Healthy options to get rid of the afternoon slump!

2 August, 2019

Is it just us or does 3pm seem to be the time where we all feel a little sleepy? You too? Turns out, there’s actually a few reasons behind why we often feel the need for a little pick-me-up at around this time. It could be that you’re lacking in sleep, confusing stress for hunger or an imbalance in your daily diet causing you to want to consume fatty or sugary snacks as a quick fix energy boost- but as we all know that refined sugar hit doesn’t last very long and the sluggish feeling often returns shorty after.

Super Smoothie
Smoothies themselves make for great healthy snacks but if you really want an extra boost of energy, why not try adding an energy boosting supplement into the mix. Bananas make for a great base in smoothies as they are a naturally energy boosting fruit minus bad fats and cholesterol. Pop on over to Stone & Peel and try one of their ‘Protein Berry Workout’ Smoothies made with strawberry, banana, milk, manuka honey and raw protein.

Nuts / Trail Mix
A few small handfuls of nuts and / or trail mix is a great energy booster as they contain many vitamins and minerals as well as healthy fats, fibre and protein which will curb your cravings quick smart. Horn of Plenty stock a variety of nuts to nibble on and a super moreish ‘Nature’s Delight’ trail mix that will have you energised and ready to conquer the afternoon ahead.

Yoghurt is a great Lo GI snack that is slowly absorbed and also releases energy slowly into the body providing more stable blood sugar levels and may help curb your hunger until dinner time. Even better if you choose to eat a probiotic yoghurt your gut will love you for it too! Try Chobani probiotic yoghurt conveniently stocked at Woolworths in a variety of fabulous flavours.

Miso Soup
If you’re after something warm to sip on, ditch the afternoon coffee and opt for a miso soup instead. Miso (fermented soybean paste) is packed with vitamins B, E & K which are known to contribute to overall health, physical wellness and vibrancy. Miso also contains gut friendly bacteria that may help in digestion and leave you feeling less ‘sluggish’. Try a beautifully brewed bowl of nourishing Miso soup over at Sushi World.

Hummus & Veggie Sticks
There’s something marvousely moreish about hummus with its nutty flavour and creamy texture. Hummus is often hailed the king of all dips due to its super nutritious properties and is another low GI snack that may help balance blood sugar levels. Veggie sticks and hummus are a great snack option to curb sugar cravings and help fight fatigue. Pop on over to Woolworths and choose from there selection of plain and flavour hummus. Or if you want to whip up a batch yourself, the recipe is simply 1 can of chickpeas, ¼ cup tahini paste, garlic
to taste, 2 tbsps. of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Pop it in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy. YUM!