Food for Thought: Foods to help with Cognitive Fatigue

At The Study Room, we are big on productivity and we are not afraid to show it.
Anything that can help get more out of a day, whether it’s an indispensable pen that helps you write for longer or a notebook that you can carry anywhere and everywhere; but something we often neglect to think about when trying to be productive is the food we put into our bodies (and no, the chocolate and coffee we reward ourselves with doesn’t count).

So we have partnered with The Bare Scientist (@the_bare_scientist) a Registered AfN Nutritionist (and amazing Clinical Research Scientist!) who not only creates meals that not only induce salivation, envy (seriously… this is the most delicious thing I have ever seen!) and her recipes are also vegan!

She has shared her tips for ingredients that not only help with your nutrition (you cannot be productive if you aren’t healthy) but also help reduce cognitive fatigue and help you get more out of your day.

We’ve also included a few recipes that help you build these into your lunchtime repertoire to make sure you beat the afternoon slump.

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Kale/Cavolo Nero

Being part of the brassica family of vegetables and very similar to kale, antioxidant-rich cavolo nero is high in fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals; in particular manganese, iron, calcium and vitamins A, C and K. Manganese is a trace mineral required in small amounts and is required for normal brain function, nervous system many of the body’s enzyme systems. The body stores approximately 20 mg of manganese in kidneys, liver, pancreas and bones, however it is still required from the diet.

Good sources of manganese include seeds and whole grains (the toast has both of these) as well as in legumes, beans, nuts, green leafy vegetables and green tea). Manganese is also a known vasodilator, therefore if sufficient levels are in the body, this may aid in blood flow.

 

Here are a few recipes using Kale

Kale Bowl from  The Bare Scientist

Kale Bowl from The Bare Scientist

Sweet Braised Kale from  Good Life Eats

Sweet Braised Kale from Good Life Eats

Chicken, Kale & Pesto Soup from  Delicious

Chicken, Kale & Pesto Soup from Delicious

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Black Beans

Great source of protein, folate and fibre. One cup of cooked black beans contains approx. 15.2 grams of protein and 15 grams of fibre. They can help to reduce the spike in blood sugar after a meal which means less of a sluggish feeling, also leaving you fuller for longer after a meal, providing a slower release of energy after a meal.
It is also has high levels of potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the human body and is responsible for keeping your organs in working order. with continued intake, you can experience increased muscle strength, improvements to your nervous system and regulated metabolism and can also help relieve stress and anxiety.

Here are a few recipes using Black Beans

Avocado & Lime Bean Bowl from  Good Housekeeping

Avocado & Lime Bean Bowl from Good Housekeeping

Black Bean Brownies from  Krolls Korner

Black Bean Brownies from Krolls Korner

Spicy Black Bean Tacos from  BBC Good Food

Spicy Black Bean Tacos from BBC Good Food

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Brown Rice

Magnesium is found in brown rice in high quantities and this mineral has been found to be a great productivity booster and stress reliever.
It's also loaded with essential vitamins that help your body to work properly and like we’ve already said, if your body works properly, it's cognitive functions improve, help you to excel and theoretically increase your efficiency.
It is also filled with antioxidants, these are incredibly important because they fight off free radicals within your body which can help to prevent diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Increasing one's antioxidant intake is essential for your health boosting your antioxidant intake can help provide added protection for the body, helping to boost your immune system and you in good working order overall.

Here are a few recipes using Brown Rice

Mushroom Pilaf from the  Savvy Naturalista

Mushroom Pilaf from the Savvy Naturalista

Lemon Brown Rice from  Food & Wine

Lemon Brown Rice from Food & Wine

Brown Rice & Edamame from  Martha Stewart

Brown Rice & Edamame from Martha Stewart

So there you have it, these are just a few ingredients that can help you be your most productive.
These recipes are just a few of hundreds that can help you to make the most of your working day. Why not share some foods that help you be more productive.
Let us know in the comments below, if you do need a physical productivity tools, why not shop our Luxury, Productive Stationery online now?

If you would like to seem more of The Bare Scientist, she is hosting a Vegan Baking Masterclass on February 9th, 2018.

Tickets and details can be found here