Consider this familiar situation: It’s late in the year. You’ve got a lot going on. You’re busy studying, practicing for the last games of the season, finding a prom date, and deciding on which college you’re going to attend. What else are you doing? Why finishing up the last details of the yearbook, of course!
It’s crunch time on the yearbook committee and you’re in the final stretch. You’re composing the last few page layouts or out snapping pictures of underclassman, making sure everyone is included. You’re scrambling to find out the name of each person in every single picture and incorporating those names into the ever-changing, long list that is the yearbook index.
Here at TreeRing, we understand the importance of managing pressure and juggling deadlines. We understand what it takes to push through, to stay up long nights, and to continuously strive to create that iconic, memorable, kick-butt yearbook. So stay strong! Don’t let stress take over and run your creative juices dry.If you’re on the yearbook committee, the foods you eat can help you make it through crunch time.
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It’s time to power up with some of our favorite deadline brainfoods. These foods will keep your energy high and your mind sharp, even when you’re swamped. No matter your taste, we’ve got a flavor to savor and a suggestion to feed all of your cravings – the good, the bad, and the unusual:
Blueberries: Blueberries are said to relieve stress, improve short-term memory loss, and help prevent age-related conditions like dementia. They’re bound to help out with those emergency creative brainstorming sessions. Try having a daily cup of blueberries any style – fresh, frozen, or mixed with other nutritious foods, like yogurt.
Tomatoes: Lycopene is found in tomatoes, as well as carrots, watermelons, and papayas. Lycopene is a carotenoid, which is a molecule that safeguards the body’s fat – and the brain is composed mainly of fat. Therefore, consuming tomatoes helps free the brain of damaging cells and improve brain function – helping you think in those last-minute moments of yearbook anxiety. If you’re not a big fan of chowing down on a raw tomato (like me) look for some tasty recipes that can incorporate tomatoes into your favorite foods.
Broccoli: Broccoli and green, leafy vegetables contain Vitamin K, which enhances cognitive function. It helps improve brain abilities like knowledge, attention, memory, judgment, and problem-solving. Perfect for those moments when you need to think on your feet and make snap, definitive yearbook decisions!
Nuts: Nuts – like almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts – are a great source of Vitamin E. This vitamin can help protect the brain against different damages like Alzheimer’s disease. Not nuts about nuts? Try asparagus, olives, or eggs for other good sources of Vitamin E. Just make sure to eat those outside the yearbook committee classroom, as the smell may offend your fellow peers!
Bananas and peanut butter: Bananas are not only a fun food to eat, but they are delicious and nutritious. They are a “good” carb, meaning they help boost energy, instead of making you crash and burn. Peanut butter is also called a “good fat” because it contains a lots of protein, which can help with alertness. This combo will help you and the committee stay up for some late nights finishing up the book.
Chocolate avocado pudding: Senior gals rejoice – you can enjoy chocolate as a way to help you power through the creative process, and still fit into your prom dress. Avocados don’t carry a lot of flavor when combined with other foods, so you don’t even notice them mixed into your chocolate pudding. However, they are chock full of helpful nutrients, like Vitamin E, Omega-3, and folic acid. Also, small doses of dark chocolate can help increase blood flow to the brain!
Cinnamon cottage cheese: Fat free or low-fat cottage cheese can be a great source for vitamins, antioxidants, and protein. On top of making a sweet snack, sprinkling cinnamon on top can help stimulate new neurons in the brain, helping you think of new ideas!
Black currants: These berries are known to have a sharp flavor, generally used to make jams, jellies, and syrups. They contain a lot of Vitamin C, which helps absorb iron. This, in turn, increases the oxygen supply to the brain, improving memory and overall brain health. Snack on these or mix them into other foods, like oatmeals, to get some great work done first thing in the AM.
Edamame: If you’re not familiar with a lot of Japanese cuisine, you may not know about edamame, or soybean pods. These little pods carry a lot of weight – composed of good carbs, lots of protein, fiber, nutrients, manganese, and Vitamin K. They’re simple to eat, and can be a healthy alternative for a late-night snack, or a lunch on the go when you’re running around snapping yearbook photos.
Pumpkin seeds: It may not be the season for Halloween, but don’t let that stop you from roasting and enjoying some pumpkin seeds. Grabbing just a handful of these small snacks can give you a good dose of zinc, which can enhance thinking skills.
Now that you know which foods will help you the most when push comes to shove, it’s time to stock up your pantry – and don’t forget to keep some baggies of these healthy snacks stashed in your backpack at all times. And no matter how busy you get, keep your eyes on the prize: a truly amazing yearbook!