It’s the middle of the day, shoulders are sagging, eyelids are feeling heavy, contemplating a quick car nap, maybe leave the office early … Where did this sudden energy roadblock come from?
For many of us, caffeine is the answer, reaching for another cup each time the feeling of tiredness sneaks its way back onto us. But what if, we took preventative measures instead? Avoiding the feeling altogether. What if we told you, the decisions you make that morning can alter your mood for the remainder of that day. No, we’re not implying giving yourself a pep-talk every morning and making it about the state-of-mind (not a bad argument however). A more realistic solution? Consume the right things! Eat right or at the very least, snack right.
What does this mean? You’ve heard it before – you are what you eat.
The choices you make when packing your lunch or choosing what to buy for lunch will ultimately determine your level of energy throughout the day. This tends to be an element many of us are aware of yet often overlook.
It can be as simple as preparing snacks that will not only satisfy your mid-day snack craving but will simultaneously improve your productivity. Foods that are high in the necessary elements, that provide energy but also help your blood flow and brain activity, are the ones worthy of seeking.
Among the many available choices, here are a couple of our favourite power snacks:
Fresh berries: They help protect the brain from oxidative stress and has shown to help reduce age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Yogurt: High in calcium, vitamin B, vitamin D and probiotics, yogurt can be easily mixed with nuts or fruits and make for an easy but tasty snack.
Nuts and seeds: These are a good source of vitamin E. Almonds, hazelnuts or cashews, Brazil nuts, filberts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, peanut butter, almond butter, and tahini, to name a few. All of which lead to less cognitive decline as you age and an immediate energy boost.
Dark chocolate: Loaded with minerals, they contain fiber, iron, magnesium, and copper.
Whole grains: this can include popcorn and bran cereal. They are packed with nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamin B and antioxidants. Proven to reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease and more.
Everyone’s specific dietary needs and intolerances are different, therefore it is important to find the right snacks for you, but what is common is our ability to plan ahead and be ready to fight inevitable energy declines, with power snacks! The simple steps of purchasing the right ingredients and packing them in the morning can determine the level of energy you maintain throughout your work-day.