The semester is rapidly coming to an end, and we all know what that means……. yup, time to study for finals. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could offer you some secret eating tips to help boost your memory? Well we don’t have any magic formulas but we do have some good advice.
Think Healthy Fats
There is strong evidence that the same anti-inflammatory properties that help protect your heart can improve memory. These fats include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, nuts/seeds, avocado, olive oil and flax.
Where to find them on campus*:
· Try the guacamole on your burrito bowl at Penn
· Look for salmon and tuna or other fish on café menus (Div café offers a salmon wrap, Café DeNovo offers a Tuna Nicoise salad, Penn serves salmon at dinner frequently, Perk has a salmon salad)
· Add avocado or hummus to sandwiches and salads (ABP and other cafés)
· Snack on nuts (available in the Lobby Shop, Quenchers and The East Campus Store), sprinkle sunflower seeds on your salad at salad bars
· Pick up some individual containers of peanut butter and some fruit for a healthy energizing snack
· Try a grab and go hummus snack plate which is found at many cafés on campus
Devour Dark Fruits and Veggies
Fruits like blueberries, strawberries and dark green veggies like spinach, broccoli and collards are full of phytonutrients (dark greens include vitamin E and folate) with memory boosting properties.
Where to Find On Campus*:
· Fruit cups are widely available at grab and go locations , also check out the fruit bar at Quenchers
· Look for spinach and other dark greens at salad bars and as side dishes in many cafés
· Add broccoli to your stir fry
Enjoy Whole Grain Goodness
Whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, etc. are an integral part of an anti-inflammatory diet like the Mediterranean diet. This type of diet plan promotes increased blood flow to the brain and has been linked to improved memory.
Where to Find on Campus*:
· Look for whole grain salads at salad bars around campus
· Many cafés have whole grain side dishes
· Choose whole grain breads for sandwiches and create a satisfying breakfast with some oatmeal (Marketplace, Penn, Café Edens, Div Café, ABP just to name a few)
Remember we don’t eat nutrients in isolation so for best results include these foods as part of a healthy eating pattern and remember to eat regularly throughout the day and stay hydrated.
Good luck and Happy Holiday eating.
*The cafes listed are only a sample of where you may find these foods on campus. For a more thorough list refer to The Devil’s Advocate.