Brain Food Snacks and Beverage

Here’s a sampling of what’s kept my mind going during midterm season:

1. Tea (white with honey lately, although that’s because I recently ran out of black so I’m forced to use my precious and tiny stores of white).

2. Cranberry Juice (all right, so it’s Cranraspberry, but anything with cranberry that doesn’t have pomegranate is AWESOME).

3. Water (you can never have too much to drink, and dehydration is an easy thing to get when you’re busy and not thinking about it).

4. Plums (we’ve got a bunch of them from the trees in our yard and they’re sort of crowding the fridge, so they’re a good snack).

5. Wraps (tortilla, black forest ham slices, iceberg lettuce, shredded cheese, a bit of ranch dressing).

6. Oreos (just the classic double stuffed…. chocolate’s good for getting your brain going, esp. w/ math).

7. Frosting and graham crackers (don’t deny the power of a classic).

8. Toast (butter and some sort of white bread… lately buttermilk white).

9. Sandwich (usually butter and white bread -toasted-, Miracle Whip, cheese, black forest ham, lettuce, sometimes onion if I have any, garlic powder).

10. Ice cream (’nuff said).




Foods I Eat To Reward Myself

When I’m writing, I drink galleons of tea, naturally, to keep myself more or less hydrated, since if I don’t make tea I forget to drink anything at all and I get severely dehydrated. The other thing I often forget to do when writing, however, is eat. (Just ask Natalie Cannon, who lived with me for, like, a month, and we had to remind each other that meals existed when we weren’t reading the Hunger Games, which was a super appetite booster).

So when I’m taking breaks and reminding myself to eat, I have limited time, resources, and taste. Here are a few things I do to keep my brain and body fueled:

S’mores: Graham cracker, nutella, and marshmallow cream. It’s a lot quicker and safer than trying to cool marshmallows in the microwave, and it’s truly even taster while being worlds healthier.

Cheese Sandwiches: Cheese is probably one of mankind’s best inventions, and so’s Miracle Whip. Sometimes I literally just put Miracle Whip on a piece of bread and eat that as a snack, but when I need something more substantial, I put Miracle Whip on bread, sprinkle garlic powder over both pieces (don’t forget to brush your teeth afterword or use gum or something, especially if you don’t live by yourself…), put a generous layer of cheddar cheese slices on one piece, and then pile on lettuce, sometimes sprinkle on some diced onion of we have any. It’s pretty much my favorite food ever.

Graham Crackers and Frosting: I’m hypoglycemic, which happens to run in my family, so sometimes when I forget to eat my blood sugar needs a boost. Peanut butter toast is also good, if you like that, but I’ve been rather anti-toast lately, so if you’ve got frosting lying around (My family has almost ALL our birthdays in the summer, so we’ve got lots of leftovers), spread some on a graham cracker. The frosting gives you a quick boost and the graham cracker has more complex carbs to stick with you until your next real meal. Personally, I put as much frosting as I can convince myself isn’t a terrible idea since it’s my favorite food, but my mother puts on a thin layer, and that’s really all you need. So no matter how big your sweet tooth, there’s a ratio that works for you! I thought my family were the only ones to do this until A.B. started doing it at one of our movie watching nights and I realized in that moment how crazy alike we were. I recommend it to everyone. It’s tasty and serves a great purpose!

Carrot Sticks and/or Pickles: As you probably noticed, I’ve got a serious sweet tooth, but I can’t just eat sweet snacks every time I get a snack. Especially with the amount of sugar I put in my tea when I have it sweet…. I’d gain fifty pounds by the end of the summer at that rate. So when I need a snack and I’ve already had a graham cracker treat that day, I help myself to some veggies from the fridge, usually a few carrot sticks or a pickle. The best part of these, especially the carrot sticks, is you can really eat as many of them as you want, so if it’s a while until your next meal and a handful isn’t going to cut it, you can prop up a bag of carrot sticks by your work station and just eat ’em like you’re at the theater eating popcorn. I’m actually not a fan of carrots, taste-wise, but carrot sticks are just so convenient that I manage to overlook it. And they’re healthy!

Hope this sparks a few snack ideas for you workaholics out there who think about food as infrequently as I do!