Exam period has hit the town and you know what that means… your valuable student brain is gonna get a serious workout, your kids are gonna need some mother’s love (aka home-cooked food) and educators are mentally preparing for a load of exam papers they have to evaluate.
Exam period is a challenging test of endurance. Logically, everyone will need foods that boost your brain at some point. Therefore, healthy food for exam time is vital to keep performing well during the seemingly insurmountable challenge that is called FINALS.
If your mother is not available to cook for your every day, then this article is for you.
A Basic Healthy Snack Survival Kit for Exam Time
Food plays an important part in keeping your brain healthy. It’s important because consuming the right nutrition can improve specific cognitive tasks, such as memory and concentration. These are two vital things for both students and educators this time of year!
Treat your brain like the priceless, powerful machine it is and reap the benefits.
Science tells us that some foods increase awareness and mental sharpness, while some foods make us lethargic or give us brain fog. Choose wisely 🙂
Increase your brain power with these healthy snacks for final exams
Some foods, such as the fruit and veggies mentioned in the list below, but also coffee and tea, have antioxidants that can help protect your brain from damage.
Other ingredients, like nuts, contain necessary nutrients that support memory and brain development.
Why don’t you make a list of healthy exam food as inspiration for the next few weeks? Use the list below to get your started.
Next to plant-based sources (like chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans, seaweed and algae, edamame, kidney beans and soybean oil), Omega 3 is found in relatively big quantities in fatty fish. Omega 3 is a major building block for the brain. It improves your memory power and positively influences your mood. Omega 3 also protects the brain from aging.
All dark berries are packed with antioxidants, and vitamins C and K. These nutrients delay brain aging and improve memory capacity. Because of their high levels of gallic acid, blueberries are especially good at protecting our brains from degeneration and stress.
The chemical substance adenosine, which makes you sleepy, is blocked when you consume caffeine. So, coffee can serve as a boost for alertness. Caffeine also boosts some of your “feel good” neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which leaves you with a good mood. Green tea is an excellent beverage to power up your brain as well. Its caffeine content boosts alertness, its antioxidants protect the brain and the L-theanine helps you relax. Consuming too much caffeine can have negative effects, though, so beware! You could feel irritable, sleepless and anxious which is the opposite of what you want right now!
Turmeric and its active compound curcumin have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that can evoke a healthy brain boost. Research has shown that turmeric can reduce symptoms of depression and Alzheimer’s disease, so it can only be good during exam time, too, right?
Check out our healthy brain boosting recipes!
It includes a quick-fix recipe to add turmeric into your list of healthy snacks during exam period.
Romain lettuce, kale, swiss chard and turnip greens are packed with Vitamins A and K. Consume more of these, especially during finals, and experience better memory capabilities compared to those who don’t eat leafy greens!
Broccoli & Celery
Both broccoli and celery contain nutrients, like powerful antioxidants and vitamins, which you will need this period of the year. They are also low on calories, so they make for great healthy snacks to keep your mouth busy during the exams.
Check our healthy brain boosting recipes for easy ways to snack on celery!
Not a fan of celery? Try these Alberts Smoothies: Pina Celery, Smoothcelery
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Having a salad? Consider adding extra virgin olive oil for its powerful antioxidants. The polyphenols in the oil can improve your learning and memorizing abilities. It’s better to consume straight from the bottle though, because heating up the oil will hydrogenizes and decomposes it.
Give your brain a boost by consuming nuts as a snack. They are packed with brain-boosting nutrients including Vitamin E and healthy fats for energy.
Rich in many micronutrients that are important for brain function, pumpkins seeds are full of copper, iron, magnesium and zinc for example.
Need inspiration to include pumpkin seeds into your snacking stash? You can easily
pimp them up yourself with the recipe we included in the brain boosting recipes guide!
Last but not least: stay hydrated! If you’re wondering how to boost your brain power naturally, one of the most critical things is that you stay properly hydrated while studying and taking exams!
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Alberts helps you make healthy choices by making healthy food accessible to everyone everywhere, at any time. Want to keep up those healthy eating habits throughout the year with (almost) as little hassle as ordering an Alberts Smoothie? Download our Healthy Brain Food Recipes and get started right away!