Late afternoon is when my energy is usually at an all time low. I used to think that meant a walk to the coffee shop to grab an extra-large cup of caffeine to get me through the remainder of the day. For many, a chocolate bar, bakery treat, or an energy drink might seem like a wise choice.
Sadly, the energy that baked goods, snack foods, and so-called “pick-me-up” beverages provide are short-lived and often followed by a sugar crash that’ll leave you even more exhausted. That’s why choosing healthy, energizing foods—such as lean sources of protein, high fiber, whole grain or complex carbohydrates, and natural sugars are more effective at putting the pep back in your slow step.
Here are 20 foods to reach for in an energy slump…
There’s a reason why oatmeal typically sits at the top of most recommended breakfast lists—it’s the perfect fiber-fuelling food to start your day off energetic and power you through the entire morning without dragging your feet. Foods that are high in healthy fiber digest slowly so you don’t suffer a mid-morning snack craving.