Eating for Exams: What Are Good Study Foods

By George Khoury, Esq. on November 29, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Some students will always opt for the path of least resistance when it comes to nutrition. Fortunately, fast food and delivery services have come a long way over the past decade.

So when it comes time for exams, you might want to rethink your usual dinner spread of chicken wings and hummus. Just because you can get your favorite foods delivered to your door, you might want to consider eating some of those coveted brain foods, staying well rested and hydrated, as well as eating more frequent, smaller meals, in order to avoid a food coma.

Below, you'll find a list of some of the best brain foods to eat while studying.

Fish and Eggs

Fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids are really good for your brain. Unfortunately, two of the three types of readily available fish that have the highest Omega-3 count are a bit too fishy for most people's palates (sardines and mackerel). Luckily though, salmon, which more people tend to like, is among that top 3. Smoked salmon makes a great snack with a little cheese and crackers, or on a bagel. You can also get salmon spreads that you can eat with tortilla chips, or even veggies.

Eggs are a great source of protein and other nutrients that really help when it comes to studying. Notably, eggs help your body process sugar, which is one of the enemies when it comes to brain foods.

Fresh Fruit and Veggies

Fruit should become your new go to snack when you need an energy boost. During study breaks, or after your finished for the night, you can just sit there peeling and cutting up fruits for the next day while watching TV. The same goes for some veggies, like carrots, celery, or even sweet bell peppers. These can be chopped a day or two in advance and left in the fridge in a Tupperware.

Also, don't forget to eat salads that include dark leafy greens. These dark greens, like kale and spinach, have specific nutrients that help your brain function. What's even better about salads is the easy prep. If you've chopped veggies from the night before, all it takes is putting the ingredients in a bowl and adding some dressing.


Most nuts, especially those that are less, or not, salted, and especially not those delicious honey-roasted or candied ones, contain a good amount of protein. Even peanut butter can be really good for you so long as you don't get one that is filled with refined sugars.

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