Great news to all you snackers out there! I have long been a fan of eating while studying, and you’ll be happy to know that the term “brain food” actually has some scientific basis.
Your brain’s fuel of choice is glucose, a simple sugar and energy source that helps us run at our peak, both physically and mentally. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep your brain sharp as you age, and there is even some evidence that they help alleviate developmental and psychiatric disorders. Finally, vitamins and minerals keep your brain functioning at peak performance, and will even help protect your brain from damage to some degree.
Next time you are feeling peckish and mentally sluggish, try munching on the following foods for a mental pick-me-up. They can help improve concentration, memory, and focus! Just remember my “Four Foods for Focus”.
Cody’s Four Foods for Focus:
- Whole grains: Good for their complex carbohydrates, which your body translates into the all-important glucose, try snacking on anything from Kashi. This brand is dedicated to making yummy, all-natural, seven-grain foods including cereals, snack bars, crackers, and even cookies!
- Fish: High in Omega-3 fatty acids, health experts recommend eating fish twice a week. Although it can be a pretty difficult food to snack on, having some smoked salmon on your whole-wheat bagel or crackers definitely does the trick. And no, Goldfish crackers do not count.
- Trail Mix: Nuts and dark chocolate are full vitamin E and antioxidants, so keep a bowl of trail mix handy while you’re at your desk. Making your own mix with a blend of unsalted almonds, walnuts, peanuts, brazil nuts, pecans, and dark chocolate chips is a delicious way to feed your mind and body.
- Fruit: Full of natural sugars, meaning glucose, eating or drinking fruit can give you an immediate, short-term boost in memory, thinking processes, and mental ability. Any fruit is fair game, although the richer the color (like berries and pomegranates), the better.