Cooking for Stud-ies
‘Looks like it’s that time of year again: what is known as the infamous “final stretch” in the academic world... This is when apparel standards drop, coffee becomes oxygen and all social life is extinct for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Alas, there is no need to despair for help is closer than you think: simply making a few adjustments in your nutritional habits can benefit your memory and concentration greatly. Student or not, here are some of the best foods for thought for stressful times as well as everyday feasts. Included in many foods, monounsaturated fats can help prevent plaque build-up which in turn increases the blood flow to the brain and ensures maximum brain performance. One good example is eggs which contain a nutrient essential to memory, thought and overall cognitive function called Choline. The Starfrit Super-Fast Eggbeater is great for including eggs in your daily menu effortlessly. Another carrier of these “good fats” is the avocado. As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, avocados have a wide range of health benefits which include a high percentage of monounsaturated fats. The Avocado Tool can turn this fruit into a convenient paste or into slices in no time. There are many other cognitive benefits offered in the foods we eat. For example, broccoli contains folic acid, a B vitamin which, according to several studies, acts as an antidepressant by supporting our noradrenaline and serotonin (hormones linked to good mood) receptors. It is also filled with vitamin K which significantly lowers the risks of Alzheimer’s. A positive attitude and enhanced memory are both crucial to academic and professional success. For the best vegetable texture and taste, make sure to use the Vegetable Steamer. As mentioned earlier, coffee takes a predominant role this time of year because of the jolting effect of caffeine. However, caffeine can also be found in green tea, only it is delivered differently to the body. While coffee feeds caffeine to the blood stream all at once, tea provides it more evenly over a longer period of time. This way, you stay awake and alert longer. However, to yield as much caffeine from tea leaves as coffee, tea drinkers must either generously steep the tea or use a large amount of tea leaves. This is because caffeine is entirely derived from the leaves and it does not dissolve in warm water as smoothly as with coffee. Easily add as many tea leaves as desired with the Silicone Tea Infuser. Finally, another go-to brain food is nuts. Specifically, walnuts are filled with DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid linked to improved cognitive performance in adults. Additionally, both almonds and hazelnuts are a high source of vitamin E which contributes greatly in enhancing memory and suppressing the effects of age-related cognitive decline. Always carry nuts around as a nutritional snack in these convenient, air-tight sealed Lock & Lock Containers.