You’re powering through the afternoon, feeling invincible, getting things done left, right and centre.
‘Oh no,’ you think to yourself.
‘Can it be?’
‘The dreaded mid-afternoon slump,’ you gasp.
While it’s perhaps not as dramatic as lunchtime soap operas, the mid-afternoon slump can really put a damper on your day.
Especially if you were in a real productivity flow.
There are so many potential causes of the afternoon slump, such as;
- Poor sleep
- Being seated for too long
- Blood sugar crash - A high processed carb lunch could lead to this
- All of the above (can anyone relate?)
Thankfully, there are many ways to avoid or get through the mid-afternoon slump to help you boost your energy, and strategic snacking is one of the ways.
While you may be tempted to reach for the nearest sugary food/beverage, we’d advise you look for a better alternative (perhaps healthy snacks?)
If you're looking at adding more sugar in to this situation, it can easily lead to another energy crash later on.
So, what do we look for in an afternoon energy snack instead?
- Protein to keep you satiated
- Healthy fats and/or carbs for some energy
- Fibre to keep blood sugar stable
Top 5 healthy afternoon snacks for energy
Remember (and we have to keep reminding ourselves about this too, post-it notes work well), don't eat too much of a good thing.
All of your work can be undone pretty quickly if you find the foods you love to snack on and then you start to chow down all the time and in quantities you can't control.
Everything in moderation and your afternoons will remain healthy, your energy aplenty and you'll also feel full!
And, without further ado, here are our Top 5 healthy and energising snacks for you to eat!
#1 -Wholefoods Bars
Containing a mixture of protein, fat, carbs and fibre to give you energy and keep it stable, having some Wholefoods Bars on hand are a sure winner against the afternoon slump.
If you’re looking for a quick burst of energy, how about the Super Cubes Double Espresso Bar?
Just be mindful of your caffeine tolerance and how late in the afternoon this snack is as your sleep may be affected.
Have you tried these Wholefoods Bars yet?
If you have, which of the 10 flavours is your favourite?
#2 - Smoothie Cubes
Our original Super Cubes smoothie cubes product, makes making smoothies incredibly easy and convenient too.
For that quick energy hit, how about our Wake Me Up smoothie with a bit of caffeine to get you started?
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#3 - Avocado chocolate mousse
Another fantastic all-rounder snack to add to your arsenal.
Containing all the goodness of avocado, with some fat for fuel and fibre to keep your blood sugar stable, the avocado may just be the perfect ingredient to get you started.
Adding some cacao (chocolate) into the mix improves blood flow due to the flavonoids and theobromine present.
Oh, and did we mention it’s super tasty?
#4 – Energising Yoghurt
This is another great way to get in a mix of nutrients.
Opt for regular yoghurt or even plant based sources like coconut as the base.
Then add in some extra ingredients of your choice, to sustain you a bit longer, such as;
Add some of these ingredients to the yoghurt of your choice;
Feel free to add in some extra cacao powder or nibs to give it that extra energising boost!
#5 – Roasted sweet potato and cinnamon
This one requires a little more planning than the others in our Top 5.
But if you’re someone who regularly has an afternoon slump, then it can be a great idea to prepare these ahead of time.
Simply chop up some sweet potatoes, drizzle in olive oil and some sea salt and put in the oven until they’re soft inside.
Add some cinnamon to them afterwards as a way to keep your blood sugar stable.
Yum, and the aroma through the office or at home is divine!
Anything else that can help with your afternoon energy?
There’s another crucial part of your snacking experience that is really important in getting through the mid-afternoon slump and it is….
When we’re feeling tired, it is our body letting us know that it probably needs some rest.
Eat your food and don’t do a single other thing, even if that’s only for 5 or 10 minutes (please, not 5 or 10 hours. It really doesn't work).
You’ll be surprised at how different you feel compared to always eating on the go.
Interested in learning more on this topic?
We have another informational blog post here for you to read through that covers mindful eating in a bit more detail.
What’s your favourite way to get through an afternoon slump?