Brain Foods For Revision and Exams | The Student Food Project

Brain Foods For Revision and Exams

Exam season is here and if you’re a student, you’re probably spending lots of time revising, writing, reading (and stressing). Food is probably not the top of your priorities right now, but grabbing some of these snacks while you’re working could boost your productivity, energy and concentration.

Oats / Porridge

Oats provide slow-burning energy to keep you going throughout the day- whether you kick off the morning with a bowl of porridge, whip up some flapjacks or blend them up in a smoothie.


Blueberries contain antioxidants and they’re also packed with Vitamin C, keeping your immune system healthy. Mix them up with some yoghurt or just eat them as a snack.

Nuts and Fruits

Nuts contain magnesium and fats which help with your memory and will give you loads of energy. Mix these up with some dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas and banana chips for a homemade trail mix.


Yep, chocolate is on the list. But it’s dark chocolate that will help you study not the regular kind. Dark chocolate contains zinc which helps your brain function better. It is also energy dense, so watch out you don’t go overboard and eat too much.

Green Things

Foods like spinach and kale are really good for you as they contain so many vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants. You can add it to salads, throw it in a smoothie or bake up some kale chips (put the kale on a tray, drizzle with oil and add salt, place in the oven and bake until it’s dried out and crispy).


Avocados contain monounsaturated fats (sometimes called ‘good fats’) which boost your brain power. Get some avo in your diet by whipping up some guacamole.

Veggie Sticks

Looking for something to dip in your guacamole? Try swapping out the crisps for veggie sticks. Carrot and cucumber are good options. If you’re not in the mood for avocado dip, try hummus instead.

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This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always speak to a doctor or healthcare professional if you have concerns about your health. Your university's wellbeing department will be able to help you find the right advice.

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