There’s no getting around it – working all day, whether writing, designing, or coding, takes effort and a lot of energy. You may the kind of person who skips breakfast, but it would be unwise to go all day without eating.

Keeping your brain fueled also means keeping your body well-fed. Where creativity is literally our livelihood, why not do everything within your power (within reason) to increase your creativity?

As it turns out, your choice in snacks, lunch ingredients, and drinks can actually have an effect on your creative performance.

 

So, when you pack your lunch for tomorrow, consider these 5 ingredients:

 

  1. Eggs

Choline is the main nutrient found in eggs and was named an essential nutrient in human development by the National Academy of Sciences in 1998.

The consumption of choline is especially crucial for brain function and memory. This is us saying: Start your day sunny side up!

 

  1. Walnuts

Studies on heart-healthy diets (such as the Mediterranean diet) are showing the foods involved, like nuts – which are rich in Omega-3s – may decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

So really, it’s okay to get a little nuts since this snack goes straight to your head and helps with memory and cognitive ability. Two functions that keep you creative.

Feel free to pass the trail mix, friends.

 

  1. Beets

In a study published in Physiology and Behavior, the effects of nitrate were tested on healthy adults in relation to cognitive performance. The study had participants consume nitrate-rich beetroot juice prior to performing 3 tasks that activated the frontal cortex. Results suggest that nitrate-rich beetroot juice (and by extension vegetables, in general) improve cognitive performance!

You mother was right! You need to eat your veggies!

 

  1. Alcohol

While we do not condone showing up to work drunk (that is HUGE no-no!), a study from the University of Illinois, published in Consciousness and Cognition, suggests alcohol in moderation can increase creativity.

The study showed that by drinking to a blood alcohol level of .075 increased participants’ ability to solve creative problems, in less time, than sober participants.

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

A study from the University of Nottingham found that the consumption of a cocoa drink rich in flavanols (a main ingredient in dark chocolate) boosted blood flow to the brain resulting in heightened short term (2-3 hours) cognitive skills.

Similarly, another study gave 72 healthy, middle-aged participants a dark chocolate drink mix for 30 days to determine the effect on mood. The results of the study showed that the sub-chronic effects of cocoa polyphenols significantly increased calmness and contentedness.

Basically, dark chocolate will make you smarter and keep you calmer when you’re feeling stressed and sleep-deprived.

Dessert anyone?

 

 


If you haven’t visited our office yet, well you’re missing out. Y5 happens to keep a free vending machine FULL of tasty and creative-inducing snacks. Just sayin’.

Give Y5 a call today at 778-379-2177 to learn about TeamPlay, and how our snacking habits can really benefit you!

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