Food for Thought

Is your grumbling stomach distracting you? Looking for something to give your studying a boost? Foods rich with antioxidants, good fats, protein, and vitamins and minerals benefit both our bodies and our minds. Whether you’re preparing for The Test or completing your homework, enriching your diet with “brain food” can help give you the headway and staying power you need.

You don’t have to relearn how to cook to mix in a few brain boosting foods. Adding a small detail to an established routine is much easier than changing your routine altogether. Including one extra ingredient can make a difference!

If you love the classic BLT, consider throwing a few slices of avocados into your sandwich. If salad is more your thing, avocados are an easy addition and will add good fats and satiation. If nothing else, be sure to order guacamole on Taco Tuesday.

Smoothies are a great snack when you’re on the go or don’t want to deal with pesky forks and knives. Blend in some blueberries for extra antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

Chia seeds are an easy and relatively unobtrusive addition to many foods—dust some over your oatmeal, yogurt, and muffins to benefit from their protein, fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3s. If a PBJ is your jam, just sprinkle a few chia seeds over the jelly.

Eggs are cheap and versatile and on countless lists of beneficial foods. If you’re into a scramble or omelet, heat the pan with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil rather than butter or margarine. You’ll get a meal full of protein with the added benefits of antioxidants and good fats.

If all else fails, grab a pack of trail mix while you’re out and about. Check for ingredients like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and almonds to ensure you’ll get the benefits of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

In case of a sweet-tooth emergency, dark chocolate can improve blood flow to the brain. If you want to go one step further, consider dark chocolate dipped in peanut butter for the added good fats and good feelings.

A little change to your daily diet can make a big difference!