Last updated on Jun 18th, 2020 at 06:22 am

Worrying about getting your child through his/her exams? Making sure that children are eating the right foods could make all the difference to their studying, concentration, memory, and overall exam performance. 

When you are busy worrying about whether your child is studying enough, is organised enough, has all the right study material, extra lessons, and the list goes on… it is easy to forget the importance of food and nutrition during the exam period. Exam time can be extremely intense and draining, but if you are eating well, and managing your blood sugar, it makes all the difference.

So what should you give your child to eat during exams?

Very often, studying induces an instant case of the munchies, and the trips to the kitchen cupboard or fridge can easily result in highly processed sugary foods landing in your belly. So for a start, hide the obviously unhealthy, very sugary foods away over your childâ??s exam period.

A lot of sugar will only result in energy peaking and dropping like a yo-yo, which makes your child feel sluggish and tired until their next big hit of something sugary.

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Instead, stock up on low GI foods that your child can nibble on. Low GI foods will help keep his/her sugar levels from peaking to high or dropping too low.

Here are some easy-to-prepare low GI snacks to bear in mind when preparing your childâ??s exam time munchies:

1. two to three whole wheat crackers with peanut butter

2. Baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber strips with a low-fat sour cream dip

3. Air popped popcorn

4. Low-fat yoghurt sprinkled with seeds, or mixed nuts

5. Dried fruit (apple, and apricot are both nice low GI options)

6. Toasted wholewheat pita with a bean dip

More healthy food suggestions for exam time

Bronwyn Petzer of Health and Healing Nutrition and Kinesiology suggests including the following foods in your childâ??s diet during exams:

1. Blueberries – they contain both vitamin K and manganese which improve short-term memory.

2. Bananas – they contain vitamin B6 (which helps with general energy and alertness), as well as manganese.

3. Raw almonds – as they contain vitamin E which works to improve memory. They are also a good source of protein.

4. Pumpkin seeds – these also assist in enhancing memory and thinking skills as they contain zinc. Pumpkin seeds, like almonds, are a great source of protein. 

5. Wheatgrass – as it enhances general health and vitality.

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