Which breakfast should you have on the day of exam?

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 avocado and sardine sandwich: 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 reduce memory loss. 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.

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