HOW CAN I EAT WELL FOR EXAMS?
Eating well can positively impact your health and improve focus and concentration. When you are stressed, every bite counts!
Here are some tips to help prepare your body and brain for exam day.
- Eat within an hour of waking up.
- Aim to have a balanced meal (including 3-4 food groups) every 4 hours during the day.
- If stress decreases your appetie, try eating smaller, more frequent meals every 2-3 hours during the day.
- Plan ahead and stock up on portable snacks that are easy to grab and eat on-the-go.
- At snack times, aim to include at least one of the following good groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, protein or dairy.
- Portion out desserts and candy to help prevent over-eating or mindless eating related to stress.
- Stay hydrated by drinking 8 oz. of water every 1-2 hours and snacking on fruits and vegetables.
- Fuel your bain! Consider the following food combinations that provide a healthy balance of carbohydrates and protein to keep your brain fueled and ready for when ou need it the most.
- cereal or granola with low-fat milk or yogurt + fruit
- toast + vegetable omelet + 1--% fruit juice
- sandwich with deli meat, cheese or hummus + colorful veggie toppings + chocolate milk
- vegetable soup + grilled cheese
- stir-fry rice with protein source (chickecn, beef or beans) and steamed veggies
- pasta with tomato sauce, grilled chicken + salad greens + cookie
- greek yogurt + granola bar
- pretzels or pita chips + hummus
- rice cakes + peanut butter and honey
- trail mix (almond or walnuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips)
- oatmeal + dried fruit or nuts