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Exam Time Relishes: Smart Snacks

Tis the season of exams and what’s better than super-foods that help kids endure the study marathon and supercharge their memory.

Exam time can push some children to binge eat due to stress and being at home, munching on snacks is more often than ever. Although this does help the brain to keep going, highly processed foods and sugar isn’t such a great idea as they cause fatigue after a while. Besides, exams can last a long time and we all dread our children putting on those extra pounds.

Shaped just like the brain, walnuts are loaded with Omega -3 fatty acids that help in better cognitive performance (or simply – brain functioning!). Take a look at our quick, easy, and oh-so-yummy walnut recipes you can whip up for your little Einsteins.



  • 5 tsp olive oil
  • 5 tsp pure honey
  • 3 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes/powder (or paprika)
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • In a bowl, whisk together: olive oil, honey, chilli flakes. Stir in 3 tsp of rosemary and 2 tsp of thyme.
  • Add the walnut halves and toss well to coat.
  • Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and crisp (approx. 10-12 min).
  • After removing from the oven, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tsp thyme and salt. Mix well and cool.

(Tip: If fresh herbs aren’t available, substitute with 3 tsp of fresh herbs with 1 tsp of dried herbs) 




  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 ½ cup fresh basil
  • ½ medium-sized avocado
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese


  • In a processor/grinder combine walnuts, basil, garlic and cheese and pulse until meal forms.
  • Next, add the avocado, lemon juice and water and process until smooth.
  • Serve as a dip which nachos, khakras or even veggies like carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, or celery sticks. Or spread over multigrain or brown bread and enjoy J

(Tip: For a thinner consistency – like a dip – add more water, for a thicker spread add less water!)

Pssst ….. Here’s a bonus – avocado is also an exam superfood since it contains healthy fats.

Eat your way to a super functioning brain!


As we brace ourselves for the exams and cram in that last bit of information, it is important not to ignore good nutrition. Food intake plays an important role in brain development and maintenance. Here are few tips for eating right during exam season for a super functioning brain:




Make sure not to skip any meals

The brain uses nearly a whopping 20% of the energy that we require per day. In order to be able to pay attention without distraction, a steady supply of glucose (energy) in the form of complex carbohydrates is a must.

Therefore include a variety of dishes such as vegetable kichidi- raita, ragi roti- peanut chutney, rajma curry-roti in your diet and ensure to eat on time.

Eat right

Foods rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamin B6 and B12 have particularly shown to help in improving cognitive performance. Hence, dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, amaranth), pulses (kidney beans, chickpeas), nuts (almonds, walnuts), milk products (curd); root vegetables (sweet potatoes) and so on should be included in day to day diet.

Snack smartly

Candies, biscuits, colas, chips and sweets, are great for the tongue but are high in refined sugar which gives an instant sugar rush after eating but with time you mood slumps and get cranky.

Choose healthy snacks such as bhel puri with veggies & sprouts, khakra with pineapple salsa, trail mix (consisting of almonds, raisins, and pumpkin seeds), as they release energy slowly and help in sustained attention and memory.

Guzzle in H2O

Dehydration can make one feel lethargic and tired. Thus, ensure to keep yourself hydrated with water during studying; as research has shown that drinking adequate water helps boost memory, attention and improves cognitive performance.

You can also make it fun by sipping  in flavoured water (just add lime and/or fresh mint to water), tender coconut water or lemonade and tell “goodbye” to dehydration.






Memory Booster Food for kids

Come exam season, not only do kids face the jitters, but it is also a ‘test’ing time for the parents. They don many roles; as a student mugging up their children’s syllabi and then as a coach for their lil ‘uns. However, their concerns are not just restricted to studies. Mothers face the heat when it comes to planning the most nutritious, exam time meal and snacks that could keep the children going during exams.

Presenting a list of must have nutrients and their sources for the harried parents and their little Einsteins in the making!

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