Top 9 healthy foods to snack on during exam time
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With exam term creeping up on upon us, metaphorically cracking its knuckles and humming the Jaws theme, revision becomes a more and more important, albeit unwelcome prospect. Stress and anxiety over upcoming exams, marks and eventually the future tend to hit straight into our eating habits, and while frozen pizzas, garlic bread and chips dunked in mayo might sound like amazing dinner, they are depriving our bodies of vital nutrients while givings us empty calories. However, there are certain things we can do to avoid making that worse - it does require a bit of discipline, but once you get over the first hurdle, it's quite easy to incorporate healthy food in your diet. 1. Fish While it might not come as a surprise to many, fish - in particular oily types - is vital to providing us with important nutrients and you should be looking to incorporate that in your diet come exam time (and in general, really). Salmon is the best choice since not only does it barely smell, but it's also jack full of healthy fats, in particular omega 3. If fish is not your thing, at least get fish oil (omega 3) tablets and take one daily - omega 3 is essential for helping the brain function better, and fish is the easiest way to obtain them from. For the vegetarians or for those who can't stomach fish for one reason or another, try chia or flaxseed, which are believed to be the best vegetarian source of omega-3. 2. Eggs (B12) Eggs are full of protein (which by the way makes them a great breakfast before an exam) and a nutrient called choline, which is thought to boost cognitive performance and improve memory. And boy, do we need our memory on full performance during exam term! But the cherry on top is that it contains the group of vitamins B, the MVPs of the vitamin world when it comes to the production of energy and keeping us alert. Eggs are the best and most sure-fire way to get a nice variety of those, from thiamin (vitamin B1, keeps the nervous system healthy) to vitamin B12, which helps break down food more effectively. 3. Nuts Walnuts in particular are good, as they are considered brain food. They contain Vitamin E and zinc, which are thought to have a good impact on the brain. Don't count peanuts, because despite their name they are actually legumes, Peanut butter on the other hand, is a good choice of snack before an exam since, it keeps you full for a bit. 4. Fruit Not all fruit are created equal, however, so make your picks carefully, while keeping in mind to have a varied diet. Apples are packed full with fast-acting antioxidants, which can help relieve stress. Blueberries are even better, so much so they have been called superfoods, giving us that dose of Vitamin C for that extra kick. If you need energy, bananas are a good, healthy snack. 5. Dairy
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