We love food. It’s that simple. We’re always looking for excuses to snack! Whether bored or stressed, nervous or happy… usually, all emotions cause us to want food.
But let us share another reason to eat: greater productivity. We all want to be grinding… whether at work or the gym and hard work requires focus, a clear mind and oodles of energy. Eating the right foods at the right times can do exactly that.
Allow me to add some basic science to the above. Glucose is the source of energy for our brain and body; it's what helps us stay alert and focused. Almost everything we eat is designed to stimulate glucose production in our bodies. So when we’re running low on glucose, we tend to get irritated, distracted and lose focus. Have you ever tried working on an empty stomach… if you’re anything like me then you can’t work around those hunger pangs. They’ve just got to be addressed.
But wait… before you go start stuffing your face we need to understand that different foods are metabolised differently. For example, foods that are rich in carbohydrates or sugar release glucose rapidly, so you’ll get an immediate burst of energy, but what follows is a ‘carb/sugar crash’. So it’s paramount to assess the consequences of your snack choices when productivity is your priority.
So to help you make the right choices and inspire your next snack, check out these 8 different snack options that will boost productivity!
A handful of almonds is quite simply the hole filler…Super easy to pack into your bag and a really convenient snack. Packed full of healthy fats and protein, this relatively inexpensive snack will help contribute to your macronutrient targets whilst providing much-needed energy.
Right ok, we know we know, Green Tea technically isn’t a snack as such... but it is a healthy, caffeinated substitute for coffee. Powerful antioxidants flow through your brew that mop up all those free radicals. The caffeine hit will bring your focus in line. Let us not forget the multiple other benefits including lowered blood pressure, kick-starting your metabolism, and giving you that sheen to your healthy skin…who can say no to that?!
Bananas are full of carbohydrates and therefore glucose so they are the perfect food to give you the energy you need. Again, easy to pack, easy to eat on the go, and they will hit you satiety center, stopping you from snacking on other things throughout the day.
Eggs are bursting with nutrition from the egg white to the yolk. In particular, however, a nutrient called choline, which belongs to the family of B vitamins is known to improve memory and speed up reaction times. Who said eggs are just for breakfast?! Boil a couple with your breakfast and pack in your bag.
NO! you didn’t read that wrong! Chocolate of the darker variety is loaded with nutrients that contribute to your productivity. Typically 100g of dark chocolate contains 43mg of caffeine, combine this with the sugar and you have just the right energy booster to get the job done. Yup, that’s right, I just gave you another excuse to eat chocolate…you’re welcome.
Ok, so again not another snack but did you know that when you think you feel hungry, most of the time you’re not actually hungry… but thirsty instead? Whilst sipping on fluids throughout the day is always a good idea for hydration, if you get the urge to snack, a glassful of water is a really good option to get you through to the next meal
So for those looking to mix things up a bit, what do you think about the following combinations?
We’ve all heard the adage ‘An apple a day keeps the Doctor away’. But imagine layering slices of a golden delicious with a generous dollop of your favourite nut butter? Perfect combo for protein and energy packed snack
The quality and amount of sleep you get is also linked to what we eat. And being hungry can lead to bad sleep. So if you get around to dinner quite early, maybe you could do with a snack to help your body throughout the night. Yogurt and granola are slow burning and sweet enough to satisfy cravings at night. Set you up a treat for the day ahead.
Slice your favorite veggie, dip into a pot full of hummus and there you have it… a creamy and crunchy snack. Carrots are delicious and you can pair hummus with pretty much anything. And because chickpeas make up the majority of hummus, it contains Omega 3 fatty acids and amino acids which help improve cognitive function and boost your mood. Hummus also packs lots of protein and calories that help curb your hunger longer.
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