Boost your brain power ahead of an exam with food that will give you energy, improve your focus, and optimize your brain function.
Here are 5 breakfast options for the day of your important exam:
- Make a balanced breakfast in 5 minutes.
- Oatmeal mixed with 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, 1 teaspoon peanut butter, sliced banana or other fresh fruit, and some walnuts or almonds on top. Flaxseeds are an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a healthy fat that boosts cerebral cortex function.
- Parfait that consists of layering 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1 tablespoon granola, 1 cup fresh fruit (sliced or diced), and a spoonful of nuts such as walnuts and almonds. Almonds are beneficial for increased attention and awareness necessary for learning, as well as restoring memory and cognitive function.
- Eat an egg! Eggs are a powerful mix of B vitamins (they help nerve cells to burn glucose), antioxidants (they protect neurons against damage), and omega-3 fatty acids (they keep nerve cells functioning at optimal speed).
- Have an : this powerful sandwich is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help brain cells communicate, and they also regulate neurotransmitters so you can maximize your mental focus.
- Get some walnuts: this powerful brain food improves cognitive function and boosts learning, and can even . You need less than a handful: eat them with your breakfast or as a snack.
- Drink a beet and berry smoothie. Did you know that the natural nitrates in beets can increase blood flow to your brain which improves mental performance? In a blender, combine 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1 cup frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), 1/2 cup diced beets (raw or roasted), 1 tablespoon granola, 2–3 dates, 1/4 cup coconut water or plain low-fat yogurt, and 3 ice cubes. Blend for one minute.