Brain food you won’t feel guilty eating
When you are studying hard and need a boost, what do you reach for? For many students, it’s packets of biscuits, frozen pizzas and chocolate bars all washed down with big mugs of coffee and fizzy drinks. There is some logic to this: you feel as if your body needs an injection of fat, sugar and caffeine to keep it going. These things do give you a temporary lift, but they send you crashing down again soon after. They also have a tendency to make your waistline bigger, as well as wreak havoc on your brain.
You can feed those grey cells without feeling guilty. These foods will help keep you going while you revise, and will help your brain work at its best too.
It might be boring, but it is true: a slice of granary toast is much better for your brain than a slice of cake. The latter will make you feel great for five minutes, but once the sugar high wears off, you will feel sluggish and not much like studying at all. Whole grains release their energy slowly, keeping you alert for longer. Whole grains also have a high folate content, which helps increase blood flow to the brain and therefore brain function; and they contain thiamine, which helps improve memory.
Eggs contain a nutrient called choline, which helps keep the brain healthy and helps improve memory. Eggs are also a healthy source of protein, which you need to keep your energy levels up as you study. Eggs are packed with high-quality, low-calorie protein that will help ward off hunger pangs as you study. Eating eggs every day has been shown to help keep the mind healthy in the long-term and the short – an egg for breakfast could help you study better now and in the future.
Nuts and Seeds
When you’re studying at Uni, you need foods you can snack easily over the course of the day. Nuts and seeds are ideal, much better than the usual crisps and chocolate. They are full of fatty acids that help keep the brain functioning well and you thinking clearly. Flax seeds are one of the best, containing alpha-linolenic acid, which targets the cerebral cortex - Gandhi swore by them.
All tea contains brain-friendly antioxidants, but green tea has more than black tea. It is also much lower in caffeine. Swapping black tea for green will help you avoid the caffeine crash and clear your mind so you can study better. Green tea even has an anti-depressant effect – great if you have got the study blues and need a lift. Remember that if you’re too busy studying to even think about fixing up these for yourself, you can always nip down to one of Scape’s excellent restaurants and have a big bowl of noodles or a snack from our Deli Café. Mmmm, delicious!