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Food for Thought

Posted Oct 27 2010 5:19am

Morning bloggies,

I wish I had more exciting stories and beautiful lakeside photographs to share with you, but I’m stuck in study-mode right now so my environment has largely resembled this:

Whenever I’m studying/working on an assignment at home I always have a movie playing in the background. This seems to keep me from being bored, and it allows me to take ‘micro-breaks.’  My trick is to use a movie that I know by heart so that I can follow along in the back of my mind without being curious as to how it ends. Today’s movie was Alfie. I love Law/Miller. This picture says it all:

I wish. Arc likes a designer shirt here and there but there’s no way he’d go for Men’s Vogue ;)

When I’m not studying at home I like to hightail it to the nearest café. There’s something about studying in a cloud of roasted coffee bean fumes that makes me feel more productive and slightly less sorry for myself ;)

Speaking of, there’s something I’ve got to tell my fellow cocoa lovers. What if there was more to the expression “food for thought?” What if I told you that there are certain foods your brain likes to munch on during study-time. What if I told you that dark chocolate is high, high up on that list.

Got your attention. I knew I’d have you at the end!!

Food for Thought: snacks to fuel your studying
  • First of all, brains are permanently on a carbohydrate-only diet (lucky things.) Your brain needs carbs to function, so make sure you’re feeding it the right kind of carbs. I’m talking oats, brown rice and whole grains.
  • While your brain munches on those yummy complex carbs, you can improve neuron growth and activity by providing them with omega-threes. Fatty foods also work wonders at keeping you full so that you won’t be making trips to the fridge or pouncing on brownies at the café. I reach for fatty fish, like salmon, nuts and flax.
  • Fruit is rich in antioxidants, but perhaps none so much as the antioxidant wonder-child the blueberry – actually nicknamed the brain berry. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables inhibit free radicals – plus they taste wonderful.
  • Pure dark chocolate. Now, this doesn’t mean you should reach for the snickers. We’re talking the quality unprocessed stuff, which also contains antioxidants and a dash of perky caffeine.

On mornings when I have essays to complete, chapters to read and exams to study for, I reach for this hearty bowl that features everything I listed above. It’ll keep your thinker and your tastebuds happy way into lunch. {Which will feature brown rice, steamed kale and salmon. Okay?}

Brain Booster Bowl

This delicious, hearty breakfast bowl is as important to your study routine as hitting the books. It’s loaded with brain-food complex carbohydrates, omega-3′s, antioxidants and tastes delicious to boot. Enjoy!

In the Bowl:

  • 2/3 cups oat bran
  • 2 tbsp organic ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen) to garnish
  • Optional: organic cocoa nibs, to garnish
  • Reader suggestion: Add cinnamon! Studies have shown that the spicy smell alone is enough to boost memory retention and brain activity.

  • What is your study routine?
  • What foods do you eat during exam crunch-time?
I’ll finally have a break from all this work at 5:00 today. I am looking forward to being able to post without feeling guilty about wasted time, and I have some really intense news to share with you then about Arc and I. (No, no engagement. Unfortunately we’ve got a rough patch coming =\) But more on that, and the recipe for the cookies I’ve been devouring to comfort myself, tomorrow.

xoxo! {Haha, GG on the brain? I think so}

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