Second semester is in full swing, which means a lot of late night studying. But before anyone pulls out the coffee and sugary drinks, take a look at these brain boosting foods that give students the energy to study without causing them to crash.
“Good brain-boosting food includes protein rich foods such as eggs, nuts, yogurt and cottage cheese,” school nurse Vickie Rogers said. She also recommends trail mix, nuts and granola bars for study snacks as they have lots of protein.
Some Wa-Hi seniors shared their favorite foods to munch on while they study. “I like to eat popcorn while I study,” senior Clarissa Vance said. According to “The World’s Healthiest Foods,” depending on how it is prepared, popcorn can be a healthy snack. Some salt and olive oil is the recommended way to prepare popcorn.
“I like to eat pretzel chips while I study,” senior Julia Kajita said. In her article “10 Healthy (& Yummy) Study Snacks,” author Jamie Blynn states pretzels offer the same salty goodness as chips, but are much healthier.
“I would have to say eating an apple helps to keep me going,” senior Loreen Herrera said. In Lauren Medwid’s article “The Best Study Snacks for Finals,” apples make great study snacks as they are full of vitamin C, fiber and potassium.
According to Rogers, it is more important to know what food to avoid. She suggests not eating cookies, cakes, muffins, candy and chocolate — anything with refined sugar. “These kinds of foods send you on a sugar high and then abruptly send you into a sugar low, which then makes you tired and unable to focus.”
Rogers also suggests limiting the consumption of caffeinated drinks. For those who can’t live without coffee, one cup wouldn’t be the end of the world. “Drink just one cup and don’t add a bunch of sugar,” Rogers said. “Some studies have shown that a cup of coffee 30 minutes before a test can actually sharpen your brain and have positive effects on tests. More than one cup of coffee, studies show, has the opposite effect.”
Healthy snacks and studying aren’t the only things that help students out on finals. “It is important to eat breakfast before exams,” Rogers said. “Your brain needs energy to function and it is hard to concentrate on a test when your stomach is growling.”
For breakfast Nurse Vickie suggests eggs and toast, oatmeal, whole grain cereal or whole grain bread with peanut butter.
With these tasty tips, get the most out of studying and start finals out right.