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The Best Study Snacks and Brain Food


Popcorn is an easy and clean snack to eat while on the computer typing a paper, doing flashcards, or writing notes. Not only is it delicious and won’t get your laptop or notebook dirty, but healthy whole grains like brown rice, whole grain bread, oatmeal and even popcorn contain fibers and vitamins that improve the brain’s blood flow and help with memory. That’s right, eating popcorn can actually help you remember facts for your tests. Popcorn fills you up and is a delicious and nutritious way to prep your brain for midterms!


Salmon contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids which are necessary for brain function. Salmon is usually eaten with utensils, so you won’t get your fingers dirty for when you go back to that grind. Plus, it’s an amazing excuse to go out and get sushi for a study break.

Nuts/Trail Mix

Most nuts contain high amounts of omega-3 acid which, as I mentioned above, helps the brain function well, and vitamin E which helps prevent age related cognitive decline. Nuts are also fairly clean on the table and fingers, so you keep your notes clean. Plus,they fill you up, so you aren’t focusing on anything besides your materials.


Eggs, in any style, hard boiled, scrambled, fried, all of them, contain something that helps your brain produce a neurotransmitter that may be important for maintaining memory and communication among brain cells. You can also customize your eggs however you would like. You can add ketchup, cheese, or even other proteins and greens for an extra energy boost.


Believe it or not, Chipotle is actually one of the best combinations for a study snack out there. Brown rice contains fibers and vitamins that improve the brain’s blood flow and help with memory. Chicken contains protein which will keep you full of energy for a night of studying. The avocados in the guac have tons of fatty acids which keeps the brain’s blood cells healthy. Beans help to stabilize glucose levels which keeps you from getting tired. Lettuce and other leafy greens protect you against age related cognitive issues, while also preventing fatigue and sleepiness.


Hi I'm Cami Chaikin. I am an undergrad theatre major at the University of Denver. I love fashion, animals, being outside, and theatre. 
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