3 Easy Brain Food Recipes That Make Great Library Snacks

It’s hardcore study time. That’s right, it’s time to head to the library and hit the books. It’s the time to mindlessly highlight for hours on end, the time to realize that you have learned nothing this entire semester, the time to chug energy drinks and pull all-nighters just so you can read a few more chapters of your textbook.

Intense studying can definitely take its toll on your mind and body. I always find myself reaching for unhealthy snacks when a paper is due or an essay is coming up. But guess what? There are other options! Snacking while studying is a great idea, but try swapping the chips and sugary drinks for food that does good for your body and brain. These recipes are simple, delicious, healthy, and feature ingredients that are proven to boost your brain power. Plus, they’re library-friendly. Mackerel may be great for your brain, but your desk neighbors might not be so happy about you eating that!

Recipe One: Dried Fruit And Nut Bars With Peanut Butter

This recipe is great because it has two foods known to be great for your brain: nuts and blueberries. Plus, it will satisfy any sugar cravings! [Image and recipe via examiner]

Ingredients Needed: 2 cups of high fiber cereal, 4 oz. peanuts, dry roasted w/salt, all types, ¼ cup dried, sweetened cranberries, ¼ cup dried blueberries, ⅓ cup honey, strained or extracted, ¼ cup peanut butter, smooth, 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. peanut flour.

Directions: Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper. Put the honey, peanut butter, brown sugar and peanut flour in one bowl, and the peanuts, dried fruit, and cereal in another. Heat up the honey and peanut butter mixture. Do this in 30-seconds at a time until the mixture combines together and you can pour it easily. Add the wet and dry ingredients together. Use a quick stirring motion. Pour the mixture into the parchment-lined pan, using a spatula. Spray the spatula with cooking spray or use one made from silicone to avoid sticking. Allow the ingredients to cool (pop them in fridge to make them cool more quickly). Cut them into 8 to 12 bars.

Recipe Two: Avocado and Green Tea Smoothie

Another recipe with double the brain-boosting power! This quick and simple smoothie uses green tea, which we all know has a million different health benefits, and avocado, which has healthy fat to keep your brain functioning at its best. It’s a much healthier alternative to those powerades and coffees you’ve been knocking back. [Image via jeanetteshealthyliving]

Ingredients Needed: 8oz of green tea, brewed and chilled, 3oz of almond milk, 1 large avocado, 1 teaspoon of peanut butter, a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of your preferred sweetener (honey or agave nectar taste great!)

Recipe: It’s simple, blend all the ingredients together until smooth, then put in a bottle to take with you to the library!

 Recipe Three: Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I love cinnamon, and it turns out that one handful of pumpkin seeds gives you your daily recommended dose of zinc, which happens to do wonders for your memory! [Image and recipe via seriouseats]

Ingredients: 1 and a half cups of pumpkin seeds, 2 tablespoons of melted butter or oil, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/4 a teaspoon of salt.

Recipe: Preheat your oven to 350 F. Scoop out the seeds of your pumpkin, then toss the seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and seasonings. Spread the seeds in one even layer across a greased baking sheet, then bake for 30 minutes. Stir the seeds now and then while they’re baking, and remove from the oven once golden brown.

What are your favorite brain-boosting snacks? Leave a comment below!

[Lead image via Diego Cervo/Shutterstock]

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