepper and mayo. And don’t forget mayo is a good source of fatty acids in moderation so don’t feel guilty about that. Waldorf Salad – it’s the sort of dish that sounds horrible but it really works.