BRAINFOOD #2

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Hi guys!

It’s that time of the year again : stress, late nights, missed meals and quick (unhealthy) food. When you’re studying for those exams, good nutrition often slides away. You just don’t want to lose any of your precious time on food preparation. But embrace the cliché and make breakfast the most important meal of the day. I remember years ago when my breakfast was just some simple cereal (that contains loads of sugar) and milk. It gave me energy for 5 minutes, but it always left me feeling hungry and tired. But thank God I discovered eating healthy! A healthy breakfast can increase your mental alertness, improve your memory and help your concentration. You need to keep your focus on your exam and not on your hungry growling stomach.

Here are my favourite meals that keep my body fueled up, and most importantly, keep my brain focused :

  1. Smoothie bowl with customizable toppings

It’s quick, easy and packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and proteins.

INGREDIENTS (for 1)

For the smoothie

2 kiwis (preferably chopped & frozen the night before)

1 cup of pineapples (preferably chopped & frozen the night before)

1 banana

½ cup of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of honey

Blend the kiwis, pineapple, banana, yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of the honey until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and top with all kinds of toppings. You can top your bowl with pretty much anything. Nuts, seeds, cereals, and dried fruit all work well. I used :

  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Lin seeds
  • Bee pollen

But I also recommend chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and coconut.

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ENJOY,

Helen Verhelst

Instagram : @helenverh

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