Cheap and Easy Brain Food Recipes!

Yep, it’s here. Those essay deadlines and exams are catching up with us, that revision can no longer be avoided and, despite all the stress and sleep deprivation, we somehow have to keep ourselves together and try to do well! Unfortunately, I can’t help you speed up time until its all over, but I  can offer you some healthy recipes that will hopefully help boost your energy levels and  improve your concentration – great for essay writing and revision!

Breakfast – Berry Banana Smoothie with Toast

Ingredients (serves 1):


  • 230ml fat-free milk
  • ½ c frozen berries
  • ½ banana, sliced and divided
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
  • ⅓ c high-fiber cereal
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread



  1. Blend the fat-free milk, frozen berries, banana and cereal together in a blender.
  2. Toast the bread and have with a healthy topping of your choice.

Start the day right by getting some all important fruit, as well as some energy to burn (speed walk to the library anyone?!) Ok, so we’d probably all prefer a big greasy fry up, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a healthy mind needs a healthy body!

Lunch – Tuna Melt

Ingredients (serves 1):


  • 1 160g can chunk tuna in spring water, drained
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded mature Cheddar cheese



  1. Combine tuna, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Spread 1/2 of the tuna mixture on each slice of toast
  3. Top with tomato slices and cheese.
  4. Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and grill until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Since school we’ve all heard that fish is meant to be great brain food, but that doesn’t mean we can’t mix it in with some other delicious ingredients. If you already like cheese on toast, then why not add some brain power to it to help you along?!

Dinner – Pasta with Tomato and Hidden Veg Sauce

Ingredients (serves 4):


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 tbsp each caster sugar and balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 300g dried pasta shapes
  • Parmesan, shaved to serve (optional)



  1.  Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and gently cook the onion, carrots and leek until soft, about 20 mins.
  2. Add the peppers and cook for 10 mins more.
  3. Tip in the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Simmer for at least 20 mins (the longer the better).
  4. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, blitz the sauce with a hand blender until smooth, season and return to the heat to keep warm while the pasta cooks.
  5. Drain the pasta and toss through the sauce. Serve in bowls topped with shaved Parmesan, if you like.

Got a late night of revision ahead? Help keep up your energy levels up with this warming meal. Whilst you’ve got the treat of having pasta, you’re also getting the benefits of healthy vegetables in a really delicious and filling meal.

I hope you try these brain food recipes out and enjoy! 🙂



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