Exam Booster Healthy Eating Top Ten Tips from Cucina

Education catering expert Cucina has been providing Top Tips for Exam Success at its schools and academies to help stressed students. For example, it is putting up ‘Exam Buster’ top tips posters around schools giving students hints on how nutrition can help their exam performance.

The TOP FOUR Tips which will help get candidates through the forthcoming exams are:

1. Eat Slow release carbohydrates that give controlled energy release helping candidates to keep concentration levels up right through the exam.

Why not try… healthy breakfast cereals, muesli bars (the best quality ones), wholemeal bread, basmati rice & pasta.

2.Try Omega 3 minerals, if taken regularly these essential fatty acids can help combat stress and improve memory retention.

Why not try… a grilled tuna steak for tea or a salmon pasta salad which will have your slow release carbohydrates as well or may be a smoked salmon & cream cheese bagel. For non fish lovers, vegetarian alternatives such as hemp seed or flax seed can be easily mixed into a salad or through freshly baked bread which we serve in the dining rooms.

3. Munch on Super foods with naturally high levels of antioxidants & minerals. They keep immune systems in tip top form and raring to go into that exam to give you the best results!

Why not try… a wide range of items include oranges, mushrooms, tomatoes, strawberries, pomegranates, pineapple, papaya & blueberries which are all super foods.

4. Top up your liquids. It is essential to keep your body properly hydrated and before entering an exam this is especially important to help maintain concentration levels. However, NOT with high caffeine or sugar drinks because even though they give a temporary lift, they will have worn off long before the end of the exam, leaving you on a low, which is far worse!

Why not try… drinks containing no added sugar, ideal to keep you hydrated.

Steve Quinn, Managing Director of Cucina added;
“Everyone knows that a balanced diet is essential to stay healthy, this is especially important at exam times. Memory retention and concentration building food is important to combat exam stress, nerves and extra strain on the body at this key time”

Cucina restaurants are also creating grab and go lunch bag crammed with the foods best for exam success which are available to take into the exam halls.

Steve Quinn, Managing Director of Cucina;
“We’ve put together a range of deals specifically designed to be easy and help students perform better in their crucial exams”. He added; “We’ve made staff available to give more food advice when needed and would wish anyone with exams this Summer the very best of luck. Eating and drinking sensibly really can help boost exam success!”

Cucina serves fresh food to over 25,000 pupils at 30 contracts up and down the country and is committed to providing quality, healthy meals at all schools.

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