Making the Grade by Eating Right

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By Jackie Middleton

Ever noticed how tired and lazy you feel after munching through a bag of potato chips? All that salt and fat may alleviate your hunger pangs, but they’re also a one-way ticket to sluggishness.  Smart food habits help you stay alert in class, retain information and earn top marks. Vervegirl urges you to skip what’s on offer in the school’s vending machines, and try out these fresh choices to get the most bite out of your meals. Your report cards will thank you for it!

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Fruit: Easy to carry, and ready to be enjoyed anywhere, fruit boasts a vitamin-packed punch. Make your snacks count and enjoy apples, bananas, oranges, and don’t discount berries especially those with a blue hue. Blueberries are famous for their brain-boosting properties, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re sweet and tasty too.

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Nuts: Grab a handful of almonds, walnuts and non-salted peanuts for a fast snack that will keep you on the go, and mentally alert. These nuts are known to help with memory loss so best to stock up before that important history exam!

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Yes, it sounds like a lab report in your science class but it’s true – salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the substance that helps to keep the brain healthy and firing on all cylinders. Best of all, this lean protein will quell those annoying hunger pains that sneak up on you when you’re trying to study or finish an assignment.

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Peppermint tea: A sure way to experience that mid-afternoon crash is to sip a soft drink. Avoid the calories and the sugar overload with a refreshing tea. Peppermint tea helps with focus, and has an calming influence unlike pop, coffee and energy drinks which initially provide a boost, but soon after spark a jittery downward spiral.

In combination with adequate sleep, and physical exercise, eating right helps you stay healthy, and ahead of the class. Eat, enjoy and succeed!

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Jackie Middleton is a freelance writer for Jackie’s unhealthy addiction to pop culture only rivals her love of chocolate. Check out her blog at