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ACCA Exams: Food to get you ready for exams

Starting this week, Selhurst Park is hosting a week of exams for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (the global body for professional accountants)- an event that we do multiple times a year. 

With that in mind, we’ve put together an easy to follow guide to show what foods are good for the brain and what to fuel up on when studying for those all important exams. Although there is no right or wrong way to study, being nutritionally savvy and choosing foods to boost your brain’s power and capacity will affect how well you can take in information.

One bowl breakfast: Start the day with an energy-boosting bowl of porridge and top with banana, flax seeds (or any nut), and a drizzle of honey if you have a sweet tooth. The slow release carbohydrates from oats will keep you going until lunch, and omega-3 in the seeds are believed to help brain function.

Drinks, what and how much? The NHS recommends people should drink around 1.2 litres (6-8 glasses) of fluid a day, with water the body’s preferred choice of liquid to keep it functioning on top form! As for teas and coffees, scientists have found clear evidence that caffeine has a memory-boosting effect which lasts at least 24 hours. Don’t go overboard though, these tests were done on volunteers having the equivalent of a double shot of strong espresso.

Fuss free lunch: Eggs on toast, in a sandwich, and either poached, scrambled or boiled, make a simple yet filling and inexpensive lunch. Made with wholegrain bread and with healthy fats and protein (two eggs will do the trick) this is a simple meal which will set you up well for the second part of the day. If you’re not keen on eggs, smoked/peppered mackerel fillets or tinned sardines are a cheap alternative, and both have good sources of brain-boosting omega 3.

Snack for fuel, not boredom: Have a cut up apple, carrot, and cucumber (not necessarily the whole thing) with a snack sized pot of houmous, a tablespoon of peanut butter, or any other nut/pulse-based dip. You won’t need masses of snacks if you stick to a good breakfast and lunch, but if you feel your mind wandering these will keep hunger at bay without giving your body a sugar rush.