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Kristin Fracchia

Best Snacks for the ACT

6 Perfect Snacks for the ACT Exam

In this episode of TuesdACT, we’re talking about the most enjoyable part of taking the ACT: the food. Sadly, there’s not some unlimited pancake buffet offered at the break, and you’ll have to pack your snacks from home, but that Clif Bar is going to taste like a dream when you’re tired and hungry. Promise!

Here are my choices for the best snacks for optimal test performance:

  1. Energy bar or trail mix: Nuts and seeds have Omega-3 fatty acids, which help improve cognitive function and prevent fatigue. The sugars in dried fruit provide quick energy for launching into the next section!
  2. Sliced apples and peanut butter: The protein and fiber will fill you up.
  3. Banana: Easy to eat fast and the fiber will help you feel full.
  4. Cinnamon gum: May not satiate those hunger cravings, but did you know that cinnamon helps make you alert and improve mental processing? Studies have shown that chewing a piece of gum while testing can help improve performance.
  5. Beef jerky: High in protein, which, again, will help prevent a crash.
  6. Water: Not exactly a snack, but dehydration can make you tired and foggy, so it’s essential that you have a bottle at your desk. Pro tip: add some electrolyte tabs for an added boost.

Worst Snacks for the ACT Exam

  1. soda
  2. candy
  3. coffee, energy drinks, or 5-Hour Energy unless it’s part of your daily routine (you sure don’t need those jitters or extra bathroom breaks)
About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's blogs are chock-full of awesome, free resources for students preparing for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agonizing bliss of marathon running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

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