Eat Your Way Through Finals Week

Finals: arguably the second worst week of the semester behind midterm week. It's common knowledge everyone is stressed, sleepless and exhausted. Preparing for finals feels like running a marathon with much to do and barely an end in sight. Aside from solely focusing on cramming material into our brains, there are more enjoyable ways we can prepare for the week ahead. Make sure to feed your brain with the right foods in addition to the right information! Here are some of the best foods to incorporate into your finals week for success:

Avocados

Avocados are rich in good fats, potassium and B vitamins, allowing them to lower blood pressure and stress.

Blueberries

Blueberries are good for the brain as they have been proven to improve learning capacity. These berries also contain antioxidants and phytochemicals for mental sharpness. 

Broccoli

The vitamin K in broccoli has been shown to have a positive effect on cognitive function.

Citrus

When studied, citrus such as oranges, lemons and limes show to improve mood. Simply add them to your water and continue drinking throughout the day for hydration and an enhanced mood so that you can study longer and more effectively.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is also known to decrease stress levels and boost mood because of its antioxidants and flavanoids. The small amount of caffeine in cacao can also add an extra energy kick.

Whole Grains

Eat whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and oats for the best kind of energy your brain and entire body need. Whole grains will give you plenty of energy from their glucose levels as well as improve attention span.

If you can, add in some of these foods to each of your meals for the taste and all the benefits.

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