Exciting Exam Edibles

By: Ms Afifunnisa Abdul Hakim

Oh no! Exams are here again to try our patience; students, teachers and parents too!!! But wait, we can tackle them with proper planning and groundwork from all quarters. Apart from meticulous study preparation it’s very important for students to take well-balanced and nutritious diet for effective preparation. We all know about the age old saying, ‘Healthy mind in healthy body’ which stresses the need for healthy food during exams. Here are few student-friendly foods which would aid students and combat the exam stress:

1 Walnut: The walnut is nutrient-dense with protein and essential fatty acids. Walnuts without shells are 4% water, 15% protein, 65% fat, and 14%carbohydrates, including 7% dietary fiber. Walnut is rich in Omega-3; a compound which enhances memory and is brain’s best friend.

2 Almond: While the almond is often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, it is also a component of various dishes. The almond is a nutritionally dense food and rich source  of the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin, vitamin E, and the essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. It is also a good source of the B vitamins thiamine, vitamin B6, and folate; choline; and the essential mineral potassium. Almonds too help children by strengthening the mind.

3 Fresh fruits & Vegetables:  Apart from being rich in vitamins and minerals, fresh fruits and vegetables hydrate the body and give a feeling of freshness when consumed raw. Delicious fruit juices are loved by all students and very quickly replenish body fluid and energize the system instantly.

4 Milk & milk products:  Milk is the basic nutritive food and also one of Prophet Muhammed (SAWS)’s favorite. Milk contains, on average, 3.4% protein, 3.6% fat, and 4.6% lactose, 0.7% minerals and supplies 66 kcal of energy per 100 grams. Yummy milkshakes, warm chocolate drinks and deserts are very enticing and make the study breaks enjoyable and relaxing.

5 Honey:  Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides; fructose and glucose, and has about the same relative sweetness as granulated sugar. Mentioned in the Holy Quran and again a favourite of Prophet Muhammed (SAWS)’s its benefits are numerous along with being a scrumptious instant energy source beneficial during exam time.

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