Brain Food

The semester is definitely in full swing. I have found myself with assignments, quizzes, and midterms popping up everywhere. Is it sad that I’m already looking forward to reading break, and we haven’t even completed the 4th week of classes? What can I say – I need a break!

So when I found out that one of my morning classes just so happened to be cancelled on Monday, which also happened to be the day of an afternoon midterm, I made the decision to skip my other morning class (Kids, skipping classes is bad. Do as I say, don’t do as I do) so that I could have the morning to sleep in a little and get in some quality study time. A small sacrifice for the greater good, as far as I’m concerned.

Seeing as I had the time, I made sure to fuel up with some healthy eats to keep me and my brain going all the way though to my midterm at 4:30 pm.


Oatmeal is a treat these days, only enjoyed when I have the time to devote to cooking up a pot on the stove. So it was the obvious choice to start my day off right. The mix included craisins, coconut, flax seeds, peanut butter, and a few chocolate chips. Chocolate is brain food, right?


Of course oats weren’t going to tide me over all day, so before I took off on the bus, I whizzed up my Ultimate Green Goodness Smoothie.


Sienna did not appear to enjoy it as much as I did.


I also grabbed a spelt blueberry muffin for the road (more on these later – I made them as a homework assignment!)


All that brain food must have worked, because I wrote my test and felt good about my answers – and was even the first person out of the room.  

Sadly, my plans to actually showcase a full day of eats fell by the wayside when I got home for dinner. Turns out I was more than ready to dig into my roasted chicken, green beans, and fresh French bread, without a thought of digging out the camera. C’est la vie!

I wish I could say my brain was allowed some relaxation time after dinner, but more homework assignments were calling my name. Which meant only one thing – a nice warm mug of dark hot chocolate was in order.


In my Starbucks Chicago mug from dear Mara!

If only all of my midterms could be preceded by a low key day full of feel good – and good for me – eats!

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Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Chocolate, Drink, Lunch, School, Sienna, Snack


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6 Comments on “Brain Food”

  1. February 3, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I know how you feel, this midterm business is nuts. I had one today…but I ended up coming down with the flu last night so I am currently in bed rather than writing it. I think somehow my body was doing me a FAVOUR though, because I was far from ready to write it today. Not that sleeping on the bathroom floor was better than writing a tough midterm.. yick.
    But we’re into FEBRUARY already, nuts right? Reading week will be along before you know it. Breather!
    And chocolate is definitely brain food, no question.

  2. February 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Wow, those oats look magical!
    I have midterms coming up too–on Tuesday alone, I have an exam, organic chemistry lab, plus a 30 minute presentation to give. Lovely.
    Best of luck on your midterms!

  3. February 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Gosh, your quarter moves fastola! I hope you’re managing some self-care during this crazy time…you’re doing great. And yes, the addition of chocolate (definitely brain food) is warranted!
    HI SIENNA! Am I her auntie!? I like to think so. What a face. LOL!

    • February 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      You can totally be her auntie – I bet she would love it!

  4. February 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    HA! Sienna looks disgusted. She just dosen’t know good shiz when she sees it, right? 🙂

    • February 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      She’s really more into crunchy foods – like crackers, cereal, and tortilla chips. And she loves bacon and ham. She’s a bit weird.

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