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Wakey Wakey ...... 5 great snacks for sleepy afternoon!

Have been fighting really hard to combat the sleepiness in the afternoon?

According to National Sleep Foundation, adult’s strongest sleep drive generally occurs between 1:00-3:00 pm.
It is also said that 60-70% of energy within the human body has been consumed when it comes to afternoon. The blood glucose level will also be relatively low.
Under this situation, it is time to replenish certain amount of nutrition in order to re-energise your body.

Here are some tips to increase your efficiency in a sleepy afternoon.

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High-fiber sesame crackers

Sesame is rich in iron which helps our muscles store and use oxygen. Obtaining appropriate amount of iron can help to increase the amount of oxygen carried to the brain cell and thus provide energy.  

Certain amount of carbohydrates will raise the blood glucose level and again produce more energy to support your work in the remaining working hours.

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Yogurt with oatmeal

According to a food writer, oats are great source of magnesium which plays a vital role in energy production. Some experimental and clinical data also suggest that there is a correlation between magnesium deficiency and depression.

All of us know that the lactic bacteria in yogurt create is great. It is also said that yogurt can support our immune system as well as lower body fat. Avoid instant oatmeal packs which may contain high content of sugar. Pick the right one to make your day healthy.

Mixing these two healthy food together will definitely boost your afternoon in a really healthy way.

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Mixed dried fruit and nuts

Nuts contain lots of unsaturated fat and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acid which is good for our health.
The fatty acid in nuts also contains phytosterols which help to lower cholesterol.
Besides, dried fruits contain natural sauce of sweetness which is much healthier than normal sugar!

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Have you ever think of eating popcorn in office?

3 cups of plain popcorn contain no more than 100 calories and 15 gram of carbohydrates which make the best portion of snacking in the afternoon.

A study presented to the American Chemical Society (ACS) also showed that popcorn contains the most antioxidants which protect cells from damage and lower the risk of heart disease.

Fancy something salty? Add a dash of sea salt for flavor if you desire.

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Ginger Tea

Put aside your coffee and grab a cup of tea! Tea contains 0 calories but is able to boost muscle endurance, scientists said.

Mixing ginger with tea will provide a soothing effect which help to lower the risk of catching bacteria in office which will then lead to flu and coughs.

Choose a better option, choose tea over coffee!

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Make sure you are getting enough water

Stay hydrated during the day to keep you awake! Water is a natural source that can power up your day.
It is easy for us to forget about water during the day. Place a water bottle on your desk and make sure you drink it regularly!

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Stay away from high fat and sugar content!

A small piece of chocolate cookie or chocolate is not a big deal?

According to a nutritionist from Los Angeles, sugar-rush snacks will increase your blood sugar as well as your insulin output. You may feel a boost in the short term, but in a couple of hours you’ll come crashing down.
Combing the fact that we are more likely to sit in the office for the whole day, these high sugar and fat snacks will definitely increase our weight.

Don’t want to be waken up by your boss and get embarrassed? Make sure your office drawer got one of the above snacks!

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