The concept of snacking has always had a negative connotation ever since mother told you not to snack before dinner. But if used properly, snacking can be healthy and beneficial. However, too large of a snack can bring you down for the entire afternoon.
Choose the right snacks
The biggest factor is what you choose to eat. Too high an intake of carbs, fats, sodium and sugar can cause drowsiness and irritability, unless you have a very physical job to burn off the excess calories.
For office positions, consider the following snacks that can boost productivity without creating a slump:
- High-fiber, low-fat crackers such as Triscuits with cheese slices
- Nuts and dried fruit
- Natural peanut butter with crackers or fruit (i.e. spread on apple slices)
- Veggies and a healthy dip, like carrot sticks with hummus or bean dip
- Cottage cheese
- Instant oatmeal packets (reduced sugar, if possible)
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