10 Snacks to bust afternoon slump
It’s that time of the day again — the afternoon slump. And although that Snickers from the vending machine is calling your name, the sugar and empty calories will only to set you up for the big crash later. Studies have shown that during the mid-afternoon (usually between 2 p.m. and 3p.m.), people become drowsy and lose focus. Iron, protein, vitamin B, vitamin C and complex carbohydrates can all boost your energy when you need it most. So before you make a dash to the vending machine, stock up on these snacks to recharge and get your body going when the afternoon slump starts to weigh you down.
Not only do nuts make a great and accessible quick snack, research shows that different varieties provide a high amount of energy. High protein, iron and copper, and Omega 3 fatty acids provide energy. But beware, nuts can be fattening, so place a pre-measured amount in a baggie for a snack to avoid over indulging.
If you're feeling fatigued and sluggish, a lack iron could be the culprit. Keep a small container of iron-rich dried fruits on hand, such as raisins and apricots, to fight afternoon sluggishness.
Instead of reaching for candy when you feel drowsy, opt for a piece of fruit. Research shows its natural sugars can be digested within 30 minutes. Oranges are packed with vitamin C, which is known to reduce fatigue. Apples are high in fiber and are known to sustain more energy than other fruits. Bananas are known for instant energy because the sugars are easily digested. Other fruits to consider are strawberries, grapes, peaches and pineapples.
Not only are veggies low in calories, but their complex carbs can really boost energy. For a snack idea, pack a container of iron-rich broccoli and carrots with a low-fat vegetable dip.
Tuna is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which means it is an important source of energy for the organs. Spread tuna fish on crackers with cheese for a light, energy boosting snack or add tuna to salads.