If we were to put on our trainers and run a marathon we wouldn’t just go to the start line and start running. We’d put in some training and we’d certainly consider what foods we would need to eat to help our body get to the finish line. Learning french is no different. You can practice all you like, you can sign up to as many intensive french courses as you want but none of this will be effective if you don’t also give your brain the fuel it needs. We’ve been looking at the foods that will really help you when it comes to learning french and you’ll be pleased to know they’re not all boring leafy vegetables….
Nuts, especially walnuts are an excellent food to help learning. Walnuts are especially brilliant. Why not sprinkle some nuts on your breakfast before coming to your intensive french lesson or even bring a tub of nuts with you to enjoy when we have a little break. Walnuts are full of DHA which is a type of Omega 3 which helps to improve brain performance. The other good thing about nuts is that they’re filling so will help to keep the hunger at bay if you’re enrolled on an intensive course meaning lessons are as long as 3 hours.
Superfoods like blueberries
The antioxidants in blueberries are proven to help areas of your brain that are related to learning. The other good thing about this superfood is that their delicious and readily available here in Morzine. Myrtilles as they’re known in France are a very popular food in the local area and can often be found in delicious cakes and pastries at most bakeries. Who said foods that help the brain had to be boring? I can’t believe I’m claiming that myrtille pies might make your brain learn french quicker!
Fish like trout, salmon and sardines are rich in Omega-3 which really does help to fuel the brain and improve learning. People might not want to sit next to you in class but you’ll certainly be one of the quickest learners if you put these at the top of your shopping list! These foods are especially good for improving memory which is essential when learning a language and having to memorise new words, verbs and sentence constructions.
Avocado is similar to salmon in that it has lots of Omega 3 in it. However it’s also helps the body to release feel good chemicals. You’ll stay positive in even the most difficult moments of your intensive french course! The other amazing thing about avocado is that it’s absolutely delicious. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner and works well with a load of other tasty treats, like bacon!
Now I didn’t say there weren’t ANY leafy greens on this list. Broccoli is, after all, everybody’s favourite! Broccoli is packed full of vitamin K which is great for brain function and it also has choline in it which is fantastic for memory. Why not pop a portion of broccoli on the side of your dinner plate the night before your french class and see what happens!
Eggs also have choline in, just like broccoli and are a great source of protein as well. If you have an egg for breakfast before your french lesson, it’s unlikely that you’ll be hungry before lunchtime. Eggs also contain certain vitamins which are great for brain health and to keep your mind feeling young and ready to learn.
The best thing about oats is that they keep you filled up. Have a good size portion before you come to your french lesson and you’ll feel awake, lively and well fuelled right up to lunchtime. You can also combine oats with some of the other great foods we’ve mentioned to make a breakfast dish fit for learning. Oats also contain vitamins that help the brain work to its best level. Why not do some overnight oats, add blueberries and hemp (which is also great for the brain) to make a breakfast of champions!
Dark chocolate and COFFEE!
I did say it wasn’t all boring foods didn’t I? Who knew that chocolate and coffee will help you learn french?! The caffeine found in coffee obviously helps with your alertness and the “flavanoids” in dark chocolate helps get the blood to the brain apparently. Meaning it can help with memory, alertness, reaction time and therefore learning! Amazing news for chocolate lovers out there!