Here Are The Best Snacks To Eat At Work, According To A Nutritionist

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As the 3 p.m. slump fast-approaches, here are five nutritionist-approved snacks to power you through the rest of the workday. Step away from the coffee.

By the time 2 p.m. rolls around, it can be hard to stay focused and alert at work — especially when crawling under your desk for a quick nap sounds so tempting.

What gives?

The afternoon slump is super common and is caused by your blood sugar levels responding to whatever you had for breakfast or lunch, according to Business Insider.

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With deadlines to reach and meetings to still attend, it's time for a pick-me-up. Nutritionist and founder of NAO Nutrition, Nikki Ostrower, recommends snacks low in sugar but high in protein and healthy fat. "This way, it will keep your blood sugar stable all day long in order to keep you energized all day long, while curbing pesky cravings for sweets and caffeine," she said in an email interview.

Check out Ostrower's suggested snacks below:

1. Sweet potato 

Drizzle with coconut butter.

2. Chia seed pudding

 

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Top with berries, hemp seeds, and almonds.

3.  Yogurt 

Make sure you're avoiding sugar (which will make you crash later) by opting for plain yogurt. Dress with some almonds and berries.

4. Protein smoothie

Blend together a nut-milk base, collagen protein, baby spinach, berries, and peanut butter.

5. Chicken lettuce wraps 

 

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Use romaine lettuce and fill it with sliced chicken and avocado for a handheld snack.

The afternoon slump is no match for you now. 

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