Do you get peckish mid-afternoon and find yourself reaching for the biscuit tin? Here are some healthier snack ideas for when the munchies strike.
It’s a familiar scenario. You’ve eaten lunch and gone back to work for the afternoon. But as 2.30pm rolls around, your eyes start to get heavy. You feel sleepy, the odd yawn creeps out and you just want to curl up and take a nap. It feels like a very long time til 5.30!
If you’re fortunate enough to work for Google then you can pop off to one of their nap pods for a power nap. Most of us don’t have that option, we just have to struggle through the afternoon as best we can.
This is all very natural, it’s down to our circadian rhythms – the natural sleep signals which make us feel sleepy at night and in the middle of the afternoon. Other factors are also an influence, such as how hydrated we are, what we’ve eaten for lunch and how long we’ve spent in front of a screen.
So, assuming that you don’t work for Google, what can you do about it? You might reach for a sugar and caffeine fix to try and wake yourself up. But although you’ll get a sugar high, that can just prolong the problem. It is usually followed by an energy crash 30 minutes later, as your body releases insulin to deal with the sugar rush.
A smarter option is to make sure that you plan ahead and stock up with healthier snacking options. Something that’s high in protein and low in sugar, to help you to stay alert when the munchies hit.
Citrix GoToMeeting has put together this fab infographic with 15 great healthy snack ideas. Some of them are probably familiar but I bet there’s at least one or two that you haven’t tried before. I am a huge fan of hummus with crackers or veggie sticks, and a smoothie is a great tasting way to boost your protein intake in the afternoon. But I’ve never had kale chips, so that’s one definitely one that I plan to try out.
For more useful tips, take a look at the GoToMeeting resource hub. You’ll find everything from productivity tips to how to become a morning person!