Have you ever had a really productive day until that mid-day slump kicked in and suddenly you didn’t feel like getting anything done anymore? When that feeling hits you, it can really kill your efficiency at work. So how do you beat it? Here are some yummy foods that boost you energy to keep you out of that mid-day slump.
Toast: Add some peanut butter and a banana to your average two pieces of toast in the morning to give yourself an extra boost. To beat feeling tired mid-day, it is important to start your morning off right with a filling and nutritious breakfast. Many people don’t realize it, but it is important for woman to take in about 300 to 400 calories for breakfast and men take in around 500. Eating a healthy breakfast is the best way to ensure you’ll have energy throughout the day. If you get tired of toast, switch up your morning routine with a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, or an English muffin topped with scrambled eggs and a slice of low-fat cheese.
Hummus: Complex carbs are a great way to boost energy fast because they digest quickly. Foods like hummus, whole grain breads and cereal, fresh fruits, and vegetables are great sources for complex carbs and they will give you the boost you need to sail through that slump. Mid-morning or afternoon, reach for some veggie sticks or whole-wheat crackers dipped in some hummus and you will feel ready to power through the day.
Cashews: Nuts like cashews, almonds and hazelnuts are not only rich in protein, but they are also a good source of magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral that converts sugar into energy. If your body is running low on magnesium, you may feel more fatigued. Snack on a handful of nuts in the afternoon and it will boost your energy levels to get through that slump. Just make sure to pay attention to portion control as nuts are high in (good) fat.
Turkey: Contrary to popular belief that turkey can make you feel tired when eaten in large amounts, this lean meat is actually a great source of protein containing the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine is an amino acid that is responsible for boosting attentiveness and alertness. Meats also contain B-12, a vitamin that boosts energy levels while fighting insomnia and depression.
Beans: Beans, whole fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great sources of fiber that most people don’t have enough of in their diet. Fiber works by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and maintaining steady blood sugar levels and therefore steady energy. Eat these healthy foods at any point during the day to keep you feeling full and energized.
Water: Okay so it is not exactly a food, but water is necessary for the digestion of food and it is also a way to avoid the mid-day slump. Some studies show that even mild dehydration can cause your metabolism to slow and your energy levels to drop. Staying hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day is essential for your health, bodily processes and energy.
Dark Chocolate: While it is not suggested to run straight for a Snickers from the vending machine when you start feeling tired, it is safe to say a little bit of dark chocolate can actually boost your energy and your mood. How? Because it not only contains caffeine, but dark chocolate also contains theobromine—a chemical compound with a similar (although lesser) affect to caffeine.
Brown Rice: Not only is it a source of slow releasing energy, it is packed full of B Vitamins and protein. Did I mention it can aid weight-loss by keeping you feeling fuller, longer? Brown rice is a healthy carb to include in your diet for sustained energy throughout the day.
Spinach: I bet you aren’t surprised to see this on the list since spinach seems to be a cure-all super food these days. This leafy green is a great source of antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium, Vitamins B and C, and is low in calories while high in fiber. Again, this vegetable will keep you full and energized so you can concentrate on getting through that mid-day slump.