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