My friend Grace at Study Spaces NYC has been highlighting the best places to study in this busy city of ours. As I’ve read each of her posts, I have begun to think about my study habits, what is working and what is not. Where do I study? Who do I study with? What helps me focus and get my work done well?
Environment is a huge factor that helps or hinders my studying success. However, I believe food is also a key component. Here are just a few of my favorite study snacks as I finish out this long Spring semester.
Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon Tea
Whether is be an earlier morning or a late night, hot tea has become my favorite study companion. This semester I’ve been working to reduce my caffeine intake and so, now more than ever, I’m experimenting with different teas. Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon Tea has quickly become one of my favorites. This tea is one of my favorites because, not only is it delicious, the turmeric has incredible health benefits. Turmeric keeps your immune system working properly by boosting antioxidant levels in the body. It also boosts the flow of oxygen to the brain, making it the a helpful addition to your study sessions.
To make this tea, steep one part ginger and one part turmeric in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Then, add the juice from 1/2 of fresh lemon.
My favorite berry helps protect the brain from the effects of stress. Blueberries are also helpful for supporting short term memory function. Because I have taken summer college classes, I’ve always enjoyed shopping of berries at my local market and using them as a quick study snack during my summer intensives.
Pita Bread (or Veggies) and Garlic Hummus
Whole grains have a reputation for supporting heart health. A healthy cardiovascular system promotes healthy blood flow to organs, including the brain. In similar fashion, the nutrients in garlic protect the arteries, helping blood flow to the brain. Before I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I would pair pita bread with garlic hummus during study breaks. Now that I’m gluten-free, I opt for broccoli and carrots with my hummus.
While I personally detest the taste of all chocolate, research shows that dark chocolate may be one of the best study snacks, in moderation of course. Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants and caffeine, which aids with focus during longer study sessions. It is also known for stimulating the production of endorphins, which boost mood. My favorite NYC brand to recommend to people is HU Kitchen Chocolate. The line of dark chocolate is Paleo, Vegan, and contains no fillers or refined sugar. This brand is a little pricey so most of my friends store a bar in the fridge, taking a small section off during each study session.
Fellow NYC college students, what are your best study hacks? What can you not study without?