Brain-Boosting Foods for Your GMAT Studies:
Eating 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!
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