Snacking for Students - Good, healthy food is important for every human, but for students, it’s a necessity. More often than not, grabbing a bag of sliders or tacos is the norm for students who have to juggle classes, assignments and other activities. And even if you’re a student who takes classes online, finding the time to cook is still tough.
But not to worry—with a few simple ingredients, you can make dishes that feed your body and allow you to keep on your academic grind. From breakfast to dinner, you can make your own delicious brain food.
Morning munchies for mind motivation
If you need a cup of coffee to jumpstart your day, you’re in luck: coffee is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Of course, the caffeine doesn’t hurt either—though too much caffeine can trigger an addiction, so be mindful of how much you drink. And loading it with cream and sugar just adds calories, so sweeten your java lightly. For sustenance, consider oatmeal with blueberries: both oatmeal and blueberries give you protein and complex carbs that will give you energy for your morning.
Sharp midday meals
Dark leafy greens and fish like canned salmon and tuna are filling and can be whipped into a quick salad. Fish is a great source of lean protein, and leafy greens are packed iron, calcium and a host of other vitamins and nutrients. If you’re not a meat-eater, you can substitute beans and legumes like lentils. Soybeans are another great source of protein: you can find frozen edamame (unshelled soybeans) in most grocers’ freezers and snack on them throughout the day.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time cooking to make yummy dinners that provide brain power. Fish fillets can be dressed up with a little olive oil and lemon. And pasta with a simple tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes is loaded with the antioxidant lycopene, which has been studied for its possible protection against free radical brain cell damage. Finally, whole grains like wheat berries and quinoa are packed with protein and fiber. Those two grains will give you more energy to keep going; they’ll also keep you “going,” which is important, too!
You can’t go wrong if you trade your cheese puffs and potato chips for raw fruits and veggies like carrots, cherry and grape tomatoes, and broccoli. Instead of store-bought ranch dip, whip some chickpeas (also high in fiber and protein). Nuts are a great snack—full of healthy fats, protein and fiber— just a handful can satisfy your before-dinner cravings. Be careful with snacking on nuts, though, since even healthy fat can cause weight gain.
While all of these foods are healthy, moderation is key: you won’t become a genius by overindulging in any of these foods. If you have allergies, you should look for foods that can offer the same benefits. Maintaining a healthy diet isn’t just good for your brain; it’s also good for your body. Take care of your body and your brain, and they’ll take care of you.