Exam season is never a fun time. Stuffed libraries, frantic students and rapidly accumulating workloads can really take a toll on you. Sometimes, it gets so bad that you may even decide to skip a few meals just to get your life together.
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But it's important to eat right if you want to get that A+. Here are 9 places in Toronto to help you do that:
Booster Juice // 2 Queen St E
Booster Juice is the perfect drink to accompany a study session. Each smoothie is created using fresh and natural ingredients, and you have the option to choose from several boosters that help with focus, energy and concentration. Check out the full list of boosters here.
Soma Chocolate // 443 King St W
Dark cocoa is known to impart similar effects on the body as caffeine. It boosts serotonin and endorphin levels which help to improve concentration. It is also a source of healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Soma Chocolate is one of the best chocolate shops in town. Make sure to visit them and check out their selection of dark chocolates before you study.
Honest Weight // 2766 Dundas St W
Not all fats are entirely bad. Studies show that foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines help to improve cognitive function. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that will keep your brain from, you know, exploding. Honest Weight is a delicious over-the-counter kitchen that serves several oily fish options that you can try.
Greenhouse Juice // 2553 Yonge St
Foods that are high in vitamins B6 and B12 are known to be good for memory. They protect the brain from homocysteine, a chemical that is notorious for causing nerve damages. Nuts are high in vitamins B6 and B12, and Greenhouse Juice makes some excellent nut milk drinks that you can drink to get your serving of those vitamins.
The Tampered Press // 256 Crawford St
Caffeine is good for you when taken in moderation. It aids in concentration and motivation and also contains polyphenols which help defend the brain against cell death. The Tampered Press whips up great coffees straight from the coffee bean. Their venue is also extremely inviting for those looking for a workspace, as it has great WiFi connection and long tables.
Over Easy // 56 Yonge St
Eggs are similar to oily fish in that they also contain high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, which aids in both memory and mood. They are also a good source of choline, which helps to maintain healthy brain cell membranes. Over Easy specializes in delectable egg dishes that are sure to get you energized for studying.
Tsujiri // 147 Dundas St W
Green Tea is a great alternative for coffee, as it is also a source of caffeine. The only difference is that its caffeine is balanced by a high concentration of theanine, an amino acid that enhances mental alertness. Tsujiri, a newcomer to Toronto, makes all sorts of delicious creations with matcha green tea. Check out their wicked menu here.
The Beet // 2945 Dundas St W
Beets contain a compound called nitrates, that help to open the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the brain. As a result, the brain receives more oxygen and you are left feeling much more focused. Try out a selection of beet recipes, including a to-die-for beet borscht, at The Beet.
Fresh // 147 Spadina Ave
Mom and dad told you to eat your vegetables for good reason. They are high in fibre, which helps to keep energy levels up and blood sugar levels stable. Antioxidants in veggies also increase blood flow to the brain to aid in mental focus. Pick up a nutritional salad from Fresh before heading to the library!
Augie's Ice Pops // 348 Danforth Ave
Frozen Fruit Bars
Fruits function in the same way as vegetables, since they are also high in antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E. Augie's ice pops are a fun way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of fruits! Check out their wide selection of real-fruit ice pops here.
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