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.
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.
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
I could spend DAYS 🙃 talking about this combo. Let's be real: sweet potatoes are really sweet poBAEtos! ❤️ I used to hate sweet potatoes but this summer, I'm thinking about all the ways I can use them. A good start to the morning could be my favorite stuffed combination lately. Your body needs complex carbs in the morning to provide you with energy and this fits the bill! The deets: roasted sweet potato with sliced banana, blackberries, sunflower seeds, @salbachia chia seeds, @paleopassionfoods granola, and @wild_friends sunflower butter #thecuttingveg #wildfriendsfun
Drizzle with coconut butter.
2. Chia seed pudding
Top with berries, hemp seeds, and almonds.
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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
Chicken Lettuce Wraps. ???? #lettucewraps . . INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp Olive oil 1 lb. Minced chicken breast. 1 Diced Onion 4 Cloves Garlic Minced 1/4 cup Hoisin 2 Tbs. Soy Sauce 1 Tbsp. Mirin 1 Tbsp. sesame oil 1 Tbsp. Grated Ginger 1 8oz. Can Water Chestnuts Diced 3 green onions finely chopped Head of Butter Lettuce Salt and Pepper . . . Add olive oil to pan with garlic, ginger and onions. Cook on medium/low heat until onions are translucent. Add chicken and cook until golden. Breaking apart any chunks. Drain any excess fat. Add remaining ingredients reserving some green onions for garnish. Cook 5 minutes on low heat so chicken gets tender. Spoon on butter lettuce leaf and garnish with remaining green onions. Thai peanut sauce and chili paste mixed with mirin are my two favorite dipping sauces. If you don't have Thai peanut sauce. Mix peanut butter, hoisin and soy sauce. That'll get you a sauce close to Thai peanut sauce. If you make this incredible dish let me know and tag me I'd love to see it! ??#food #foodporn #yum #instafood #yummy #photooftheday #dinner #lunch #fresh #tasty #foodie #delicious #eating #foodpic #foodpics #eat #foods #guyswhocook #homecook #foodphotography
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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