Lots of articles and books have been written on how to boost performance when studying or reviewing through healthy eating. I have read a number of very informative books and articles and experts have identified the ideal foods students and examinees should include in their diet when preparing for exams such as the November 2008 Nurse Licensure Examination.
- Hot cocoa. A cup of hot cocoa during cold nights can increase blood flow to the brain. It has a stimulating effect increasing your concentration as you study. Just remember to read labels and choose a brand not loaded with sugar and hydrogenated oils.
- Raw carrots or whole wheat crackers. We have to be careful in choosing our glucose sources. Snacking on raw carrot sticks or wheat crackers is ideal compared to having cake or candy bars. Wheat crackers and carrot sticks are low in glycemic index and will give you that steady rise in sugar levels that you need compared to the temporary boost you get our of eating cake or candy.
- Plain yogurt. Plain yogurt is refreshing, vitamin-packed, and low-calorie.
- Low-fat milk with high-fiber cereal. The carohydrates in the cereal will be a good source of glucose. The protein in milk will be your energy reserve and will keep you sated to avoid overeating.
- A small piece of dark chocolate. Not only is dark chocolate rich in antioxidants, it can produces a stimulating effect as you study for the nursing board exams especially during midday.
- Boiled peanuts. Boiled peanuts is a good source protein and monounsaturated fat. It also contains four times the antioxidants in roasted or raw peanuts.
- Fruit slices. Fruits like apples, banana, melon, and mangoes are good sources of glucose and fiber and are also very rich in antioxidants. Apple is also a good source of pectin which will keep you sated for up to four hours.
- Low-fat tuna sandwich. Snack on a hearty sandwich made out of whole-wheat bread, low-fat tuna, low-fat mayo, tomato, and lettuce. Whole wheat bread and vegetables are good sources of glucose and fiber. Tuna is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is known to improve cognitive function and enhance information processing.
- Low-fat peanut butter plus whole wheat crackers. Low-fat peanut butter is a good source protein and contains the right amount of fat for staying power as you study. The whole wheat crackers are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates.