Exam time is the most crucial and straining time for both the mind and body. We must take care and pay attention to what we eat and drink during this time. Here is a list of ‘what’ and ‘how’ to eat right during exams:
1. How to eat smarter
Meeting daily vitamin and mineral requirements will make doing your best much easier. Iron and B vitamins are especially important for maintaining the physical and mental energy necessary to study well. Green Leafy vegetables such as spinach that are rich in iron and whole cereals – such as oatmeal, wheat germ and brown rice that are good sources of B vitamins must be consumed.
2. Eat at regular intervals.
Eating meals at regular intervals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable, curbing the temptation of empty-calorie snacks in the vending machine. So time your eating and stay healthy!
3. Chew-able Vitamin C is not a meal.
Dietary supplements are good, but real food is better. An orange contains not only Vitamin C, but also fiber, beta carotene and other minerals — so it can’t be replaced by a pill.
4. Going bananas? Good.
Fruits are the best foods during exam time as they do not fill up your stomach making you feel lazy. Moreover, they make you feel refreshing. Slice up all fruits stored up in the refrigerator and make a yum Fruit Salad.
5. Meet breakfast, your new study buddy.
While much is said about the reasons to eat breakfast, less known are the best ways to eat in the morning. A bowl of cereal with milk and a piece of fruit would do the trick. If you like Eggs, even better, a glass of milk with eggs on the side is just the way to go.
6. Big meals keep on turning … in your stomach.
You might find that eating the standard three-big-meals-a-day slows you down mentally and physically. Eat light and healthy food to keep yourself fresh and active.
7. Choose powerful vegetables.
Not all vegetables are created equal. The darker the color, the higher the concentration of nutrients. For example, spinach has more to offer the mind and body than iceberg lettuce.
8. Smart snacking can enhance studying.
Snack smart while studying and you may find that you retain more. Try to get two food groups into your snacks to balance the nutrients and keep your blood-sugar level stable.
9. Stay well hydrated.
Choose your beverages well, though. Caffeine and sugar should be kept to a minimum. Since too much caffeine can make you jittery, try to consume it at a moderate amount. Better choices include water, fruit juice, milk, and anti-oxidant-rich green tea.
10. Gather simple recipes for nourishing foods.
It’s easy to feed the brain well. No-fuss recipes let you eat to succeed, without taking too much time. There are many minute made food recipes available which are not at all time consuming but healthy.