POWER SNACKS FOR YOUR BRAIN

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It’s 3:00pm and you’re tired and suffering from brain fog. How are you going to make it through the rest of your work day? It’s time for a Brain Power Snack! At this point in the day, you’ll want to avoid things like caffeine and processed sugars. Caffeine may affect how well you sleep later and processed sugars will only make you crash. Focus on healthy fats and hunger satiating proteins. Here are 5 of my favorite Brain Power Snacks!

1. Avocado Toast

It’s hipster, I know! But it’s so simple and full of healthy fats that provide sustainable energy and complex carbs that provide a quick burst of energy. It’s an all-in-one snack!

You can keep it simple or make it fun like these recipes from Amanda at mindfulavocado.com

2. Nut Mix.

Try a handful of mixed nuts containing Pecans, Brazil nuts, and macadamia nuts. These nuts are packed with healthy fats and Vitamin E that combat aging affects on the brain.

3. Yogurt with Blackberries and Toasted Almonds.

Yogurt is packed with probiotics that balance gut flora and supports a healthy gut-brain axis. Add in the polyphenol power of blackberries to improve your cognitive and motor skills and Vitamin E packed almonds and you have an excellent Brain Power Snack! Check out this delicious recipe from A Foodcentric Life.

You can make this recipe plant based by subbing the Greek Yogurt with a plant based alternative. My favorite plant based yogurt is from Kite Hill! Their yogurt is so creamy and doesn’t lose its consistency when you add fruit to it like some other brands. I even use the unflavored version as a sour cream alternative 😉

4. Almond Butter and Celery Sticks.

Are we seeing the trend yet with nuts being the primary “go-to” for Brain Power Snacks? This snack is full of hunger satiating fiber and protein, and healthy fats.

5. Protein Shake.

If you’re like me and like something super quick, try this protein shake. With plant based proteins and naturally sweetened with monk fruit, you can easily mix in a shaker bottle with almond milk and ice and you’re set! Sometimes, I even add it to my morning smoothie!

In the workplace, “you are what you eat” really does have meaning. What you eat directly affects your energy and productivity. Do you have a favorite healthy snack you bring to work? Have coworkers seen you eating something and asked for the recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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