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3 Energizing Snacks For Long Work Days

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Many workers with 9-5 jobs know the “afternoon slump” very well, as they seem to get tired every day and lose focus around 2 pm. You may feel tired from lack of sleep or too much stress, but your diet also plays a huge role in your energy levels. Instead of pouring another cup of coffee or opening a caffeinated soda, bring these snacks will you for the ultimate energy boost!

Make Your Own Snack Clusters

Many energy bars at the grocery store are misleading and may be more unhealthy than you think. While there are a few nutritious bars you can purchase, it gets expensive to stock up on these snacks every week. Instead, try making your own snack clusters will ingredients in your kitchen! For a daily snack, combine ¼ cup of peeled grated raw beet and ½ cup of peeled grated parsnip, seasoned with salt, and microwave for two minutes- stirring halfway through. Preheat the oven to 325, and mix ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 ½ tablespoons of coconut crystals, and one packet of stevia powder into the vegetables. Form two even-sized balls, then roll into two tablespoons of crumbled freeze-dried cinnamon-apple crisps. Place balls on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes, let them cool, then sprinkle with ¾ teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Multiple this recipe for as many clusters as you want to prepare for your week at work!

Oats

Oats are a great snack for long work days, especially those who sit for the majority of the days, as they give you a boost of energy and have a cholesterol-lowering effect. Oats are also high in fiber, vitamins B and E, iron, and zinc, so you can feel good knowing that you’re giving your body nutrients it needs. Oat-based crackers are a great snack, especially when topped with almond butter. Almond butter contains “good” fat and vitamin E, and will help to keep you satisfied throughout the afternoon.

Nuts

Have you stayed away from nuts because of the high fat content? It’s important to remember that there are good fats and bad fats, and many nuts contain good fats and essential nutrients. Keep a stash of almonds at your desk to eat whenever you feel a little hungry, as they will keep you full while providing protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Other nuts to snack on include Brazil nuts (high in selenium,) and cashews, hazelnuts, and pistachios (great sources of iron.)

Happy snacking!

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