Brain-Boosting Foods for Your GMAT Studies:

by on October 1st, 2016

11Eating healthy is always a win, but doing so before the GMAT scores bonus points. So put down the energy drinks and snack food. Here’s a sample menu that can keep your mind and body functioning at their best for the day before, and the day of, your GMAT date.

The night before your GMAT: Salmon with fresh spinach

Of all the fish out there, salmon has some of the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which have been proven to improve cognitive performance in adults. Try this protein-laden brain booster with a fresh spinach salad (or sauteed for a warmer meal) for a filling way to get Vitamins A and K.

The morning of your GMAT: Fruit and vegetable smoothie

Cool, delicious and mobile. Get a boost whenever you need it by making spinach- or kale-based smoothies, with ingredients like blueberry, cacao nibs, beets and/or ginger.

Blueberries, and other dark red or purple fruits, produce compounds called anthocyanins that are believed to . Cacao nibs are high in iron, beets produce tryptophan to help the mind relax and ginger settles the stomach—great for pre-exam nerves.

Snack during mid-GMAT break: Granola

Making granola is easy, delicious and is a great mix to eat alone or add to yogurt and berries. Adding walnuts can be especially great for the brain as they are loaded with DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Almonds have a high concentration of vitamin E, the intake of which is generally associated with reducing age-related cognitive decline. Seeds like pumpkin (full of magnesium, which calms the brain), flaxseed and chia are loaded with antioxidants, Omega-3s and iron, too.

Best of luck with your studies, and remember to take care of your body as well as your brain!

This post appeared first on the Economist GMAT Tutor blog.

1 comment

  • What a good idea to give some tips about nutrition also as the GMAT is a long test and it makes sense to have some good fuel for your body and to treat this like an athletic event for your mind. One of my favorite snacks that I think could be helpful to test takers is to make some energy boosting snack bars: Here's a simple recipe:

    1 cup Medjool dates- remove pits- pulse in food processor to a paste.
    1 cup nuts (I like pistachio)- take out the date paste or at least most of it and then pulse the nuts
    2 TBS coconut butter
    1 TBS coconut oil
    zest an organic lemon and put into mixture
    add dash of sea salt

    Pulse all together until a paste is made. Take a large piece of parchment paper and then fold over so that you can flatten the paste into a thin strip. With the paste inside the parchment paper- roll over the parchment paper to flatten. Let harden in the fridge for 30 min then cut up the bars into square.

    I'd take those squares with me and when allowed to have a snack you know that coconut oil and the nuts are going to give you some energy to face the next section of the test. And it is tasty too!

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