4 Power Snacks and 1 Guilty Pleasure

Everyone has had that feeling before: It’s two o’clock, you’ve been back from lunch for a little over an hour (hopefully), and your eyes just can’t stay open. No matter what you try, your eyes keep getting heavier and heavier.

Here are four snacks to stash in your desk that will help alleviate those mid-afternoon blues and one to share with your boss while they’re giving you a lecture about getting enough sleep at night.

1.      Blueberries

Tufts University scientists found that blueberries have an incredible ability to boost memory, cognition, and may reverse loss of coordination. If you can’t stomach them raw, try them in trail mix and granola bars to minimize their bitterness.

2.      Whole Grains

Found in just about every kind of snack and energy bar on the market, whole grains slowly release glucose into the blood stream, keeping you mentally sharp all day. Most bars are made with all-natural ingredients, and have fewer calories than a can of diet soda. Some other great sources of whole grains are cereal, oatmeal, and pastas.

3.      Pumpkin Seeds

It’s that time of the season. Instead of watching your kids throw them around the kitchen at one another, take them and bake them with some salt and cinnamon. The seeds are rich in Zinc, an element which enhances brain agility and memory.

4.      Broccoli

Broccoli contains a healthy amount of Vitamin K, which has been shown to boost brain power and cognitive function. For the best results, eat raw or as close to it as you can..

Guilty Pleasure: Caffeine

Found in just about every workplace drink machine, caffeine can be the perfect stimulus one needs to perform at their highest. Be careful though. Too much will have the opposite effect. Taking in moderate amounts (50-300mg) can increase alertness, energy and ability to concentrate. It will not, however, get you out of an uncomfortable meeting with your boss. But, it may lighten the mood.

Having a healthy snack at your desk can greatly improve productivity and overall well-being. These snacks will also bring a little bit of Boulder into your office with their freshness and variety.

It’s That Time of Year Again…

Fight Fall Colds with Arrow

It happens every year. One day you’re enjoying the cool fall breeze and the next you’re in bed with a horrible cold. It only takes one sick person to spread illness around the office and at Arrow Office Products and Interiors we want to help stop the bug right in its tracks.

This season, break out the big guns. The best way to keep yourself and everyone healthy is to keep your hands clean. We carry Purell hand sanitizer in a bunch of different sizes, but the best practice is for everyone to have a bottle at their desk and a large container for community spaces.

Purell Hand Sanitizer

This economy sized Purell hand pump is perfect for high traffic areas where germs like to linger. Do you know the top three dirtiest places in the office?  They are the break room sink faucet handles, microwave door handles and keyboards. From that we can gather that germs are all over the office. Order one of these and we’ll save you $10!

Germs also like to hang out on vending machine buttons, water fountain buttons and door handles. Although it would be easy to lock yourself up in your office or cubicle, it’s not very efficient. As long as you keep your hands clean and don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose, you should be fine. If you’re still worried, have a few of these Touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers installed around the office.

Stay healthy, keep your hands clean

This will remind everyone to periodically sanitize their hands, plus the foam is fun to play with!

Purell Display Bowl

This display canister is full of 0.5 fluid oz bottles of hand sanitizer and is perfect for setting out in lobbies or conference rooms. Because they’re a lot smaller, these bottles fit great in purses or laptop bags.

Of course, there are many other things you can do to keep yourself healthy. Exercise and a good diet also help your immune system fight illnesses, but we’ll cover all of that later.

Stay healthy everyone!