Snacks to Fuel GCSE RevisionSee All Uni Advice Articles
Revising for your GCSE exams can be a stressful and hectic time at school. However, it is also a very important time to adapt what you are eating and drinking to help your body, you can even structure these around your revision, so make sure you look up some GCSE revision tips. Altering your food choices before you get stuck into your revision will help you become more productive, and feel more energised throughout revision and exams. Food is one of the most underestimated resources regarding revision and studying. Food is a power source that can alter you chemically from the inside, which can make you feel more alert, awake, relaxed and mentally prepared for the tough weeks of exams up ahead, so make sure that you’re eating healthy as a student.
Breakfast is best
There is a reason why ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of a day‘ is a catchy and known saying that isn’t an Old Wives’ Tale! Breakfast helps your body to wake up for the day, fuels your organs, brain and cells all around to get you started during the day. Also, eating breakfast will mean you are less likely to want to snack mid-morning as your body is craving fuel. A healthy breakfast enables your body to react well to the nourishing food source and sets you up for the rest of the day and less likely to crave junk food that causes sugary highs as your body already has a balanced blood sugar level from breakfast, you’ll also need a good breakfast on GCSE results day.
Don’t skip a meal
Skipping a meal is only problematic as it will cause you to snack or crave sugary-high foods to gain energy quickly, although this energy won’t keep you going all day. This goes for all meals, if you skip a meal, then you will most likely overeat at your next meal as you are hungry, which will lead to your body storing that extra food but not using it successfully.
Food for thought – literally
Although food is typically associated with convenience or connected to a social aspect in a way to celebrate or to make us feel better, food holds more value than things mentioned in that list, as it fuels our bodies and enables them to work all day every day and helps us automatically complete takes part of our daily lives that we don’t even think about, such as; picking up a pen or a pencil to write, giving our brains the energy to save all of the notes you read through during revision and archiving them in our memories, enabling you to sit down and concentrate for longer periods of time and able to read questions in the exam, and be able to locate the information you have stored in your brain to be able to answer it.
You expect your brain and body to complete all of those above things, and to ensure they are completed to the best of their ability; therefore you need to look at what you are putting into your body as fuel to understand how it will perform. To get the best of your brain during GCSE exam season, you need to start eating nutritious, and nourishing food to allow your brain functions to support you during revision and the exam itself.
Annoyingly, our brains love junk food especially when feeling stressed or sad, and it can be too easy to grab something that will give you a sugar high and raise your blood sugar quickly, but there are other ways of dealing with GCSE Exam stress. However, raising your blood sugar quickly means it will also fall just as quick, and you will feel a slump shortly after eating that biscuit, chocolate or sweet. These types of food won’t help you get through a GCSE exam or revision marathon.
Consume complex carbs
Vegetables, legumes, fruits and grains act as super fuel for your body and are full of fibre which slows down the digestive process. The natural sugars you consume will be released slowly providing you with a nice consistent source of energy throughout your revision, instead of highs and lows which can be exhausting and can help you a lot, especially if you’re retaking any GCSE exams or courses.
Make some sweet potato wedges as a snack; they are great for the immune system as they are full of Vitamin C and they also provide a strong source of magnesium which supports the nervous system that helps prevent nerves and anxiety. Also, try some porridge oats with fruits and nut, or a sprinkle of chocolate drops, but if you don’t like porridge try a smoothie and blend fruit, nuts and seeds to create a nourishing and creamy drink full of goodness.
Protein makes up every tissue, organ and cell in our bodies and is key for brain power as it fuels brain cells which produce neurotransmitters, and they keep you feeling motivated, aid you to process the information you have studied and helped you stay alert.
Protein in your body is continuously broken down and then replaced, therefore during a GCSE revision session or an exam the protein will do the same thing, and to ensure you use those helpful neurotransmitters keep your protein levels topped up.
Try scrambling an egg and having it on whole grain toast, and maybe add a sprinkle of sunflower and pumpkin seeds to gain an extra protein boost. If you don’t like eggs, you can replace them with tofu which is also a great source of protein, and add some herbs or spices to add some flavour. Avoid ordering from the local Indian and make a batch yourself with beans which are full of protein, add some chicken or turkey as they are also good sources of essential protein.
Full up with good fats
Another way to fuel your brain is to consume healthy fats such as Omega 3 and Omega 6, which you can get from oily fish, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. They are essential fatty acids and play a vital role in enabling brain functions including memory and creating pathways in the brain.
Avocado, wholegrain toast and hummus is a delicious protein snack, especially with a poached egg. If not, try some guacamole with carrot sticks or some vegetable crisps. Get some oily fish and have it with salad, or with toast to get a source of Omega 3, which you’ll learn all about on a Food Science degree. Or try some almonds, pecans and walnuts are great for unsaturated fat and Vitamin E which keeps your brain healthy and young, and it can also be found in avocado, you now have a way to eat healthy and master food shopping as a student and you’ll also have some student tips for GCSE Exams.
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