Midterms are the worst. There are no "ifs", "ands", or "buts" about it— they suck. They say, "It shouldn't be that hard, all you have to do is study a little right?" Wrong. Midterm season can not only cause lack of sleep and over caffeination, but it can also cause some of us to stress eat. Which could mean stuffing our faces with whatever food is in our vicinity (or maybe that's just for me).
This midterm season, I am determined to only fill my body with foods that are going to help me get that 4.0. I've complied a list of foods that will help ward off illness and keep your mind sharp all through #midtermszn.
Not only is dark chocolate better for you than milk chocolate, it can also help you focus. It can also give you a boost of natural caffeine and can release endorphins, which make you feel good and help you destress.
Although it may be hard to find in your on-campus dining halls, having a fatty/oily fish like salmon for lunch or dinner will not only keep you full for longer, but it can also help improve your concentration and boost your mood, which, let's be honest, during midterms is usually impossible.
Some nuts, like walnuts, almonds, and pistachios have the same magical powers as fish. Nuts have essential fatty acids that help your brain power at its highest level. They also help your alterness and ability to retain information.
#SpoonTip: Nuts have been proven to boost your energy so try them as a mid-studing snack.
Refined carbs like white bread and pasta can leave you feeling sleepy, but whole grains can enhance your memory and boost your energy levels. Whole grain pasta or avocado toast on whole wheat bread are the perfect meal options to have before your all-nighter in the library.
#SpoonTip: Try avocado toast for breakfast the day of your exam so that you are full and focused.
Chewing gum while you're studying can help you focus more, gives you a boost of energy, and makes you more alert. Chewing gum during a test has also been shown to help test-takers focus more.