Tests. Who doesn’t despise them? They breed stress, sweat, and sometimes sheer terror.
The age-old question is, how do you make taking a test more bearable? Short answer: eat high energy breakfast foods.
According to a study performed by the University of Waterloo, 39% of college students skip breakfast. In light of this statistic, researchers have found that students who skip their morning meal score, on average, two grades lower than students who don’t. That means eating breakfast can automatically improve your grades!
Your processing speed, focus, and sustained attention are all controlled by your brain. To function at its highest capacity, your brain requires glucose, fat, water, and vitamins. Although Red Bull may give you a buzz, it won’t provide you the nutrients your brain needs to sustain itself through a 3-hour Chemistry exam, so let’s start eating right!
There are a few, simple, high energy breakfast foods that will give you the stamina you need.
Avocados are one of the biggest food trends of the decade, and they are a great way to start your day. Avocados help keep energy levels consistent. The smooth, green fruit contains B Vitamins, which boost the production of neurotransmitters, allowing the brain and body to communicate more efficiently. An increase in neurotransmitters is associated with an increase in test scores.
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- Avocado toast (5 min.)
- Avocado omelets (7 min.)
- Avocado smoothies (5 min.)
Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants and viscous fibers. These nutrients increase feelings of fulness, help reduce cholesterol and stabilize blood pressure. Oatmeal is considered a complex carbohydrate, meaning it is packed with elements slow to digest. This supplies energy evenly, over time, keeping concentration balanced for long periods. It’s a perfect, quick meal before taking a long test.
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- Add almond butter and bananas (5 min.)
- Add cinnamon and green apples (7 min.)
- Add almond milk, honey, and frozen berries (5 min.)
Greek yogurt is creamy and delicious. It can be paired with several different kinds of foods to make a complete and tasty meal. It is packed with carbs and healthy fats, which assist the brain in productivity and focus. Many foodies place the yogurt in a mason jar with their favorite toppings, making it an ideal on-the-go breakfast.
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- Top with whole-grain granola, coconut, and banana (5 min.)
- Top with berry compote and oats (5 min.)
- Top with nuts, blueberries, and honey (5 min.)
Health experts claim that eating eggs for breakfast helps maintain blood sugar and insulin levels while also increasing feelings of fullness. It has also been observed that eating eggs early in the morning reduces caloric intake the rest of the day. Eggs are a great source of protein, which promotes alertness and activity in the brain and body. Another plus is that eggs are versatile, you can prepare them several different ways and even hard boil them for a quick breakfast as your heading out the door.
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- Scrambled with toast (10 min.)
- Hard-boiled with salt and pepper (15 min.)
- Fried egg sandwiches (10 min.)
Eating coconut leads to increased brain function, as well as improvements in the body’s utilization of energy. This is the perfect addition to any sweet breakfast because it gives an extra endurance boost to your morning meal. Before tests, this is the perfect sweet and tasty treat that will keep your mind ready to answer tough questions.
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- Add coconut/coconut milk to oatmeal (5 min.)
- Add coconut/coconut milk to smoothies or fruit bowls (5 min.)
- Add coconut/coconut milk to waffle or pancake mix (15 min.)
You have multiple choices on what you decide to consume every morning.
Make the right one.