Back To School

A girlfriend from high school called me this week, excited to share that she’s decided to start her RN program this Fall. She’s packed in a full schedule, out the door by 7:30 every morning, but managing to fit yoga in on Wednesdays. I thought to myself, what’s in your snack bag?


Grab something to boost your brain in the morningalmonds, yogurt, and a thermos of green tea.

A handful of almonds, a cup of yogurt, and a thermos of green tea are a healthy combination of nutrients, including protein and the mineral manganese. Almonds are made up of riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that wake up the brain. Yogurt contains the power of protein, a natural energy booster. Green tea is not only a great source for antioxidants, but helps regulate the blood sugar levels in the body through  manganese.

Pick up a natural kick to help you push through the afternoon – pumpkin seeds, blackberries, and apple slices.

A bag of pumpkin seeds contains the recommended daily amount of zinc, a mineral known for kicking your mind back in gear. Blackberries contain antioxidants called polyphenols, which re-connect neurons in our brains to help us absorb information. Apple slices contain of quercetin, an antioxidant that protects your brain cells as they expand to receive more information.

And don’t forget your water bottle! Stay hydrated throughout the day, so your mind and body can absorb the nutrients in your food.

Now you’ve packed sustainable nutrition for the day. You’re all set.


Bauman, E. and Friedlander, J. (2011). Nutrition Essentials for Everyone Workbook. Penngrove, CA: Bauman College Press