As I have told you I’m in the middle of my exams and I thought that it might be interesting to share some recipes I love when I need to work a lot with my brain and at the same time try to stay healthy. While I’m doing my endless exams it’s quite easy to lose control over the healthy lifestyle. Actually, sometimes I hate my brain for that. It’s just some kind of irrational human reaction and I try to control my thoughts. I even try to do more workout while I need to study for exams and I have noticed that more workout makes me more productive and focused.
Sometimes when I feel that all my thought are stuck or I’m just trying to solve a problem but it’s not happening, then the best thing I can to do is to do some workout. Usually, I go for jogging, walking or I just do some yoga or a quick HIIT training. After that, my mind is clear again and in many cases, I have solved a problem while I’m training. Even if I think that it’s not going to work and I would like to skip that, then I’m almost always wrong. Mind keeps working and solving problems even if you are not studying something at the same time. A few years ago I read many books about psychology and how the brain works. So, one of the books I read was “Brain Rules. 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving” by J. Medina. That book explains exactly how the brain works and how psychical activity improves the brain power. Recently I noticed that I have forgotten many basic rules about the brain and I had to remind myself that.
So, if you are also doing your exams or just working a lot with your mind, then I encourage you to find that time and do some workout. I think even 10 to 15-minute workout is better that nothing! I personally have been practising that. So, when I have been reading for too long and I have lost my concentration, then I just do a small break or 15 to 60-minute workout and I’m back again! Quite often it’s just some kind of yoga or just HIIT training.
I have recently created this recipe and it really helps me while I’m craving for chocolate. It’s super easy to make and takes only 5-7 minutes of my time while I’m having a small break.
4. Chia Pudding
10. Banana, Dates & Peanut Butter
Here is one of my other favourites what I have recently discovered. I know it might look like a super weird combination but I love it! It’s full of energy what I need to be awake. This one is my kind of energy drink. It reminds me a little bit of banoffee and some kind of nut butter mix. Like a deconstructed cake!
Deconstracted Banoffee & Peanutbutter Dessert
- 1 banana
- 3 juicy dates (or soak the dry ones for 10 minutes in a warm water)
- 1 tsp hot water
- 1 tsp peanut butter (or almond butter, organic, no added sugars)
- pinch of sea salt (I usually use pink Himalayan salt)
- Decoration: melted raw chocolate, cocoa nibs, toasted nuts
- Slice bananas.
- Smash dates with a fork (you can use a blender but I’m sometimes too lazy to use it) and add water. Mix until it looks like caramel.
- Serve the bananas with dates caramel, chocolate, nut butter and salt. Sprinkle with cocoa nibs and nuts (sometimes when I’m lazy I even skip the melted chocolate).