How to eat your way to exam victory!
Exam period is looming ever closer, for some it has already arrived; the revision is in full swing and stress levels rising by the second (with a few all nighters here and there of course).
It’s important you’re giving your body the good stuff it needs before and during this busy period. So, we have devised a list of things you can do to help keep healthy and level–headed.
These are important as they have plenty of vitamins in them and help oxidation occur within the body – basically getting rid of any bad stuff and keeping our insides healthy and hot on fighting off diseases. These mostly consist of fresh fruit and vegetables – sadly not in the form of pizza or cheesy chips…
Examples of these are:
- Goji Berries
- Dark chocolate (Surprise surprise, a good quality dark chocolate is actually very nutritious, containing a high amount of fibre and minerals.)
- Kidney Beans
- Berries (Blueberries, blackberries and cranberries are up there with some of the most nutritious fruits).
So, why not get cramming in some of these alongside the exam revision?
DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day; so it is important you don’t miss out on it!
Even if you’re not a big breakfast person, try to get your metabolism going by having at least some fruit juice or a smoothie. Get creative and have a go at making your own smoothie! (And if you’re in a rush you can take it with you!)
Top tip: Adding oats is a great way to make sure it fills you up for longer! Recipe here!
Buying frozen fruit and veg from the supermarket ensures you always have easy access to ingredients for your smoothies; it also means it stays fresher for longer. Many supermarkets now offer mixed fruit packs especially for smoothies – so all the hard work is done for you! Recipe here!
Avocado and egg on granary toast is another great option for breakfast, filling, healthy and instagrammable!
Might as well get started on your food blog now?
AVOID EATING THAT BURGER
Try to avoid rubbish foods like crisps, sweets, McDonalds, pizzas etc. you know the drill. They might taste amazing but unfortunately they aren’t doing your body any favours.
Try to stick to healthier options with lots of proteins and vitamins in, such as fish which is a great source of Omega 3 and healthy fatty acid. Try switching some of your regular meals for some fish, paired with plenty of veg!
We are all familiar with the effort it takes to cook a healthy dinner after a long day, especially after an exam, so here are a few recipe ideas for speedy, easy and tasty dinners.
CUT DOWN ON CAFFEINE
Although caffeine is the perfect brew to pick you up, it’s an addictive substance. It works by stimulating our brains and central nervous system, helping us to stay alert and awake.
No, we’re not saying stop drinking tea and coffee altogether, we are no strangers to that early morning coffee craving…
BUT if you’re someone who drinks a fair few cups of tea, coffee or cans of energy drinks throughout the day, it might be a good idea to try and decrease the amount you’re consuming.
Chugging down multiple cans of energy drinks to get you through the day? Try just having one and a fruit juice if you need something to fill that afternoon sugar lust. The same goes for all you serial coffee drinkers, try dropping your cups of coffee down by 1 or 2.
If you lower your caffeine intake you may even notice a positive improvement in your sleeping and eating pattern!
Swap caffeine for WATER!
Water is great for your body so if you’re working on cutting down your caffeine intake, aim to drink more water and keep your body hydrated (the recommended water intake is 6-8 glasses a day after all).
And if you’re not a fan of bog standard water, try infusing it with things like cucumber, lemon, lime, berries and mint (all great ingredients for your health) – spice it up a bit.
So, with all these hints and tips you’ll be eating your way to exam success in no time! Good luck!