4 Snacks To Lower Exam Stress
As much as you’d like to grab that slice of pizza the night before your big exam, you may want to rethink your decision and opt for something healthier and more sustainable.
As much as we’d like to tell you to enjoy your comfort food in times of need, we strongly recommend that you stay as far away from those as you possibly can – especially right before an important exam. They may make you feel quite good in the moment, but to your dismay, they’ll cause quite an adverse effect moments after the fact. As stress causes our cortisol levels to rise, our cravings for carbs tend to flare up. Which then causes a snowball effect where the cortisol hormone triggers an enzyme in our fat cells, thus causing extra belly fat that just shouldn’t be there. This abdominal fat, also known as the omentum, is extremely hazardous to your heart health.
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So as much as you’d like to grab that slice of pizza the night before your big exam, you may want to rethink your decision and opt for something healthier and more sustainable.
We recommend the following snacks to lower exam stress:
- Oatmeal with cinnamon and honey
Not only is this an extremely delicious breakfast choice, it also has the added benefit of relieving some of the added pressures of your upcoming exams. This feel-good food releases much-needed serotonin with the added immunity booster of honey. Try it, it’s really tasty!
- Yogurt and berries
Since you want to keep the added kilojoules under wraps, add low-fat Greek yogurt to your berries. Yogurt is great fro your gut and releases feel-good neurotransmitters, along with berries to strengthen your immune system add much-needed antioxidants to your busy life.
Good news for all the wine lovers! When consumed in moderation, your daily glass of red wine with your meal releases antioxidants and flavonoids – lowering your blood pressure and giving you a healthy boost to tackle your exams.
- Chocolate-covered nuts
Dark chocolate is key to reducing stress, according to a 2009 Swiss study. By adding nuts to the mix, preferably almonds, you’re potentially lowering your chances of developing depression as well, by adding monounsaturated fat to your diet. So go ahead, enjoy your daily dose of chocolate.
Bonus tip: If you want to enjoy a warm drink that adds more comfort than green tea and less sugar than hot chocolate, opt for a cup of hot cocoa. Good for you in every sense of the day, hot cocoa isn’t only meant for the upcoming holiday season.
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