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Must Have 10 Foods During College Exams

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Must Have 10 Foods during College Exams

It's exam time and we can sense the anxiety and tension among the students. Textbooks and lecture notes all around, students spend day and night preparing and challenging their brains. But, have you ever wondered that whatever you eat can greatly affect your performance in the exams? Nowadays, many college students rely on coffee and energy drinks, especially during the exams, research or dissertation writing.

But just like all your important notes and questions, good nutrition should also be a part of your study plan. In fact, studies show that a healthy diet immensely impacts the performance of the students in their exams. Healthy eating not only improves your academic performance but can majorly elevate your mood and reduce the risk of depression. Hence, it is advisable that students should consume a diet enriched with fresh fruits and vegetables to stay alert and highly focused while studying.

If you are looking forward to acing those tests, here are 10 quality foods that you must consume during your college exams.

Must Have 10 Foods During College Exams 


An effective brain food, almonds are a must morning snack during the exam preparations. Rich in protein, fiber and monosaturated fats, almonds can boost your energy levels, help in repairing the brain cells and thus, sharpen your memory. Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E are present in almonds that promote brain health. Not only this, they are a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that can help in increasing the intellectual levels of the brain. Eating almonds can help you feel fuller and can help in reducing the craving to munch on those unhealthy snacks.


Fry, boil or take on the go, eggs are a good brain food that you can prepare easily. Better than those sugar-coated pastries and cookies, eggs can be your best friend at the breakfast table. They are enriched with Vitamin B12 and protein and would keep you full for a long time than the simple cereals. Studies show that having boiled eggs can improve the brain, bone health and eyesight. So why not improve your brain memory by having some healthy eggs in the morning? 

Green Tea

Instead of grabbing an energy drink try some green tea during the exam period. Being the most healthy caffeinated drink green tea acts as an antioxidant and helps in boosting concentration. It helps in reproducing healthy brain cells and improves the memory. It removes the bad substances in caffeine and helps in prevention of hypertension and sleep disorders. Hence, if you want to improve your grades then replace your cup of coffee with green tea and stay energized.


A carrier of good bacteria, yoghurt can help you in fighting illness such as throat infections, ear infectivity and prevent cold. It acts as a carrier for other brain foods and thus, it is a very important part of the diet. As the number of good bacteria increases in your body, you feel much healthy. Also, yoghurt can keep our digestive systems strong. You can also try some Greek yoghurt which is specially enriched with protein and contains a lower amount of sugar. Just add some fruits and flavors and it can be your perfect snack.


Walnuts are another super powerful food item that can help you stay healthy during the stressed examination season. They have Omega 3 acids in abundance that are a really good nutrient for the brain. They promote mental concentration and electrical signaling between the nerve cells. Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B6 are also present in walnuts which promote the nerve health. Walnuts are antidepressants that can boost brain activity and increase the memory. Just add this superfood to your cereal bowl and provide the right fuel to your brain. 

Green leafy vegetables

Green veggies especially dark green leafy vegetables are regarded as the king of alkalization. They are a great source of vitamins, natural fiber and minerals. Whether it is your eyes, brain, blood pressure levels or even your mood, these green leafy vegetables can improve everything. Moreover, they can keep you hydrated as they contain a lot of water. They are enriched with iron and natural fiber which help in improving the metabolism of the body. If you feel tired often during the exams green vegetables can help in boosting the energy levels in your body. So, start adding some broccoli, spinach or kale to your grocery list, as they say, the greener the better.

Green leafy vegetables

Peanut butter

Do you consider peanut butter an unhealthy food? Well, it is another brain food enriched with Omega 3 fatty acids that are ideal for improving the brain power. It also contains healthy fats and a good amount of protein that could keep you full for a long time. If you do not like peanut butter, try some peanuts instead. They are also rich in energy levels and would also provide the same benefits as peanut butter. In fact, they are rich in biotin which is responsible for the psychological well-being and are great antioxidants. So, peanuts are also a great snack to munch on.


Low fat, high proteins, magnesium and Vitamin B, beans are a great food to keep your brain working and enabling you in studying hard during the exams. Beans digest slowly, keep blood glucose stable in the body and restrict fatigue. They are also a source of Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They can help you lower the cholesterol levels, improve your bone health, and can also uplift your mood. Also, beans are quite inexpensive and easily available food item. So why not try them?


Do you know that there are more than hundred species of carrots? A great source of antioxidants and natural carbohydrates, carrots contain Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, along with folate, potassium, magnesium, iron and copper. Carrots help in reducing stress, hypertension and strengthen the immune system. You can consume them raw or have some carrot juice every day. In fact, carrot juice would benefit your digestive system and boost your energy levels. With such nutritional benefits, carrots are a must for the students.

eating carrots


Often called as 'superfood', blueberries are incredibly healthy. They contain the highest number of antioxidants out of all fruits and vegetables. Enriched with Vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium and fiber, they lower the blood pressure, boost the memory and help in increasing the learning capacity of the mind. Rich in iron and zinc, blueberries can help in maintaining your bone strength too. Ever wondered these little berries would have such great nutritional benefits? Why not add them to your meal plan today?

Apart from these brain foods, it is highly advisable to stay well hydrated during the exam times. So, have enough amount of water and stay away from sugar-filled drinks and soda. Although they might give you a good amount of calories but bring no nutritional value to your body. Instead, try some fresh juices and green tea. Eat smarter to enhance your studying power. Last but not the least, you should try and eat at regular intervals to keep your energy levels steady. By following these small tips and adding some of these nutritious foods into your diet, you would surely be able to give your brain a healthy boost.

Author Bio: 
Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of GoDissertationHelp, a leading international online education portal. Imparting online dissertation help, apart from being a business, is also a passion for Aditya. He is avidly indulged in helping students develop their skills and counsels them for their career aspirations.

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  1. Wow, awesome list! Thanks for sharing these.

  2. My son is a college freshman, so of course I had to check out this list. Sound suggestions!

  3. This is a great list because of these items I have at home. This will really help me get through midterms and finals.

  4. Great post! I don't like peanut butter, but there are a lot of these that I do eat regularly - particularly eggs, leafy greens (I love my fruit & veg like crazy) and also greek yoghurt! Tea and plenty of water is a must for me as well :)

  5. Truly a useful post! I drink green tea everyday and yes its really helpful. College exams create lots of stress but a good exercise and healthy diet can keep you active and fresh all day.

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