Keep Calm.. and Eat!By Imogen Collins
It's that time of year where exams and deadlines are fast approaching and endless piles of revision, long nights in the library and not enough sleep can send your stress levels soaring.
When it comes to times like these it can be easy to skip means or to reach for the closest takeaway menu instead of eating a balanced, nutritious meal, which is vital for your concentration levels. So why not try these quick and easy, student-friendly, stress-busting foods? They'll help you on your way to accomplishing your uni goals without a worry in the world.
The morning exam
Brain food Breakfast: creamy overnight oats
Prep time: 3 minutes
It's not uncommon to head to uni in the mornings without breakfast, especially when you want to squeeze in every ounce of revision possible. This is why these overnight oats are perfect as you can grab them from the fridge and go. Plus, they're low GI and full of fibre to keep you full and will stop your stomach embarrassing you by growling in that three hour exam.
To prepare, throw about 1-2 cups of oats into a Tupperware box or jar and add almond milk until the oats are only just covered. Sprinkle in some raisins, nuts, dates, seeds, goji berries and a drizzle of honey. Then stir it all up and put it in the fridge over night. The oats will have soaked up the milk and you'll be left with a delicious breakfast that you can grab before rushing off to the library the next day.
The afternoon exam
Glowy-Green Stress Busting Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
I'm sure you've seen Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé sipping green liquid from clear plastic cups, but what's the big deal? Green smoothies are a great way of getting in greens without actually having to taste them; because who likes chomping down on lettuce leaves when they can be drunk easily and more deliciously through a straw? Before your exam, try this simple, delicious and refreshing smoothie to clear your mind, help you focus and keep any afternoon hunger pangs away.
You will need:
1-2 medium bananas
A big handful of spinach
Some frozen mango chunks
Blend together, sit back, sip, unwind, prepare to pass your exam.
De stress dinner
Prep & cooking: 15 mins
Being a student, it can be easy to go for the simplest and quickest options like takeaways and spaghetti on toast - which are often unhealthy and loaded with artificial nasties that your brain doesn't need when it comes to getting in some hard revision. Plus, takeaway money soon adds up. Instead of reaching in that drawer in your kitchen where endless takeaway leaflets lie, why not unwind after your exam with this easy peasy ten-minute pizza recipe?
You will need:
A packet of tortilla wraps
A dollop of passata
Chopped veg- mushrooms, pepper, tomatoes, sweet corn and spinach (the list is endless)
Put all of the toppings on the tortilla starting with the passata, finishing with the cheese. Place on a tray and in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the base begins to crisp. Take it out, put it on a plate and enjoy as many as you physically can.