Smart Food: 5 Ways to eat your way to good grades

Have you ever sat at a computer surrounded by all your favourite snacks and wondered why you just can’t concentrate?

Well it might have something to do with what you’re putting into your mouth.

Eating food – for a lot of students – is a good way to distract yourselves from the doom of approaching deadlines but if you’re a little bit more selective with what you eat, it could all work in your favour!

Try adding these 5 foods to your daily diet and see if it makes a difference.

1, Oily fish

Treat yourself to a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich at lunchtime and you would have typed up a storm by dinner! This is because Oily fish such as Tuna, Mackerel and Salmon contain healthy  group of fatty acids called omega-3. One of which is called docosahexaenoic acid (or simply DHA for the rest of us) which can drastically improve your ability to learn and is important in helping your brain function normally.

Which is probably something you need, especially if you’ve watched Get Out this weekend!

[Read: review of get out]

2, Spinach me up son!

Get your hands on dark leafy greens such as spinach (kale and broccoli are also good) to boost your levels of Vitamin E.

Vitamin E helps your brain by essentially acting as a security guard against free radicals, that cause damage by ‘stealing’ electrons which might undo all the hard work you did by eating that tuna sandwich.

Just half a cup of spinach has 25% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin E but you don’t have to get through a whole bag of spinach a day, why not try adding some to your scrambled eggs or even as a pizza topping?

3, Turmeric

This earthy-tasting root has been used since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s used as a spice in many traditional Asian dishes such as Curry.

The magic ingredient is Curcumin which might actually help to increase your memory! There hasn’t been much research on it but any excuse to order a heart-warming curry is exactly what you need this exam season!

4, Banana

Forget apples, a banana a day is what you need!

Bananas are great because they provide all the good stuff your brain needs to work properly as well as regulating your mood and even your appetite!

Great news for those who get through way too many revision snacks than they care to admit.

It could even help to support your memory and help improve your focus.

Why don’t you try topping your morning bowl of oats with a chopped banana to get your fix?

Speaking of oats…

5, Oats

Oats are brilliant because they release energy really slowly.

It has to be the proper kind though, instant oats don’t do the same trick and can contain hidden sugars, so opt for Scottish or steel cut oats.

Eating a bowl in the morning not only keeps you fuller for longer but it also helps you focus better because it releases a more consistent amount of energy instead of a high surge then a low dip.

This one is for all the students that promised themselves that they’d become one of those morning revision type of people!

Pro Tip: Try adding other brain boosting foods such as berries or walnuts as a topping!

Snap a pic of your favourite revision snack and post it on Instagram or Twitter using #StudentlyStudents and you just might be featured on our Instagram page!

*Disclaimer: Any nutritional advice we’ve given you doesn’t replace the advice of a trained nutritionist! So nothing hasty until you’ve had a chit chat with your doctor.

By Rebecca Adeyeye
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