With the end of the academic year, exams and hand-in deadlines just around the corner, you’d be forgiven for worrying about those grades and putting your student meals at the bottom of the priority list.
It might be easy to grab slices of pizza on the go and drink copious amounts of coffee to stay awake, however good nutrition can really fuel learning and therefore food preparation should be part of your study plan.
Fully equipped modern kitchens are ready and waiting in your apartment. Why not put your cooking skills to the test and impress your friends? All kitchens have an oven and hob you can cook on, so you can make your favourite recipes from home. After dinner, if you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher in your room you won’t have to worry about washing up, as you can just load it and enjoy the rest of the evening with your friends. If there’s a large group of you eating before you go out for the evening, why not have a group cooking session in the dinner party room and dine in style?
Eating well is beneficial for both your physical and mental health. Your brain needs nutrition just like your heart, lungs and muscles, and the more fuel the brain gets, the more motivation you will have for studying. With that in mind, we have put together a mini recipe book that will help give you a boost whilst studying.
Chilli & Lime Salmon Fajita Salad
This is the perfect salad to add to your list of student meals. It’s full of flavour, easy to make and super healthy. The salmon contains lots of protein and omega 3, both of which are essential to keeping the brain working well. Simply put, this is perfect brain food and could give you an extra edge when combined with plenty of sleep and regular exercise.
For the salmon…
- 2 salmon fillets
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- ½ teaspoon of chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- The zest of two limes
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 red pepper sliced
- For the salad…
- Lettuce or spring greens
- 1 small mango chopped
- 1 jalapeno chopped
- 1/3 of a cup of black beans
- An avocado
- A cup of cheddar cheese
- Tortilla chips
1. In a small bowl, combine the chilli powder, paprika, honey, lime and salt & pepper
2. Place the salmon on a plate, rub in olive oil and sprinkle on the spice mix
3. Add olive oil to a pan and heat, then add the red pepper slices and stir fry for 5 minutes
4. Remove from the pan, turn down the heat, add another tablespoon of olive oil and add the salmon skin up. Sear for 4 minutes then flip and continue cooking for 4 minutes
5. Assemble the salad ingredients in a bowl, add the peppers and divide into bowls, add the cheese and slices of avocado
6. Top with the salmon and garnish with tortilla chips
Simple Cheese Omelette
Eggs are one of the most versatile foods you can find; whether they’re fried, poached or boiled, they are a great source of brain food and one of the best ways to start the day. Making an omelette can be quick and simple, and the chef in you can experiment with flavours according to taste.
- 3 eggs
- Grated cheese of choice
1. Beat the eggs well
2. Add butter to a pan and allow to melt before adding the eggs
3. Let the eggs start to set before adding cheese and any additional ingredients for taste
Delicious flavour combinations include:
- Feta and sundried tomatoes
- Chorizo and cheese
- Broccoli and bacon
Healthy Granola Bars
The recipe for these healthy granola bars is seriously easy, contains just 5 ingredients and requires no baking. These bars are quick to make and the perfect way to get your nuts, fibre, and sugar boost in a delicious snack you can keep in the fridge or freezer.
- 220g pitted medjool dates
- 84g maple syrup or agave nectar
- 64g natural peanut butter
- 112g roasted unsalted almonds
- 135g rolled oats
Additional ingredients: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana, vanilla
1. Add your dates to a food processor and blend until they form a dough-like consistency
2. Place your oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl
3. Warm the honey and peanut butter in a small pan over heat. When heated, stir, and pour over the oat mix. Break up the dates and disperse throughout the mix.
4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer all to an 8×8 inch baking tray lined with baking paper.
5. Let them firm in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
6. Remove the bars from the tray and cut into even squares and store.
Lime and Strawberry Smoothie
If you’re looking for a smoothie that’s both delicious and good for the brain then this easy recipe for students is perfect for pre-studying. It contains antioxidant rich properties which help feed the mind and boost brain power, plus it can be made to order in just 5 minutes.
- 1 lime
- 5 strawberries
- 3 green apples
- Cold green tea
1. Juice the apples and limes
2. Blend in food processor or smoothie maker with strawberries and green tea
3. Pour over crushed ice and enjoy
So there you have it, four quick and easy recipes for students that not only taste delicious but feed the brain in preparation for studying and exams.
If you would like to find out more about preparing meals in our high spec studios, or any of our luxury student accommodation at Collegiate, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team – either via our site or on +44 (0) 1235 8331642.