As the afternoon rolls along (or drags on, depending on your take), the office candy bowl sees an uptick in traffic. But a new study shows that it’s not sugar, but protein that you should reach for to beat an afternoon slump.
The study, from the University of Cambridge in England and published in the November 2011 issue of Neuron, found that while glucose (sugar) blocks certain neurons that help you feel awake, the amino acids in protein prevent that from happening. So, if you eat some carbs at lunch, a protein-rich afternoon snack may keep you from feeling sleepy. And since protein helps keep you feeling full longer, that snack might tide you over better than a sugary one and keep you from snacking too much throughout the afternoon.
—Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.
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Try this flavorful, crunchy recipe for Spiced Chickpea "Nuts"
Nonfat yogurt snack makes a great snack. Try Greek yogurt, which delivers more protein than regular yogurt.
Banana and peanut butter together make a filling snack with lots of protein.
Skip the two slices of bread and have an open-face tuna sandwich.
Sip on a nonfat latte (decaf or regular) to help you power through your afternoon slump.