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UEW: Here Are Brain Foods You Should Be Eating During Exam Week

Hey peeps, exam week is almost here and yes, we’re here for you, as always…

Here are some brain food suggestions to ensure you’re at your best during the exam week.

Oily fish

Salmon, sardines and mackerel are among the healthiest types of fish, as they contain lots of protein and omega 3, which is essential to keeping a functioning brain working well. Herring and trout are other possible options, but the simplest (and cheapest) meal for students is probably sardines on toast. Choose whole-wheat bread and you’ll have a healthy, long-lasting meal, combining complex carbohydrates, vitamins and protein.

Eggs

Let’s face it: eggs are one of the most versatile foods on earth. Fried, boiled or poached, eggs are healthy and good brain food. They’re a great way to start the day and are more likely to leave you feeling fuller than sugary cereals or pastries. Just one egg contains vital nutrients, 6g of protein, vitamin B12 (which helps convert glucose into energy) and less than 100 calories – depending on how you cook it.

Dark leafy greens

All dark greens are packed with vitamin K, which help build pathways in the brain, as well as naturally occurring nitrates and antioxidants. You’ll also get a healthy amount of B6 and B12 from some of these vegetables, which are associated with improvements in alertness and memory.

Peanut butter

Many people think peanut butter is unhealthy food, but it actually contains healthy fats and lots of protein per serving. This means that as brain food, just a little can keep you full for a long time. Go on, eat it out of the jar with a spoon. We won’t judge you. Nuts, in general, are also extremely good brain food, so stock up on snacking packs before your next trip to the library or study session in your room.

 

Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruits, especially bananas and citrus fruits.

Bananas tend to be a great source of quick energy, as the natural sugars are broken down fairly quickly, to prevent an energy ‘crash’ it is best to pair it with some type of protein like peanut butter.

Citrus fruits, like oranges, provide great energy and Vitamin C which can be especially helpful in boosting immunity during the stressful time of exams.

Water! Water! Water!

It is extremely important to stay hydrated during crunch time. A student’s best bet is to drink six to eight cups of water per day and focus on taking time for sleep. A well-hydrated body and clear mind can’t be beaten.”

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