If you're like me, by 3pm your brain is feeling foggy! Suddenly, studying for an exam can seem like a marathon. If you have ever run a marathon (I have not, but it's on my bucket list!), you know that fueling your body along the way with nutritious energy is critical. And just like your body, your brain needs a boost throughout the day too - so you can ace your math and science midterms!
Looking for a satisfying snack to add to your study arsenal? We've got you covered with these delicious cookie-dough bites. I mean, if eating cookie dough will make me smarter, count me in! Get ready to snack your way onto the honour roll!
Before we get baking, let's discuss a little Brain Food 101.
The WRONG way to feed your brain
When you feel that energy dip, all you need is some sugar right? WRONG.
When you grab the wrong sugary snack, you're setting yourself up for a major crash which can worsen feelings of fatigue
...and lead to more bad snacking! We've all been there - those math textbooks become handy trays for a plate of milk and Oreos and all your study goals fly out the window.
The RIGHT way to feed your brain
What does your brain need to master all those chemistry formulas? The answer lays in food science! (You won't be tested on this, we promise!) Just think whole foods without artificial ingredients or added refined sugar - and you're already ahead of the curve!
Look for these ingredients:
Especially plant protein from sources such as nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, chickpeas, and protein powder. Protein is a slow-releasing, long-lasting source of energy that not only curbs your hunger but also helps keep you feeling full.
Healthy fats aid in mood management.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Found in sources such as hemp hearts, chia seeds, and nuts, they're not only good for the brain, they have amazing anti-inflammatory properties too.
Fills you up and keeps you hunger-free for hours.
In this recipe:
Raw Almond Butter. With 7 grams of protein in just 2 tablespoons, raw almonds are also a healthy fat and are packed with a potent combination of energy-boosting nutrients like vitamin B2, Vitamin E, Manganese, and Magnesium.
Hemp Seeds. With Omega-3 and Omega-6, hemp seeds have, 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids. One tablespoon provides 5.3 grams of protein
Coconut. An excellent source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), coconuts offer a source of energy which goes straight to the liver from the gut, where they can be used as a quick energy source.
Cacao Nibs. Even better for you than dark chocolate, cacao nibs don’t just provide vital nutrients, they actually boost your mood.
Now that we've got the basics down, let's get to that cookie dough. These bites are perfect for every kind of diet—raw, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free!
½ cup creamy raw almond butter
½ cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
8 dates (raw and pitted)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
In a food processor or hi-speed blender, pulse together almond butter, hemp hearts, coconut flakes, dates, and vanilla until a thick dough forms.
Fold in chocolate cacao nibs.
Roll into golf-sized balls.
Dust with cacao powder if desired!
I think we've found our favourite new study tool! Delish!
Let us know if you try the recipe at home!
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