We all suffer from the afternoon “slump”, but coffee and soda are not necessarily the answer (except I LOVE coffee in the morning). We each have a unique body clock that is also regulated by our individual hormones, sleep patterns, temperature and our environment. A very typical fluctuation in this is between 2-4pm…..and well, we sort of can just “crash”. The healthy way to boost this is with a healthy food, not artificial lifts that actually can make it even worse.
Here are some great foods to turn to in order to “boost” that slump!
Kiwi. These unique tropical fruits are packed full of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. They are bound to give you that great pick-me-up from a quick afternoon snack….and they are so yummy and easy to eat!
Kale, spinach, swiss chard (especially rainbow). These are easy immediate energy boosters because they are simply LOADED with so many essential vitamins and minerals that we need to stay energized. Steam it the night before and bring it with you as an easy cold snack.
Eggs. Honestly, how many articles can we write about eggs?? They have gotten such a bad rap over the past few decades, but they are truly the world’s “perfect food”. They are loaded in protein, the kind that releases energy slowly, filled with healthy fats, and the rich B vitamins that we need every day. Hard boil them and they are easy to pack and go for a late afternoon snack.
Apples. “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. I’ve always loved that saying. I know there’s something to it….well, lots actually, apples are amazing. As far as energy goes, they have wonderful natural sugars and they are very high in antioxidants. I’ve read some amazing things on apples (another post for another day). They are an easy on the go snack and a quick energy booster!
Raw almonds. Go nuts over nuts! These are packed full of healthy fats, slow digested protein for longer lasting energy and fiber. It’s an easy snack for a quick jolt.
The best lesson to remember is to feed your body consistently, and that doesn’t always mean just breakfast (or coffee for many of us), lunch and dinner. Learn to feed your body some healthy boosting snacks in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon to keep your metabolism revved and give you that great energy boost that you need to finish your day.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!! ( :