Does all this studying about teeth, the body, and the brain make you want to fuel it? Here is a list of some great study snacks to keep you fired up.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pistachios) and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, and flax) are packed with nutrients that help keep you sharp. Omega-3s have been shown repeatedly to increase brain health and function. Protein and fiber will keep you satiated and keep your blood sugar from spiking, preventing a sugar crash later. Nuts and seeds contain nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and selenium. Many contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects that will help with long-term health!
Craving something sweet? Yet another reason to munch down on a handful of berries. Many are loaded with antioxidants. The fiber balances the sweet making them a better choice than gummies or candy. Many contain tons of vitamins (strawberries have a lot of vitamin C), as well as anti-inflammatory properties like nuts. Combining the two leads to double the power!
Good news! Dark chocolate (with a high percentage of cocoa) is full of fiber, magnesium, iron, copper and other minerals. These all help to promote healthy blood flow. Typically, dark chocolate has a low dose of caffeine, making it a great pick me up. Be sure to select types that are low in sugar and enjoy in moderation.
One of the easiest snacks to get your hands on. Usually they are inexpensive, and this delicious fruit is high in potassium, vitamins B6 and C, magnesium and manganese. They have been shown to aid in digestion, improve mood and reduce stress. Just don’t squish one in your bag or slip on the peel!
Avocados will never stop being a super food. They are known for harboring vitamins C, K, E, B5 and B6, as well as potassium and folate. Avocados are high in fat, but not the bad kind. They are also celebrated for anti-inflammatory effects and for being high in fiber. Guacamolar anyone?
Try to avoid….
Many foods are great in moderation, but if you’re feeling low or variable energy levels consider eliminating these foods while studying.
- Energy drinks
- Candy/Sweets or foods high in sugar
- Highly processed or fast foods
- Foods very high in salt
What’s you’re study snack recipe? Send a photo and ingredients to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Dr. Kerri Lyons