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Choosing veggie snacks isn’t just great for the planet, it’s excellent for your brain too!
When we get stressed, we tend to want to snack on all the wrong foods - sugar, salt, and bad fats. But when things get crazy during exam season, you should do just the opposite: feed your brain to maximise your performance. You’ve heard it before, but you really are what you eat!
Since the Meat-Free Mondays motion passed at the UGM back in March, there’s never been a better time at LSE to feel the power of plant-based snacks.
The motion had the largest turn-out of any motion this year; it calls upon the Sabbs to lobby the School to stop serving meat on Mondays at all catering outlets. Next time you are in desperate need for a snack during an insane revision session, pick one of these to fuel that amazing brain of yours.
The true rock star of all fruits. Researchers at Tufts University found that eating blueberries daily can reduce short term memory loss.
2. Kale chips
If you’re thinking about going more veggie, then definitely pick up some kale. It’s high in iron and B vitamins, which many vegetarians are lacking in their diet. Plus, it’s high in vitamin E, an essential vitamin for controlling stress and anxiety. Check out this recipe to make some scrumptious kale chips at home.
3. Avocado on toast
This has to be one of the tastiest and easiest snacks of of all time. Avocados are great brain food since their monounsaturated fatty acids help protect nerve cells in the brain. You can always go for the basic options of just smashed avocado with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, or you can up your game with one of these recipes. Opt for whole grain toast since its low glycemic index will help boost your concentration.
4. Seed mix
An easy snack to pack on the go to fuel your brain is a simple seed mix. Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, which helps your memory skills, and sunflower seeds have lots of that magical vitamin E.
5. Nuts and dried berries mix
Another super convenient snack, nuts are a great source of protein and key vitamins for a healthy brain. Opts for almonds as they are high in riboflavin (B2) and magnesium. Dried berries, like cranberries and goji berries are the perfect compliment to the mix, and there are endless possibilities for recipes.
6. Chips and salsa
Grab some corn chips and whip up some homemade salsa for the perfect late night study snack. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect brain cells.
7. Dark chocolate
Yes, there are sweets out there that are good for your brain! Researchers at the
University of Nottingham found that a small daily dose of dark chocolate helps improve blood flow to the brain. Amazing!
Happy snacking and best of luck on your exams!
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The long-standing guardian of the LSE campus, whose traditional residence was outside the Economists’ Bookshop, first heard rumblings of his removal at the start of 2015. The rumours – specifically that the East Building, Anchorage, Clare Market and parts of St Clement’s would be demolished, rendering Houghton Street inaccessible for the next three years – turned out to be true. The LSE Penguin was to be homeless.
But thanks to a plucky band of (500-odd) LSE students, the Penguin has a new place to call home, and can once more hold his head high.
‘You hear stories of unwanted mascots being thrown into cupboards or even skips,’ the Penguin said. ‘At times I believed that I, too, was bound for that fate. But the bond I share with my humans was stronger than that. I cannot express my gratitude for this new dawn – I look forward to all the charming ‘selfies’ we’ll share together over the years…’ At this point the Penguin became too overwhelmed to continue.
LSESU’s survey of student opinion showed that the John Watkins Plaza (outside the Library) was LSE students’ preferred option, with 261 votes; there were 180 for Sheffield Street, 90 for the courtyard outside the NAB, 22 for the SAW First Floor Café and 8 for the 32LIF courtyard. 561 students voted in total.
More information about the Centre Buildings’ redevelopment, and how it will affect campus, is available on the LSE website.
The Elephant will also be relocating to the John Watkins Plaza. He was not available for comment.
The data behind the Freeze Halls Rents campaign.
Student feedback collated from the March 2015 Your Hall,Your Call survey. Financial data provided by the School.
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