Food that will help you sail through your examinationsExaminations are a time of anxiety not only for students but also for parents. To increase productivity and beat stress, it is necessary to focus on eating habits, sleep patterns and mental and physical fitness.A balanced diet of vegetables, fibre and fruits is essential for the mind to stay alert. It is best to avoid junk food like pizzas, burgers, chips, wafers and other fried food during examinations and settle instead for walnuts, almonds, or fresh fruits. Drink plenty of water, even low levels of dehydration can cause lethargy and lack of concentration. Here are some breakfast recipes for children who are preparing for examinations.
Mixed vegetable pohaIngredientsFlaked rice: 2 cupsPotato grated: 1Carrot grated: 1Radish grated: 1Cooked Bengal gram: 1 tbspChopped green chilli: 1Chopped palak: 1 tbspAsafoetida: a pinchMustard seeds: quarter tspSalt: to tasteCurry leaves: 1 sprigCoriander leaves: 1 tbspLemon juice: 1 tbspOil: 1 tbspMethod: Put flaked rice in a strainer and keep it under running water for a minute to get soaked. Shake the grains. Peel and grate carrot, potato and radish. Temper with oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida in a pan. Add grated carrot, potato and radish. Add cooked Bengal gram and chopped green chilli. Add the flaked rice and salt to taste. Mix well. Serve garnished with coriander leaves and sprinkle lemon juice.
Almond milk shakeIngredientsGround almonds: half a cupMilk: 2 cupsSugar: 2 tbspMethod: Put all the ingredients in a mixer and after chilling the drink, serve it in a tall glass.
Oatmeal porridgeIngredientsCooking oats: 4 tbspWater: 2 cupsMilk: half a cupSalt or sugar: to tasteMethod: Boil water in a pan with salt. Sprinkle oats in the boiling water and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add milk and stir well. Serve hot with or without sugar.
LILY BABU JOSE