Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brain Food - My top 5 healthy food for students

How many of you eat lots of unhealthy snacks when studying for exams? Well I'm certainly one of those people. Jaffa cakes, crisps, sweets etc. Sometimes I feel I end up eating more than I'm used to during exam season. Because I get rid of all distractions I end up thinking about food. Please tell me I'm not the only one? So recently I've changed the snacks I eat when revising to healthy snacks. Especially because there's no point in me going to gym if I keep eating junk food.  I'd like to share with you guys my top 5 healthy snacks/drinks.

1) Strawberry-Raspberry Smoothie
2) Avocado Chocolate Pudding
3) Protein Banana Pancakes with maple syrup
4) Oat Cookies with raisins
5) Apple Crisps

So here are the Recipes:

1) Strawberry-Raspberry Smoothie

Ice Cubes

Freeze all the fruits a few hours or a day before.

Smoothies are the easiest thing to make. All you have to do is blend the frozen fruits and ice cubes in a food processor first followed by the yoghurt and milk. At last add the spinach and voila you have a smoothie. It's so quick and easy! When I make smoothies I have no exact measurements. I just add as much as I need.

2) Avocado Chocolate Pudding


1 Avocado
1 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp. Maple Syrup/honey/sugar (whatever you prefer)
Melted dark chocolate

Blend the Avocado in a food processor until creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend in the food processor. I've said 2 tbsp. sugar/honey/maple syrup but you can add as much as you want to depending on how much you prefer. It's now ready to be eaten but if you wish you can refrigerate it in the fridge for a few hours so the pudding sets.

3) Protein Banana pancakes with maple syrup

5 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 banana
pinch of salt
2 eggs
2 tbsp. sugar

As you may have noticed, I have used 2 eggs even though I've only used 5 tbsp of flour. This is because these aren't just an pancakes but they are protein pancakes meaning that you need as much protein as possible from the eggs. Some people add protein powder but as a student you might not really have the time and money to get a big bucket of protein powder.

So you mash up the banana and mix it with the eggs. Add the salt, sugar and flour. Heat the non-stick pan with a little oil. Add little portions of the batter and don't leave because the pancakes cook very quickly. At last add some maple syrup on top of the pancakes and voilĂ  it's done. This took me like 10 minutes to make so it really is no effort at all!

4) Oat Cookies with raisins

I've posted this recipe before so here's the link.

5) Apple Crisps

This is probably the easiest snack to make and also my favourite and it smells delicious in your kitchen afterwards. Make really thin apple slices. Place them on a baking tray with baking paper. Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on them. Put the baking tray in the oven and bake them on gas mark 6. After about 15 minutes turnover the apple slices and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy. Make sure you don't add too much cinnamon otherwise the apple slices will burn.


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