Brain Foods for Finals
It's May, which means the major thing standing between students and summer is finals. Stress often comes hand in hand with finals time (please see our December feature for more information and helpful hints on stress), but what students should focus on instead is how to maximize their brain power. Eating a well-balanced diet is key to reaching your brain's potential.
Here are some helpful tips to utilize before test day:
Eat a nutritionally power packed breakfast. Oatmeal or a whole-grain cereal topped with fruit and/or nuts is a great way to start your big day. Studies show that eating breakfast correlates to greater academic achievement and an improved attention span. Eating a healthy breakfast every morning is a great way to be sharp everyday of the semester, not just test day.
Get a full night of sleep. College students hear this time and time again, but it is because sleep is so important for reaching your maximum academic and athletic performance. Studies have shown students who pull all-nighters actually have slightly lower GPAs. The average sleep need for college students is over 8 hours!
Eat brain foods throughout your entire day. Coupling whole fruits and vegetables with protein packed foods such as beans, nuts and tofu help keep your mind clear and focused. Avoid higher sugar foods such as candy to prevent a crash later in the day.