Any of this sound familiar? Heavy eyelids, constant head nods, lost concentration, and uncontrollable yawning in the afternoon? If so, welcome to my personal midday hell. Since I begin working from home in January, I noticed my mornings are full of energy and productivity, but the strangest thing happens in the afternoon when I begin to work on new assignments and projects. My body begins to act as if it’s been sleep deprived for months. I knew I needed to make some changes to my routine. So I did a little research and found out there are foods that energize you in the afternoon
Many times I stay away from sweet treats in fear of a sugar crash and burn that may last for about an hour. Seriously, there were days I was literally crying as I grind through the rest of my afternoon to-do list. Fighting the sleep like a baby with tears of sleepy pain running downs my face. The afternoon slump can get you in the worst kind of way, but there are some tasty bites you can try before talking yourself into mini power nap. Get out the slump by trying these seven foods that energize you in the afternoon.
According to Avocado Central, avocados have nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, including iron which carries oxygen throughout your body so cells can produce energy. When levels of iron are low, fatigue, weakness and poor tolerance to temperature extremes often result. So keep a little guacamole in the fridge to enjoy a much-needed energy boost any time of day.
This nutty, chewy bean snack is full of nutrients that contribute directly to a boost in energy. According to Cooking Light, edamame is rich in magnesium and vitamins that our bodies need to convert carbohydrates into energy.
As noted in Women's Day, oranges are loaded vitamin C, potassium, and folate, all of which keep your energy stable over time. So peel one up for an afternoon snack that'll help you go till the end of the day.
According to Eat This, bananas are rich in resistant starch, which literally resists the digestion process. This feeds healthy gut bacteria, which suppresses the appetite and leads to more efficient fat oxidation and energy.
Strawberries are an excellent source of manganese, which supports energy metabolism, according to Dole. Mix with nuts or add slim milk and make a mid day smoothie for a pick me up.