When you are studying for your exams, good nutrition is often is the lowest on the priority list. It is extremely convenient to get into the habit of ordering food, or consuming coffee, tea or cola because you don’t want to waste the limited time available on preparing food. But, do you know that good nutrition should be an integral part of your study plan? Your brain needs good fuel to ace those tests.

  • Here are 7 tips for eating right during exams:

    How do I eat smarter?
    Meeting daily nutritional requirements will make "doing your best" much easier. Iron and B vitamins are especially important for maintaining the physical and mental energy necessary to study well. Foods like cereals and spinach, whole-grains, eggs and almonds, fish and soy are other foods that are said to help boost your brain by providing the nutrients it needs.
  • Eat at regular intervals
    Eating regular meals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable, curbing the temptation of empty-calorie snacks. Keep some almonds handy in a tiffin box so you’ll always have your perfect daily portion. Pair them with fruits, or include them in other snacks
  • Meet breakfast, your new study buddy
    While much is said about the reasons to eat breakfast, less known are the best ways to eat smart in the morning. The idea is to get some protein, calcium, fibre and a piece of fruit or a vegetable in there. So, a bowl of cereal with milk and a piece of fruit would do the trick. Or try a cereal bar with milk.
  • Include fruits
    Going bananas? Good. Fruit ranks high among the best food you can eat for your brain. Blueberries (which can be bought frozen in bags) get a lot of attention because they contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients. The natural sugars in fruit offer clean energy, so you don’t experience the crash that follows consumption of refined sugar.
  • Choose powerful vegetables
    Not all vegetables are created equal. The darker the color, the higher the concentration of nutrients. For example, spinach has more to offer the mind and body than iceberg lettuce. Other great vegetable choices include bell peppers, broccoli and sweet potatoes.
  • Smart snacking can enhance studying
    Snack smart while studying and you may find that you retain more. Snacking on almonds instead of consuming unwholesome snacks, can make a healthy difference to our life. Almonds are easy and quick to flavour and go with just about any masala/spices. Whip up some flavoured almonds to give to your family as a snack, in addition to plain almonds
  • Stay well hydrated
    Choose your beverages well, though. Caffeine and sugar should be kept to a minimum. Since too much caffeine can make you jittery, try to drink moderate amounts: Better choices include water, fruit juice, milk, and anti-oxidant-rich green tea.