Everyone with a 9-5 desk job is all-too-familiar with the afternoon slump. Your eyes feel heavy, your shoulders begin to sag and you have to re-read a sentence several times for it to make some sense. While a quick nap hurt no one, this 3 p.m snooze can hamper productivity, especially when you have to meet daily targets. So, what do you do then? Well, you could slug another cup of caffeine to keep your eyes from shutting or do a quick headstand to send the blood pumping to your brain. Either way, you run the risk of staying up at midnight, or scaring the living daylights out of your work colleagues.
But, we have some good news! There are other healthy options that you can include for an instant energy upgrade – carbs for quick energy and protein and fats to make this energy last. Make some space for these 5 snacks that will wake you from your afternoon slump!
This humble fruit is all about low fat, high carbohydrate goodness. Throw in some Vitamin A, potassium and fibre and you have yourself a brilliant, sweet snack for anytime of the day. Reserve it for after your meal or dig in any time you feel hunger strike.
Not only is fruit-based frozen yogurt or plain yogurt delicious, it’s loaded with calcium, potassium and protein. That’s only if you get the right kind though. Stay away from processed packs. They won’t be as nutritious as they claim. Freshly made fruit yogurt is low in fat and high in carbohydrates, and it also boosts your immune system.
Hummus on crackers
We don’t know many people who don’t like hummus. Besides being delicious and versatile, it has high content of folic acid, protein, fiber and Vitamin b6. It works best when you eat this as a mid-morning or post-lunch snack, for that extra boost of energy.
Peanut butter with rice cakes
We can’t stop praising peanut butter. It’s a super source for protein and good fats, as we have already established. PB also contains Vitamin E, which is great for muscle recovery. Rice cakes are really low on calories, most of which come from energizing carbohydrates.
Tuna is a great source for omega 3 fats and protein. It decreases your risk to heart diseases, and in women, decreases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. And with its versatility, you can add it to your lunch or dinner meals, or even in a sandwich for a post-lunch snack.