My Chef – Feeding the Brain this Study Season – Written by Jenna Evans
With the last term of the year upon us and exam season nearing, it is time for all learners to get their head in the books and start revising the year’s work.
Apart from ensuring your children get in enough study time and adequate sleep during the exam period, it is pertinent that they eat the correct food to help them maximise on boosting their brains capacity to concentrate.
Large amounts of time spent studying needs to be broken up into sessions with snacks in between to help energise not only the body, but more importantly, the brain.
To aid in providing the correct nutrition for the brain over this mentally stressful period, My Chef sought the advice of their registered Dietician, Julie Thomas, who is a specialist in the field of nutrition and assists with all health and nutritional goals. She qualified in 2007 from UKZN with a BSc Dietetics and a PG Dip Dietetics and has been registered with the HPCSA as a qualified dietician since 2008. She is also a member of ADSA (Association of Dietetics South Africa). Thomas has a special interest in chronic diseases of lifestyle, weight loss management, goal weight maintenance, sports nutrition and children’s unique dietary requirements.
There are a range of foods that can help with mental focus which include, leafy green vegetables, whole grain foods, nuts, pumpkin seeds, broccoli amongst others. Due to the fact that the brain needs to be fuelled in order to concentrate, a number of items on the My Chef menu have been designed to include these “brain foods” and even though the menus constantly change, you are able to find items including:
Pear And Avocado Salad – a world class salad with rocket & leafy greens, topped with caramelised pears, feta and avo cream, finished off with honeyed seed & a mustard vinaigrette (Serves 2), for only R45.00.
Broccoli and Bacon Salad – steamed broccoli, crispy bacon and sweet red onion topped with sunflower seeds and dressed in the My Chef
homemade banting mayonnaise for only R30.00.
Chicken Pesto Salad Wrap – an easy to eat snack wrap with chicken fillet, herbs, pecorino, anchovies’, a touch of lemon juice, nuts, salt, pepper, tomato, cucumber, red onion in a flour tortilla for only for only R30.00; and even something on the sweeter side, like that of the Banting Lemon Cheesecake which is not only rich and zesty, but is also sugar-free and includes cashew nuts, almond nuts, coconut and dates for only R22.00 a portion.
Then there is also homemade health rusks which are always a great snack to have on hand. Try the Cranberry and Omega Seed Rusks which include sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseed, coconut and cranberries for only R45.00.
For more information and to view their menu’s visit www.mychef.co.za.