Exam season is here! Cue late nights, skipped meals, stress and junk food; all of which can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to concentration levels and brain function. It’s no wonder that exams can often leave our immune systems depleted!

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to boost your brainpower and set you up for exam success. So, if you are looking to nourish your noggin and ace your exams, be sure to incorporate these top brain-friendly foods into your diet to help…

Go Nuts For a Healthy Brain

Nuts are one the best foods for keeping our brain healthy, while also providing a slow release of energy; helping to ensure that you won’t suffer from the dreaded brain slump during exam time!

Nuts contain omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids; fats that our body cannot make but needs for brain development and optimal brain function.

Nuts are also a great source of vitamin E and B vitamins. Vitamin E is believed to potentially help prevent cognitive decline and B vitamins are important for mental focus, improved memory and mood.

Magnesium is a mineral that is important for reducing brain inflammation and normalising neurotransmitters and stress hormones. It can also help to improve sleep, which is vital for keeping our brain fresh and alert for exams and studying. Nuts are a great source of this mineral, so get chomping!

We love to nibble on nuts such as almonds, walnuts and cashews (especially walnuts and they look like little brains too!), as well as our Happy Pear snack bars.

Seedy Superheros

Did you know that our brain is made up of almost 60{0fe481e5d5419c51b4aab10bdf48162bddb47a23ae853c043333d0d149f928c3} fat? Just like nuts, seeds are a great source of the healthy fats our brain needs to function at its best. Linseeds (also known as flax seeds) in particular are high in omega 3 essential fatty acids, but they need to be milled first, so that their goodness can be properly absorbed by your body.

Seeds are also a good source of B vitamins and vitamin E. Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of zinc, which is a valuable mineral needed for thinking and memory skills.

We recommend including chia seeds, linseeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in your diet. Sprinkle them on your porridge, add them to a salad or even just grab a handful on the go, for a tasty and nourishing snack.

Brain-Boosting Berries

Goji berries are packed with noggin nourishment! These berries are native to China and have been eaten in Asia for years. They are packed with antioxidants, which can boost brain function and help protect our brain from the potentially harmful effects of free radicals. Goji berries are also a great source of vitamin C, which can help to keep your immune system healthy during exam time.

We like to mix Goji berries with some nuts and seeds for a tasty trail mix!

Cacao For Cramming

Regarded as a sacred plant by the Aztecs, cacao, also known as ‘the food of the gods’, is the plant from which chocolate originates. Said to contain forty times the antioxidants of blueberries, raw cacao also contains high amounts of brain-friendly magnesium and zinc, while also being a natural mood enhancer. So, it’s official- chocolate is good for us! Wahoo!

Try adding cacao powder or nibs to a smoothie for an additional nutritional boost or sprinkle them on some coconut yogurt for a decadent brain-healthy snack.

Feed Your Brain Fruit

All fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre, and dried fruit makes a quick and easy snack that also packs a nutritional punch for a healthy, happy brain. Dried dates, figs, apricots and sultanas all contain a good amount of fibre, which can help to keep your energy levels balanced and your tummy full, meaning you’ll be powered up to hit the books!

Dried figs in particular are a good source of potassium, a mineral that the nerves in your brain need to function properly. Dried figs also contain vitamin B-6, which can help your brain to produce neurotransmitters. Some neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, can help to regulate your mood. Manganese, a mineral important for keeping our brain healthy, is also found in figs.

Stay Healthy When Studying

Studying for exams doesn’t mean that your diet has to go out the window. Snack wisely and feed your brain all the goodness it needs to help your exams to be a walk in the park! If you are short on time and looking for a brainy snack, then why not pick up one of our Happy Pear snack bars! They are packed with all of these ingredients and make for a healthy, brain-friendly snack!

Good luck!!

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