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Amazing superfood hacks for study group sessions

Moina Oberoi, celebrated food photographer, stylist, writer and recipe developer gives us her tips on how to keep you going during your study sessions.

I am often hungrier while writing an article about food rather than while I’m cooking it. Thinking can make us pretty hungry. According to medical researchers, our brain cells need double the energy as the other cells in our body, causing our body to crave food to restore this energy during intellectual activities like test prep.

So if you are preparing for standardized tests and often get the munchies, it is merely your brain insisting on a glucose boost. Sorry to be a damper on a guilt free study binge by stating the obvious, but over-snacking and eating the wrong things during your hunger pangs will certainly be counterproductive. It can cause your brain to get too much glucose and slow down. Not so smart after all!

However, there is nothing better than a healthy snack to keep your mental juices flowing.  So why don’t we make this snack time doubly productive by eating not just healthy but brainy foods too.

There are four main nutritional components that help our brains function to their full potential and even reinforce new brain cells. Here is a list of healthy powder foods that will provide the right nourishment for those long study days.

  1. Glucose (carbohydrate) – The energy giver

    • Banana smoothies
    • Bean and corn salads
    • Popcorn
    • Lentil soups
    • Whole grain crackers with hummus


  1. Fatty acids (omega 3-6) – The brain lubricant
    • Smoked salmon or grilled sardine fingers snacks
    • Avocado and chia smoothie
    • Walnuts
    • Cashew nuts
    • Flax seed rich energy bars
    • Tahini (sesame paste) dip
  1. Antioxidants – The restorer

    • All kinds of berries
    • Spinach soups
    • Steamed garlic broccoli
    • DIY Energy drink: Coconut water with chia seeds
    • A variety of teas


  1. Amino acids (protein) – The protector

    • Grilled fish, meat, liver and tofu snacks
    • Egg white salads
    • Yogurt snacks with honey and flax powder

And here are two simple and quick recipes for you and your study buddy.


Serves – 2 glasses
Prep time – 20 minutes

Ingredients: 1

1 avocado
3 tablespoons chopped dates
5 tablespoons 0% fat greek yogurt
½ cup Soymilk
¾ cup water
2 tablespoons chia seeds



Mix the soymilk, water and chia seeds in a glass and leave aside letting the chia seeds absorb the water and fluff up.


Put the avocado, dates and greek yogurt in a blender and blend till they form a smooth paste.


Put the avocado paste in a mixing bowl with the soymilk mix and gently combine the ingredients together with a spatula.


Chill in the refrigerator and drink the cold avocado smoothie during your study break to give your brain a jumpstart!


Serves – 3
Prep time – 20 minutes


½ cup red beans
½ cup sweet corn
½ cup chopped coriander leaves
¼ cup spring onions
¼ cup chopped walnuts


6½ a lime, juiced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika powder
1 teaspoon honey



Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing and leave aside.
Put the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss till the produce have come together nicely.


Mix in the dressing and serve chilled.


Remember to graze through your study days, eat nutritious snacks and keep it light.


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