Finals week. The week every college student loathes: the library is packed, people around you are ferociously typing, you’ve put your relationships on the back burner and Netflix has never sounded better. When you are studying for finals, good nutrition often slides way down the priority list, because who has time to make dinner when they have five finals to study for in three days? Ordering a pizza is a lot less time consuming, and bonus...you can spend the time you would’ve used on cooking to procrastinate instead! But, let’s be serious, good nutrition should be near the top of your priority list because it’s going to help fuel your brain. The better you fuel your brain, the better you’ll study.
So here are 5 tips for eating right during exams:
1. Binge on blueberries
In a study conducted by Tufts University, evidence suggests that eating blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. So, add some blueberries to your morning waffles or yogurt!
2. Eat at regular intervals
Eating a well-balanced meal at regular times helps keep nutrient and energy levels stables, curbing the temptation of buying that bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos from the vending machine.
3. Meet breakfast, your new study buddy
Coffee (although this is your study buddy, too) and a donut don’t cut it. Eat a well-balanced breakfast full of protein, calcium and fiber to help keep you satiated longer. Opt for an English muffin with egg ham and cheese, or make a few breakfast burritos over the weekend and freeze them for your tasty, time saving, cheesy enjoyment during finals week.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brain power.
5. Big meals are the enemy
So you may think eating that whole pizza or foot long from Subway is a great idea, but come twenty minutes later you’ve entered a food coma. Instead of shoveling large amounts of food into your mouth, try for 5-6 small meals each day. It will not only keep your blood sugar levels stable, but it will keep you energized and motivated to get your study on.
Good luck everyone, we got this!