Three o’clock in the afternoon hits and you immediately feel your body crashing. At this point, all you want to do is take an afternoon nap.
But you can’t because you have two more hours left in the workday. You need to power through.
So, before you reach for that fourth cup of coffee, consider having a handful of almonds or a juicy apple—a much healthier, more satisfying snack that will revitalize your mind and body.
Here are ten foods that are packed full of energy boosters and that can help you avoid falling asleep at your work desk.
Oats are probably one of the healthiest carbs out there. Eating natural oats for breakfast is a great way to keep you full and energized all morning long. Sprinkle on some cinnamon for even more flavor and health benefits.
Apples contain fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. They also high in fructose, which is provides instant energy. This convenient snack is sure to boost your energy levels during an afternoon lull.
Made of crushed chickpeas, hummus is a healthy energy-boosting snack that is sure to curb afternoon cravings. When paired with other foods such as red peppers, carrots and cucumbers, hummus is a great energy booster.
In moderation, dark chocolate is sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. I recommend non-dairy, organic dark chocolate. It contains the highest amount of powerful antioxidants and has the least amount of sugar.
High in fiber, carrots are a crunchy way to take the edge off hunger. They contain high amounts of vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, which is not only good for your eyes but also as an afternoon snack.
Avocados are filled with fiber and healthy fats. They’re also known to lower your cholesterol and are great for your skin too. Cut up an avocado and add it to your salad for a healthy lunch.
Granola makes for a great mid-day snack. Be sure to choose a granola that is raw, gluten-free and preferably without added sugar. Add a little granola to your favorite low-fat Greek yogurt for an extra boost.
Strawberries contain tons of vitamin C, biotin and folic acid. They also have high levels of antioxidants, making for a very healthy snack. Make a strawberry smoothie for an energized mid day snack.
Almonds are packed full of protein and coenzyme Q10. This fuel packed combination is good for both a quick energy jolt and long-term endurance. Grab a handful of almonds to help you power through the remainder of the day.
A favorite food of athletes and trainers, bananas are loaded with potassium. They can help muscles contract properly and relive cramps. Packed full of fructose and glucose, bananas are rapidly digested and turned into energy—making you feel more alert.
Emily Carmichael is a wellness and weight loss specialist. She has researched diets and looked up health supplements online to assist in her weight loss efforts.