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.