Guest Post – Ultimate On-the-Go Brain Foods for Busy New Professionals

Posted on September 17, 2012

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When we think about job interviews, the job search, and succeeding in the professional world, breakfast and snacking probably isn’t what first comes to mind. When it comes to the job search most advice revolves around resume writing, interviewing tips, and confidence building—no doubt, these lessons are worthwhile. But, food and diet can actually play a huge role in your professional success as well. Of course, we all know that what we eat plays a huge role in how we feel throughout the day. Food is our body’s fuel—we get this. What many people underestimate is exactly how influential food is on our minds. What we eat and drink determines a lot about how successful we’ll be throughout the day. As much as food is fuel for our bodies, it is also fuel for our minds. Of course, some foods are better than others for our brains.

As recent college graduates, the working world can be a challenging place. Not only are you new to this world, but you’re struggling with college debt and you’re searching for ways to stand out above the masses. Whether you’re on a strict deadline for work, headed into an important business meeting, or trying to set strong impressions at a first interview, eating the right things throughout your busy days can make all the difference. Check out these four ultimate brain foods that you can throw together on-the-go and give you the edge you need to succeed in the professional world.

Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best brain foods you eat. As a wonderful source of antioxidants and vitamin C, a powerful punch is packed in these small berries. Blueberries have been shown to improve a huge range of mental faculties. The small berries improve memory function and reverse age related declines in motor function, balance, and coordination. Throw together a quick morning meal or afternoon snack by mixing blueberries and a few nuts or granola into a cup of yogurt. This meal is extremely healthy for you and is accompanied by all the brain benefits of the berries. Even more scraped for time? Just throw a handful of blueberries in a baggy and head out the door. Popping a few berries throughout the day is a great snacking habit.

Flax Seeds

This brain food can seem much harder to come by. Flax seeds are wonderful brain boosters, with tons of healthy fat that aids the cerebral cortex in functioning more smoothly. It is the cerebral cortex that is responsible for processing sensory information, so it’s not hard to see how keeping it sharp is essential for professionals and students. Flax seed is found in tons of different products and with higher demand today is popping up more and more often. Many crackers, frozen waffles, and oatmeal use flax seeds as a major component. Take the time to find these items with flax seed listed as an ingredient to reap the benefits. Crackers, oatmeal, and frozen waffles all make great snacks or components of a morning meal.

Coffee

For many of us, coffee is an essential component of our daily routine as it is. But, good news for you coffee addicts out there, studies have shown that regular coffee drinking can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia, and other mental disorders. Caffeine is good for the brain (in moderation of course) and coffee is high in antioxidants. The thing to avoid is adding all that other “junk” into your coffee. Grab a cup of black Joe in the morning for the best brain results. With added sweeteners and fatty products will just bog you down.

Mixed Nuts

Nuts are a wonderful quick grab brain meal. Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, nuts offer numerous brain and body boosting aspects. Most nuts have qualities that help fight insomnia, promoting mental clarity and a strong memory. Some (like almonds) contain mood-enhancing neurotransmitters to not only clarify, but also brighten your day. Grab a handful of mixed nuts and throw them in a baggy as your afternoon snack throughout the day or put a handful of nuts into a yogurt parfait for a perfect on-the-go breakfast.

Maria Rainier makes her living as a freelance blogger for www.onlinedegrees.org. An avid follower of the latest trends in technology and education, Maria believes that online degrees and online universities are the future of higher learning. Please share your comments with her.

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