4 Reasons To Add Fish To Your Pre-Exam Meal Plan

by Hannah Lank

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Fish is a SUPERFOOD

Wild salmon, anyone? It’s no exaggeration: fish is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and may even help to improve your mood. It’s always good to go into an exam with a positive attitude, right?

The perfect study fuel

Maybe you’re young and not concerned about your heart health right now?  Understandable. Fish has other benefits including the fact that it’s good for your MEMORY. As in it’s proven to reduce the risk of developing diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. However, research also suggests that people who eat fish “regularly”—once a week, although the recommended intake according to Health Canada is 2 x 75g servings/week—have better brain function than those who don’t.  If there’s a time of year when you need your memory on your side, it’s exam time.

Mental health first

Apparently fish can even help FIGHT depression.  Yes, that’s right that super-nutrient omega-3 may even be beneficial in improving your mental health though more research is needed. Exams are a time of intense pressure and stress. So it’s important to seek professional help if you’re struggling with your mental health, but eating a balanced diet is also an important self-care strategy.

Perfect for beginners

So we get it: fish is healthy. But it’s also super EASY to cook.  It’s naturally flavourful, but if you want to boost its flavour, marinate in a store-bought or homemade marinade, or, for salmon, squeeze some lemon and garlic on top. Then bake at 450 F until the flesh is opaque and flaky, approximately 15 minutes. It’s also super easy to purchase ready-to-bake varieties in the frozen aisle at the grocery store for when you’re in a jam.  Whether frozen or fresh, remember to look for the sustainably caught certification. Our oceans are threatened and it’s important that we are conscious of the impact our agriculture and farming practices can have on species’ populations.