By: Abby Snelling
Finals are officially here. The stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights are here. Since your brain will be working overtime for the next week and a half, it’s important to make sure you are doing everything you can to make your finals week a success! While we can’t always be super healthy, especially during crunch time and the midnight munchies when you are stranded in Bird, these little foods can help you perform better and get those A’s. Luckily, we have some super yummy and easy brain foods that will help take the edge off your overwhelmed, overworked brain and help you study better, focus better, and power through the next week and a half!
Super high in antioxidants, this is one of the best brain foods for memory! Sprinkle it on your oatmeal, some apple slices, or on your afternoon latte! It’s a sweet spicy flavor that will have you memorizing those calc equations like a pro!
Congrats coffee fanatics, you now have another reason to guzzle coffee by the gallon. It helps improve cognitive ability because of the antioxidants in the coffee beans. And by coffee, we mean actual coffee, not the super sugary Starbucks concoctions that are more like a milkshake than a midmorning pick me up!
Abundant in antioxidants, blueberries will boost your memory as well! Put them in a fruit salad, a smoothie, or simply sprinkle some on some yogurt for breakfast to get the full effect!
This is one of my personal favorites because it does so much for you! Green tea not only boosts your metabolism, but it also contains lots of good antioxidants that help your brain function, while another ingredient L-theanine relaxes you.
An apple a day keeps the low grades away-atleast we like to think so! Fiber and antioxidant rich apples make us feel fuller for longer (less study interruptions) and also improve cognitive ability.
Got nuts for nuts! Almonds, walnuts, and cashews… oh, my! – all of these raw nuts are great for maintaining cognitive function and also a very easy snack to take anywhere. Just be careful because nuts are high in fat, which can be good in small amounts, but can help you pack on the pounds when you go overboard!
As if you needed another reason to indulge in this delicious goodness! Like all the foods listed above, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants to aid in memory function. There is also a bit of caffeine in it which can help increase focus and energy without making you too “shaky” with too much caffeine.
Overall, foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids (fish, nuts), caffeine (tea, coffee, chocolate), antioxidants (dark skinned fruits), and healthy oils (EVOO, coconut oil), and dark, leafy greens stimulate cognitive processes. These foods are also good for overall health in general.
Of course, during this taxing, dark time of finals week, we must also remember to feed our souls. Treat yourself to your favorite food that lift your spirits to keep you emotionally fueled to the end of finals. Sometimes, when you are crammed in a cubicle in Bird, Calio’s or Varsity simply is calling out to you, and that’s totally okay. You are working hard, and you deserve to treat yourself. Just keep these healthy snack foods in mind in case you are looking to watch what you are eating!
Drink water, get sleep, and remember to relax. In the end, they are just tests. All-nighters do nothing for you, your body, or your grades. So prepare, plan ahead, and try to survive till winter break!