Have you ever found it difficult to unglue yourself from the couch after an overflowing plate of spaghetti? Or noticed how badly you need a nap after eating that turkey sandwich made from that thick Italian loaf? Refined carbs like pasta and white bread are known to be bad for your health, but not many realize eating these foods lead to fatigue and lethargy. Choosing whole grain pasta, bread, crackers, oatmeal and other snacks will also lead to a better memory, making studying an easier task.
Looking for an energy boost and a way to satisfy a sweet tooth? Dark chocolate kills two birds with one stone. In fact, the darker the chocolate, or higher percentage of cacao it contains, the more benefits it has. This sweet treat is antioxidant-rich, improving focus and concentration. Dark chocolate also contains theobromine, which brightens moods. And, as this isn’t our first finals rodeo, we all know that we could use all the good vibes we can get.
Finals can make an average studier go nuts. Nuts such as almonds and walnuts provide good oxygen flow to the brain, increasing mental alertness and ability to retain information. An added benefit is they are easily transportable. Just throw a serving size of pistachios in a plastic bag and snack on them between study guides to keep hunger at bay. The high level of iron and fatty-acids they contain will also help brain function.
You’ve heard it once, twice, a handful of times, and now, you’re going to hear it again. Blueberries do wonders for learning capability. Yes, they contain numerous health benefits, but many do not know that this fruit can also build a better memory retention, a faster learner and a sharper thinker. Studies have also shown that the high level of antioxidants in blueberries help decrease stress, something all students could use during the next few days of long study hours, 10-page papers and tests every other hour of the day.
Study sessions can last for hours, perhaps even all night. While the library is usually packed during finals week, most won’t want to lose a decent study spot for the sake of hunger pains. An egg or two for dinner will leave your stomach satisfied instead of rumbling. One egg is full of nutrients, antioxidants, six grams of protein and less than 100 calories depending on how it is cooked. This is another beauty of the food. Whether it is fried, boiled, poached or sunny-side up, eggs are one of the best ways to start or end a day full of hitting the books.