But does that mean we can just eat anything at breakfast and our brain will perform at its best? Of course not, some foods can cause concentration dips or slumps (high sugary foods for example) while others help to maximize concentration, focus and good memory.
Porridge is one of the best breakfast foods that a student can take to help study longer and to perform better on the day of the exam. Oats made with water or milk and a little honey will give you the brain boost you need to succeed. Porridge contain most of the B-group vitamins, which cushion the nervous system and are depleted in times of stress. A lack of B vitamins can consequently result in poor concentration and memory, irritability, stress and low mood. B vitamins are water-based so you can’t overdose (they will be lost in urine), but equally they need to be topped up daily. It also releases energy slowly making sure you aren’t suddenly overcome or distracted by hunger. In fact Goldsmith University in London offer students free coffee and porridge on the morning of exams top help them perform better.
Here are 3 Interesting Porridge Recipes to Help you During Exam Time:
Packed full of goodness this Super Bowl will start the day off with a bang and then keep you going with slow release energy until lunchtime. Scatter over your favourite ingredients to finish it off with flair, Goji berries, extra sliced banana or a simple trail mix all make for good toppings.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
50g (2oz) White's ActivOat High in Fibre
1 large banana, peeled
175g (6oz) low fat natural yoghurt
150g (5oz) fresh blueberries
1 kiwi fruit, peeled, cored and chopped
2 tbsp. coconut flakes
2 tbsp. fresh pomegranate seeds
2 tbsp. White's Apple, Cranberry & Raspberry granola
Peel your banana and break into about 5-6 pieces and freeze until solid. Use in the recipe above. These are great to add an instant coolness to this Super Bowl or even smoothies.
This energy packed breakfast will definitely keep you going until lunchtime. Ring the changes and use your favourite fruit, apples, peaches and nectarines all work well instead of pears.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus overnight soaking
Cooking time: none
225g (8oz) White's Speedicook Porridge Oats
100ml (31/2fl oz) apple juice
3 ripe red skinned ripe pears
225ml (8fl oz) low fat natural yoghurt
2 tbsp. agave nectar
1 lemon-finely grated zest
50g (2oz) blueberries
2 tbsp. flaked almonds, toasted
Crisp, crunchy golden oats coated with nuts, seeds, toasted coconut and cranberries - the best breakfast ever!
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
300g (10oz) White's Jumbo Organic oats
75g (3oz) pumpkin seeds
25g (1oz) chia seeds
75g (3oz) flaked almonds
50g (2oz) flaked coconut
75g (3oz) dried cranberries
2 tbsp. rapeseed oil
100ml (31/2fl oz.) agave nectar
1 orange - finely grated zest
2 tbsp. orange blossom honey
If you like your granola to cluster more and have more crunch you need to add a tablespoon or two more honey. If you like a chewier granola then try whisking an egg white and folding through the ingredients before baking.