How To Eat Healthily During Exams – Breakfast

Sorry I’ve been away for so long – I’m currently doing exams for the past 2 weeks and still got some to go, so it’s been kind of a bit crazy!

I wasn’t going to post anything this week because I haven’t really been able to cook anything really extravagant and to be honest I’ve been coming home everyday to do revision! However, I though I would make a small series of posts on how to eat healthily during exams.

Now, as a student, I know it’s hard to just get home and eat snacks and leave it as that or end up eating junk because its the ‘quickest option’ but it really is more beneficial to eat healthily, especially if you’re going to be working all day. So I’ve created a list of some things I eat and like to snack on during the day – I hope this helps to other students out there and good luck to you all!

Today’s post is going to be on breakfast, my favourite meal of the day!

I know everyone always says its vital to have breakfast as it fuels you for the day, but it really does. Make sure you have something filling that will keep you awake and full during your morning exams.

I always start my morning with a glass of lemon water as its super detoxifying and good for you and then have some green tea.

Banana Bread Oatmeal
This has recently become on of my go to breakfasts as its filling and quick! All you need is oats, liquid of your choice (I use water), cinnamon, half a banana and pecans.
You cook oatmeal and add mashed banana and cinnamon into it, and cook until your desired consistency.
Once it’s cooked, add banana slices and pecans to it.

You can also add chia seeds, flaxseeds, any other nuts and add honey or maple syrup if you want it sweeter – I just make sure to use a rip banana

Avocado on toast
I actually prefer this on gluten free rice cakes or rye bread as its a bit more ‘stable’ and crunchy rather than flimsy toast
Pretty self explanatory, but I mash avocado, put it on toast, and top with chopped up cherry tomatoes and lemon juice.

Note: It’s also surprisingly delicious when there is a thin spread of marmite on the bottom.

Scrambled eggs with vegetables
You can just scramble some eggs up with vegetables and have it on toast or a roasted portobello mushroom for extra veg!

Yoghurt with fruits and seeds
If you don’t have a massive, monster appetite like me in the morning, you might want to have something lighter like yoghurt.
You can add berries, bananas, coconut flakes and nuts and seeds. You can also add chia seeds, which are super beneficial and good for you as they are packed with protein!

Smoothies
If you wake up late and want something quick to have on the way, you can basically put the contents of the yoghurt into a blender and blend it up! If you want a thicker smoothie, try adding a frozen banana!

So these are just a few breakfast ideas that you might want to try out. If you have anymore ideas, out them in the comments section below as I’d love to try them out!

Check out the other posts in this series: lunch, dinner and snacks!

Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cookies// addalittle

These have literally been called the best cookies I’ve ever made. Not even joking. For some reason I’ve been on a crazy baking tangent recently. Wierd. I’m normally more of a savory kinda gal but recently I’ve been loving bringing baked goods to my friends’ houses! (Side note: how much of a good friend am I? Right?!)

I basically made these because we were literally having an abundance of hazelnuts in the house. Quick back story: no one really voluntary eats hazelnuts round here, even though we always buy the massive pack of mixed roast nuts. Waitrose, why must you put so many hazelnuts in?!

Anyway, I just decided to make these and they turned out FAB!

Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cookies// addalittle

Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cookies
Adapted from this milk chocolate hazelnut cookie recipe

125g butter, softened
75g brown sugar
1 egg
200g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
35g dark chocolate, chopped
45g roasted hazelnuts, chopped (but not too small)

Mix the butter and sugar until creamed together.

Mix flour, baking powder and pinch of salt into another.

Add the egg into the wet ingredients and then add to the flour mixture.

Add the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and wrap into parchment paper into a log shape and put in the freezer for an hour or two.

After an hour or so, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and take the cookie dough out.

Cut the cookie dough into equal slices and lay on parchment paper.

When the oven is preheated, bake for about 7 minutes or until they are lightly golden around the edges (as they will harden as they cool).

Let them cool and enjoy!

Note: they last in an airtight container for about a week.

Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cookies// addalittle

Flapjacks

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EASIEST. RECIPE. EVER. Like, seriously, this isn’t even a recipe. You literally just mix a bunch of ingredients into the pan and…

Boom-shakalaka, your done.

Bob’s your uncle.

Sorted.

Fin.

Ok, I’ll stop now, but I hope you get the message – it’s just so friggin easy. Even if you think you can’t cook, try this! All you need is one pan, a spoon and a container to bake in! No fancy tools needed!

Oh, and did I mention, its only FOUR ingredients. Yep, you read that right – FOUR.

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This is a recipe for the classic flapjack, I can imagine cinnamon and dried apple chips would be nice, or peanut butter chips and mashed up a banana or dehydrated banana, or coconut pineapple… I could go on forever, but feel free to add in nuts, fruit, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, ANYTHING you want!

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Flapjacks
Makes 12 (the images above show half the batch)

150g butter
60g brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons golden syrup (you can also use honey, which I’ve tried before)
250g rolled oats

Preheat oven to 180˚C.

Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan. (Yes, you can stir it – we’re not making caramel here!)

Once melted, add oats and mix.

When thoroughly mixed, push compactly into a pan and bake in oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden ontop.

Make sure you let it cool for atleast 10 minutes! This is vital. (or it will fall apart when you cut it!)

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