Can eating the right food improve results? ‘Surely not’ I hear you say, but it’s true! Certain foods can help students achieve better results and in turn help your university or college rank higher in league tables. Just as your organs, muscles, and heart feed on the nutrients that food supplies, so does your brain. But when students are busy revising or finishing dissertations, feeding their brain or their body may be the last thing on their minds. Here’s a great opportunity for your food outlets to give them a helping hand by making sure brain foods are on your menus.
Whether you're a teacher, student or parent we have some food tips to help maintain those all-important energy levels and improve concentration and memory. Let's look at some of the benefits of brain foods.
The brain draws nearly all its energy from glucose. Like a car in need of gas, if you don't pump it full of fats and natural sugars (which are converted to glucose) it doesn't run.
Such as omega-3 and omega-6. These help strengthen the synapses in the brain related to memory.
These are protein-rich foods which are essential for keeping the brain sharp.
Which you get from teas ,vegetables and dark skin fruits help regulate the oxidative stress that destroys brain cells. The stress is caused when your body is converting glucose to energy and extra oxygen is created. Antioxidants block them so your brain doesn't have to work as hard.
Now you know what the brain needs to function more efficiently it’s time to see what your food outlets can do to ensure your students are eating the right foods for maximum brain function and of course, great exam results!
You also need to think about making it easy for busy and stressed out students to order healthy food.
MonitorIT’s online ordering module can help. Student’s can order food for collection or delivery (if you support this) so they don’t need to waste time choosing (often unhealthy choices if they are in a rush) and queuing in the café. Nutritional information can be displayed against each food choice list in the online ordering portal, helping the student to make informed choices, you could even mark items as ‘brain food’ just so there is no doubt!. There are some great benefits to offering online ordering include:
- A simple traffic light system to help inform and guide healthy food choices.
- Enables healthy choices based on nutritional information displayed next to each item.
- Warns or prevents a sale to a customer if the item selected contains something they have flagged as an allergen in their account (e.g nuts)
- Warns or prevents a sale to a customer if a food does not contain something they have flagged (e.g. Vegan)
- Parents can flag dietary restrictions directly into their child’s My Monitor Online Ordering portal.
The solutions reporting options can help to as they can include results on the top 20 healthy eaters and/or the bottom 20 more unhealthy eaters. This can be used to reward the healthier students and be used to flag any issues with the 20 unhealthiest eaters. It comes back to the old saying ‘You are what you eat.’ So if you would like to learn more about how MonitorIT can help with feeding your students the right foods for better results click here
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