5 AFTERNOON SNACKS TO KEEP YOU AWAKE

When the days get hotter it can be easy to feel tired and want to nap. Unfortunately, just because it's warm out doesn't mean you can opt for a nap instead of finishing up your work day. So, here's five afternoon snacks that will keep you awake, and able to finish out your day. 

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Green Tea. Right - so it's not necessarily a snack but dehydration can make you feel sleepy, but getting plenty of fluids will help boost alertness. Water is your best bet for hydration, but if you must have caffeine, opt for green tea instead of coffee. It has less caffeine (about 35 milligrams compared to about 200 milligrams) so you won’t have the same come-down once it wears off. Also, it’s loaded with good-for-you antioxidants.

Chocolate. Like we need an excuse to reach for the chocolate - but this is actually a good pick me up! Cocoa beans naturally contain alertness-boosting caffeine, but not as much as coffee. Chocolate also has heart-healthy flavonoids. Remember, the darker the chocolate, the more the caffeine it has. You only need a little bit of dark chocolate to receive the boost you need. 

Whole Grains. Your body converts carbs to energy, and whole grains break down more slowly than simple, refined sugars (such as white bread or white rice), giving you a more steady energy release. Try noshing on brown rice, oats, barley, and rye. If you want a topper for some whole grain toast, try natural peanut butter and half a banana.

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Fruits. Fruits have sugars for a quick energy burst, but they don’t boost your glucose levels as much as say, candy, so you won’t crash and burn. Try fruits packed with vitamin C, such as oranges and pineapple, which help your body convert fat to energy, so you can ward off fatigue.

Protein. Protein offers a slow energy release. Try lean meats. Even though turkey has a reputation for making you sleepy because it contains tryptophan, a small amount may give your body the fuel ‘boost’ you need to get through a long afternoon.

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