Fuel for thought
At a Glance: A quick hunger fix doesn’t have to be a candy bar. Turn to yogurt, mixed nuts or a bar of dark chocolate for a healthier, energizing snack.
When you’re busy, tired and stressed, it’s easy to reach for easy food. But that candy bar or soda will only give you a momentary boost. Luckily, science has decoded some energy-rich, adult alternatives to classic snack cravings — and most are already in your kitchen.
- A handful of blueberries
- A mug of green tea
- A cup of yogurt
- A few mixed nuts
- Plenty of water
- A bar of dark chocolate
Sugary snacks have nothing on this sweet super food! Research suggests that the flavonoids in blueberries help students encode memories — and berries keep your blood sugar balanced for a steady surge of energy. As a bonus, this fresh fruit has the bite-sized convenience of chips or candy.
Another flavonoid-rich food, this lightly caffeinated, all-natural brew has been shown to help increase cognitive function and energy. Sip it between coffee breaks for a healthier study buzz.
Grab a spoon and hit the books! Researchers have found that yogurt’s probiotics increase healthy brain activity and reduce stress — perfect for writing that late-night term paper.
Nuts and seeds are rich in the potent antioxidant vitamin E, which has been linked to protecting memory. The mix of proteins and healthy fats will keep up your energy. Tip: The lightly salted variety can take care of potato chip cravings.
Thirsty? Dehydration levels as low as one percent can cause fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating. Luckily, the cure is as close as your kitchen sink.
And just in case you needed an excuse to indulge, research shows that cocoa flavanols boost memory in adults. (As if you could ever forget creamy, delicious chocolate.)