If you find yourself dozing off at work or really wishing you’d hit the snooze button another time, it may be time to consider your food choices throughout the day before you reach for that energy drink to keep you going until your lunch break, or when it’s time to punch out for the day. For a quick boost of energy, try snacking on one of these foods to get you going in the morning or during that afternoon lull.
Specifically cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts. A handful of nuts contains a ton of protein and magnesium, which helps your body metabolize sugar and turn it into energy. Magnesium deficiency has also been linked to low levels of energy.
Okay, maybe it’s a cop-out, but coffee has been proven again and again to increase alertness, mental acuity, and focus. Stick to black coffee over sugar-packed energy drinks to avoid drinking your daily calorie budget in one go.
According to Self.com nutritionists Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D., the combination of natural sugars and fiber in raspberries gives your body a steady stream of energy without crashes later on.
The Self.com nutritionists also noted that a common cause of tiredness is iron deficiency. Lentils are a great way to get some iron into your diet, even if you’re a vegan or vegetarian avoiding more traditional sources of iron like red meat.
5. Cheese and crackers
A snack made of whole grains and protein can help up your blood sugar without the crash that comes from sugar and refined carbohydrates. Whole-grain, baked crackers and a low-fat cheese is an excellent option for a savory energy boost.
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