When you’re tired all you want to do is eat convenient food and takeaways. Junk food, lots of
chocolate, energy drinks and crisps are often eaten in place of normal meals to keep you going but in
reality, they’re actually slowing you down. This way of eating isn’t only harmful to your long-term
health, but it can also negatively affect your exam performance.
Here are some ‘brain food’ suggestions to ensure you’re at your best on the important day.
Salmon, sardines and mackerel are among the healthiest types of fish, as they contain lots of protein and omega 3, which is essential to keeping a functioning brain working well. Herring and trout are other possible options, but the simplest and cheapest meal for students is probably sardines on toast
Don’t knock it until you try it! Choose whole-wheat bread and you’ll have a healthy, long-lasting meal, combining complex carbohydrates, vitamins and protein. It’s cheap and easy to make – perfect!
Eggs are one of the most versatile and cheap foods on the planet. Fried, boiled or poached, eggs are healthy and good brain food. They’re a good way to start the day and likely to leave you feeling full than sugary cereals or pastries. Just one egg contains vital nutrients. 6g of protein, vitamin B12 (which helps convert glucose into energy) and less than 100 calories – depending on how you cook it.
Dark leafy greens
Kale, chard, spinach, broccoli: the list of healthy dark leafy greens is a long one, and they are a good source of vitamins in the build up to exams. As well as being anti – oxidants you’ll get a healthy amount of B6 and B12 from some of these vegetables, which are related to improvements in alertness and memory.
Peanut butter by the spoonful
Peanut butter is a fantastic food to help you keep full. It contains lots of healthy fats and proteins per serving. You can mix some peanut butter into your porridge for a yummy way to start the day. Nuts are good for you in general so you should stock up on a load before you head to the library.
Give green tea a go
Research shows that green tea provides antioxidants and boosts your concentration. It’s also a good substitute to stomach churning energy drinks and too much coffee.
Fruit over chocolate bars
Fresh fruit is a good way of giving you a sugar boost rather than a chocolate bar from the vending machine. Darker coloured fruits such as blueberries are a good source of antioxidants or grab a banana to help you feel fuller.
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I loved it there !
Brickworks is a great home for whoever comes to live in Dublin for a while.
The friendliness of the staff along with the welcoming environment make for a great place to live. When I first entered the room, it felt like a hotel room : comfortable, modern and very liveable.
The neighborhood is as calm as it gets and you get to the most animated streets in 15mn.
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For a very spacious space with great amenities, the price is very mucb affordable. Good views and great support staff to help out at anytime of the day.
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Living at The Junxion has been a very homely experience for me, as from moving in on my first year of university I was a little nervous about living on my own so far away from my home in Liverpool; but that all change once I moved into my new room, as the buildings interior design gives off such a relaxing vibe that will allow you to study in peace. Although the staff in the building where so very comforting to speak to and will offer guidance on pretty much anything, as they are always there to help. Other than that I would highly recommend The Junxion to anyone as I am currently a second year living with my friend at The Junxion and I couldn’t feel more at home.
I have been living in Brickworks about 7 months. Brickworks is a great place to live in. The location is really convenient (close to city center, good public transportation, near the supermarket and so on...). The buildings are pretty new (well maintained and very clean) it also offers study rooms, cinema room, gym, roof top party room and terrace. There are a lot of common areas for entertainment (PlayStation, Pool, table tennis...). Additionally, free coffee and tea services are amazing!
Brickworks team all of them are AWESOME. They are always up for helping... I highly recommend the Brickworks for people who need a place to call home... Thanks for everything.