Whether you're at school, uni or college, the unfortunate truth of life rn is that you'll probably be facing some kind of exams in the near future. And whilst that means a lot of revision, a whole load of stress and a lot less time spent wondering what Niall Horan's up to (side note: probably not in our case), we've got a couple of tricks up our sleeve to help you out.
Along with the help of blogger Alessandra Peters and her new book The Foodie Teen, here are 6 tips to help you rustle up some at-home recipes that will not only look great on Instagram, but help to boost your brain power too. Hooray.
1. Broccoli and cauliflower are great for a memory boost. Thanks to the vitamin K, these veg will help you remember things better and increase the impact of your revision - so try cooking them in a soup, stir-fried or eating them raw with a delicious dip.
2. Berries are full of antioxidants aka the kings and queens of brainfood. Make yourself a smoothie with raspberries, strawberries and cranberries and reap the effects of improved concentration and less fatigue.
3. Eggs are full of protein and have loads of energy boosters like choline, vitamin B12 and vitamin D in them which act as brain boosters, too, so they make a great exam day breakfast.
4. Choose a handful of nuts over something sugary to snack on to avoid an energy crash mid-afternoon. If you're getting hungry after hours of revision and need a snack, go for a handful of nuts. Walnuts kind of look like mini brains and there's a good reason for that - with lots of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc, they improve cognitive performance aka make your brain work better.
5. Sleep is equally as important as food - so take naps if you need them. Remember that it's not just the food you eat that'll help you do great in your exams though – sleep is super important too. While it's tempting to pull an all-nighter if you're a little late with the revision, your brain functions way better if you've had enough sleep.
6. Take frequent breaks. If it's all getting a bit too stressful, take a few minutes to go outside, blast your favourite song or text a friend. Exams aren't the end of the world despite what it might feel like in the moment, and you don't want to stress yourself out to no end.
Check out Alessandra's recipe for chocolate and hazelnut truffles below:
The Foodie Teen by Alessandra Peters is published by Michael Joseph, £16.99.
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