Staying focused in the office after noon is a task that is usually close to impossible…especially if you have had a not-so-light lunch. You probably find yourself feeling foggy, cranky, and sometimes light-headed.
The trick according to Patric Bannan’s book Eat Right When The Time is Tight, is charging your body with food that enhances focus, memory and concentration. Here are seven of our favorite afternoon snacks that will help you stay on top of things:
Eggs might come as a surprise to some but they are a super food when it comes to brain boosting. They contain all nine essential amino acids (essential because your body can’t make them, but still needs them), and they’re loaded with nutrients. Just make sure you take your toothbrush to the office!
Although high in fat, avocados are packed with healthful monounsaturated fat, which helps enhance communication between brain cells. Avocados are also loaded with fiber (11 to 17 grams per avocado), which keeps the hunger away.
Bananas have high levels of potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and fiber as memory boosters. More importantly, bananas contain vitamin B6, which aids in the body’s production of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, all three of which support concentration. What more could you ask for?
Salmon is rich in omega-3 which your brain needs, but can’t create.Your brain needs the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon to strengthen the connections between cells (the body cannot make these essential fats from any other compound). Salmon’s healthy fats also play a vital role in preserving memory.
Leafy greens are among the most beneficial vegetables on the planet because of their nutrient profiles. Spinach, kale, arugula and other leafy greens are loaded with antioxidants including vitamins C, E, and A.
Caffeine from dark chocolate, coffee or even soda definitely creates an unmistakable wake up buzz. Tea may actually help you think more clearly, according to a study published in the Biological Psychology journal. It can also slowdown mental decline. Researchers claim that, when paired with caffeine, a unique amino acid in tea (called L-theanine) increases alertness, reaction time, and memory.