The final part of my series for Western Sydney Mum’s Hub is about how to support your teenagers brain health in preparation for exams and tests, and supporting study in general.
The constant pressure of tests and exams on teenagers can make the whole family stressed, but thankfully there are some ways in which you can help your teenager boost their brain power, reduce anxiety and improve energy.
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Teenagers have a very high requirement for nutrients, and this is second only to during pregnancy and lactation. The best way for teenagers to make sure they’re getting these nutrients is to eat a diverse diet high in different coloured fruits and vegetables, whole grains (such as brown rice, quinoa, barley, and millet), nuts and seeds, legumes and beans, seafood, moderate amount of meats (or alternatives) and small amounts of good quality dairy (or alternatives if intolerant/allergic).
Choose healthy study snacks that are rich in protein, good fats for brain health, and complex carbs for energy.
Try some of these healthy snack options:
- Vegie sticks /baked corn chips with dips such as guacamole, white bean dip, babaganoush or hummus.
- Mix of nuts and seeds
- Protein/bliss balls
- Roasted chickpeas
- Hard boiled egg and a piece of fruit
- Apple slices with nut butter
- Muesli bar (preferably one with low sugar)
- Full-fat yoghurt (avoid brands with added sugar and thickeners)
In the full article you can also read about how to help with getting a good night sleep, and herbal medicine for brain health.