We are all victims of that time during the day, right between lunch and 6 o’clock, where we find ourselves running out of steam; and let’s be honest, if no one was around, we would all go for a nap right at our desks.
One of the main reasons of feeling this way is because our bodies are not getting the sufficient nutrients that it needs in order to get our energy at the adequate level to help us continue working properly
And if you think you are getting enough food during the day but you still are faced with the afternoon energy slump, it is simply because the foods you are eating are not the right ones.
We all get hungry while working, and that’s not a crime. Refueling your energy is actually key in order to stay productive; so why not prepare your own healthy snacks at home that you can nibble on at your own desks?
Ditch the processed, sugary, sodium and unnecessary carbs-filled snacks that you normally would buy at your nearest mini mart, and replace them with homemade healthier options. Make the swap, and try these instead:
Cut up your favorite fruits (personal favorite? Strawberries, raspberries, and bananas). Fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, and they are also a great source of antioxidants that are needed for a stronger immune system. If you don’t have the time in the morning to cut them out, bring in oranges or apples that you will only need to wash
Whole Grain Crackers:
Your brain needs glucose in order to function the way you want it to; especially during the times you feel like your brain is too fried to finish a project you are working on. And where do you find glucose? Carbohydrates. Whole grain crackers contain complex carbohydrates, which are considered one of the best energy boosters out there. Pair the crackers with cheese (low fat feta, or even ricotta) for more protein
High in protein, vitamin E, and omega-3’s, these nuts are great afternoon pick me ups. Make sure to stick to a handful because of the caloric content
Packed with protein and healthy fats, you can never go wrong with a little Greek yogurt. Add some fruits to your liking, and honey or muesli for more sweetness
Packed with calcium, protein, and probiotics (which are great for your digestive system), you can never go wrong with a little Greek yogurt. Add some fruits to your liking, and granola or honey for more sweetness
One slice of multigrain toast with half a ripe avocado, tomato slices, fresh basil, and sea salt. Just half an avocado contains almost seven grams of fiber. The reason why you keep hearing that avocados contain the “good kind of fat” is because it’s true. They’re called monounsaturated fats that your body actually need to help lower the bad cholesterol levels. And who doesn’t love avocado?
Apples & Peanut Butter:
Peanut butter contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat. Those “healthy” fats and protein will give you plenty of energy. Just don’t go over 2 tablespoons, as these two are enough to give you the essential amount of nutrients to get you through the day. Slice up an apple or two, and spread some organic peanut butter on top. What I personally like to do is sprinkle a little muesli on top of the peanut butter as well for more crunch