What are the best study snacks?

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Coffee. Carbs. Red Bull. They’re the brain food of champions…right?

In search of cheap and convenient snack alternatives, the Learning Skills team asked MQ Exercise Physiologist Kitty Chao for her advice fuelling your next study session.

Kitty recommends:
Swapping chips –> popcorn
Craving salt & crunch? Air-popped popcorn is easy to make and far less calorie-dense than chips.

Swapping chocolate –> dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and natural stimulants that can help improve concentration by increasing blood flow to the brain.  Eating dark chocolate also releases endorphins, which have a positive effect on mood! Remember, the health benefits of chocolate increase with the percentage of cacao;  choose at least 70 per cent.

Swapping lollies –> berries
Not only are berries a sweet and convenient snack, they’re high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. These chemicals may help to boost mental performance by increasing blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain.
Pro tip: Dip berries in melted dark chocolate for double the snack power!

Swapping coffee –> green tea
Instead of going straight for a coffee fix during late-night study sessions, try making green tea. While coffee helps keep you awake, it also makes a lot of people shaky. Green tea contains the amino acid L-theanine, which will lift your energy and focus without the jitters.

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