We know that things can get pretty hectic on the morning of the CPA Exam. Even if you have your directions printed out beforehand and your keys right where you can find them, last minute jitters often can get in the way of your normal morning routine. You want to do everything you can to ensure that you are fully prepared before the clock starts ticking and that includes breakfast. By eating a healthy breakfast, you can provide your brain the boost in nutrients it needs to stay focused and alert.

Lucky for us, our friend The Cooking Accountant, who is able to balance passion in the kitchen with studying for the CPA Exam, has some suggestions on the matter. She has written a guest post for today to share some healthy cooking tips for breakfast before the exam. These tips not only look like they will provide you that extra boost but they sound absolutely delectable!
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CPA Exam Morning Boost

Depending on which part you take, the CPA Exam can last anywhere from 2.5 to 4.5 hours. There is nothing worse than trying to concentrate for such a long stretch of time while your stomach is continuously growling to remind you it wants food. It is also distracting to feel light-headed as you are starting to work on that first Simulation question. With that in mind, I wanted to share 2 quick and easy breakfast recipes that will give you the energy to get through that Exam:

  1. Omelet with American Cheese
    The eggs in the omelet give your body the protein it needs for energy, so it wont steal it from your muscles.
  2. Quick Cinnamon-Sugar Oatmeal
    Prepare one (or 2) servings of Quaker Quick One-Minute Oats according to directions. Stir in 1 tsp sugar and a sprinkling of cinnamon (add more sugar and cinnamon, if desired). It will taste just as good as old-fashioned oatmeal, but in less time!

    While the oatmeal does not contain as much protein as the omelet, it does contain soluble fiber and carbohydrates. Fiber makes you feel full and lessens your appetite, while the carbs provide your body with energy.

Here are a few quick suggestions in the event that you are too nervous or dont have enough time to cook:

  • Cinnamon raisin toast or bagel
  • English muffin, toast or bagel topped with the following:
    - Peanut or almond butter
    - Peanut butter and jelly
    - Cream cheese (I like to add a teaspoon of apricot preserves on top; sounds weird but it's delicious and satisfying)

Hopefully, my suggestions will give you the energy and nutrition you need to get through your Exam! Good luck!