How To Avoid The 3pm Slump?
We all know that all too familiar feeling of the 3 pm slump. You know you have at least a couple more hours of work do to, but the motivation has plummeted. There is no better way to refuel than with a snack, but what to eat?
It’s so tempting to reach for a coffee or a can of soft drink, but the reality is that they will only provide a temporary spike in energy.
The simple sugars in processed food and beverages are broken down by our bodies easily, which causes an immediate spike in sugar, providing your body with energy for a short burst of time. Then what? In half an hour your body is hungry again, and the sugar will make your energy levels lower than they originally were.
Here are some quick and easy snacks that you can bring to work and have at your desk to give you a little boost that will keep you going in the afternoon.
1. Nuts and fresh berries
Healthy fats and fibre are a saving grace for sustained energy. They provide your brain with fuel to get through your work and will hold you over until dinner without the need to start ravenously going through the fridge and pantry for food the instant you get home from work.
TIP: Try to avoid buying dried berries as they often contain added sugar and preservatives.
2. Veggie sticks
Raw vegetables such as carrots, capsicum, celery, fennel and cucumber are a fantastic snack that is perfect for when you are not hungry but are looking for something to crunch on at your desk (if it doesn’t bother your co-workers). They are low in calories and high in micro nutrients to fill your body with essential vitamins and antioxidants that can help the functioning of the brain and nervous system.
TIP: For something a bit more filling dip the veggie sticks in some smashed avocado, mixed with lemon juice and salt.
3. Raw energy balls
These energy balls are delicious and can be whipped up on the weekend and stay in the fridge all week for when you need a little energy kick.
1 cup Medjool dates
2 tbsp almond butter
1 cup almonds
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp water
1. In a food processor place the dates, almond butter, half of the almonds, cacao, salt, cinnamon. Start blitzing, adding the water as you need it to create a paste that holds itself together when you roll it.
2. Chop up the rest of the almonds and put them on a flat plate.
3. Roll the paste into little balls and coat with the chopped almonds.
4. Place all the energy balls on a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper and put them in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) to set.
5. Transfer to an air tight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Tip: Try adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to the mixture for some added dietary fibre and protein. Chia seeds are an excellent source of energy.
It is so important to keep a bottle of water at your desk while you are working to balance your blood sugar levels. By drinking water, you dilute the amount of sugar (glucose) in your bloodstream which can lower your blood sugar levels.
Learn how to drink more water here.
Written by Angelica. Follow her on Instagram here.
Read about Angelica and how she fought her demons with food here.
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